law order svu snacks TV ratings: 'Modern Family,' 'SVU' are the people's choice WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Ratings for the People’s Choice Awards were down compared to last year. ABC’s “Modern Family” was the night’s most-watched show, and thanks to improved numbers from “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC actually won the night. CBS’ “Live to Dance” fell a good bit from its premiere Tuesday.

NBC averaged 9.4 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/10 share among households in primetime, getting a rare nightly victory that doesn’t involve an NFL game. CBS (8.9 million, 5.7/9) came in second, beating out ABC’s 7.4 million viewers and 4.6/8. FOX (6.3 million, 3.8/6) came in fourth, while The CW (941,000, 0.7/1) was a non-factor with a night of reruns.

ABC and NBC tied for the lead among adults 18-49 with a 2.7 rating. CBS came in third with a 2.4. FOX’s 1.7 was good for fourth, while The CW came in at 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: “The Middle” (9.3 million viewers, 5.8/9 households)/“Better With You” (7.4 million, 4.7/8)
CBS: “Live to Dance” (7.8 million, 5.0/8)
NBC: “Minute to Win It” (6.8 million, 4.1/7)
FOX: “Human Target” (6.2 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: “Hellcats” rerun (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: “The Middle” (2.8)

9 p.m.

NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (10.5 million, 6.6/10)
CBS: Special – People’s Choice Awards (10.1 million, 6.4/10)
ABC: “Modern Family” (11.8 million, 7.0/11)/”Cougar Town” (6.75 million, 4.2/7)
FOX: “Human Target” (6.5 million, 3.8/6)
The CW: “Hellcats” rerun (813,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “Modern Family” (4.8)

10 p.m.

NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (10.9 million, 7.1/12)
CBS: “People’s Choice Awards” (8.9 million, 5.7/10)
ABC: “Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss” (4.45 million, 3.1/5)

18-49 leader: “Law & Order: SVU” (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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