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NBC Drama Continues to Sink; Three Other Nets Tie for No. 1 TVbytheNumbers

A drama series that was considered to be a hit for NBC continues to be headed in the wrong direction in the ratings, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that "Revolution" sank to a series low Wednesday night, shedding 7% of its audience from a week earlier to notch a 1.4 average rating in viewers 18-49. NBC finished fourth for the night, well off the pace, with Fox, ABC and CBS all tied for first place.

NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" was up, climbing 6% from last week to a 1.7 average in 18-49, and "Ironside" matched the 1.1 it delivered last week while finishing third in the 10 p.m. hour.

The top show of the night was ABC's "Modern Family" with a 4.0 average in adults 18-49, ticking up 3% from a week ago. The network's special "Toy Story of TERROR!" came through with a 3.0, 27% better than what "The Middle" recorded in the time slot last week.

The rest of the ABC lineup had mixed results: "Back in the Game" matched last week's 1.8 average in 18-49, "Super Fun Night" lost 16% for a 2.1 average, and "Nashville" climbed 6% to a 1.6.

CBS kept pace with a 2.5 average for "Survivor" in the 18-49 demo, matching last week's performance, a 2.7 for "Criminal Minds," up 4%, and a 2.0 for "CSI," which bounced back from last week's series-low 1.9.

Fox carried the baseball playoffs, with its ALCS game between Detroit and Boston recording a preliminary 2.4 in viewers 18-49.

For prime time overall, Fox, ABC and CBS all finished with 2.4 averages in the 18-49 demo, followed by NBC with a 1.4 average and Univision with a 1.2. Total viewers went to CBS with 10.1 million, ahead of Fox (8.1 million), ABC (7.8 million), NBC (5.9 million) and Univision (3.1 million).