An ABC series that has been a strong ratings performer for the network took a ratings hit Wednesday night, sinking to a season low, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo. But TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the show, "Modern Family," still came in as the top show of the night in broadcast prime.
"Modern Family" lost a half-point in the 18-49 demo from a week ago, settling for a 3.3 average as ABC wound up second overall to CBS for prime time. Most of ABC’s other programming also lost ground: "The Middle" fell two-tenths to a 2.2, equaling its season low; "Back in the Game" dipped two-tenths to a 1.6, hitting a series low; and "Super Fun Night" slipped one-tenth to a 1.9.
Bucking the trend on ABC was "Nashville," which inched up one-tenth from a week ago to a 1.6 in viewers 18-49.
CBS was comfortably ahead in the 18-49 demo, led by "Criminal Minds" with a 2.8 average — up one-tenth from a week ago. "CSI" rose two-tenths to a 2.1, equaling its season high, while "Survivor" slipped one-tenth to a 2.4.
Third-place Fox saw its two-hour "X Factor" deliver a 1.6 average in 18-49, off one-tenth from the previous week.
NBC finished off the pace of its big four competitors, with "Revolution" drifting down one-tenth from last week to a 1.4 average in the 18-49 demo, while "Law & Order: SVU" and "Dateline" both held steady to last week’s numbers: a1.6 for "SVU" and a 1.1 for "Dateline."
For prime time overall, CBS led the way with a 2.4 average in adults 18-49, followed by ABC (2.0 average), Fox (1.6), Univision (1.5) and NBC (1.3). CBS was well ahead in total viewers, averaging 11.1 million to lead ABC (6.9 million), Fox (5.5 million), NBC (5.3 million) and Univision (3.8 million).