modern family jan 9 ratings TV ratings: People's Choice Awards up but 'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top showFast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

The People’s Choice Awards broadcast was up a little bit over last year, and it helped CBS score a win in total viewers Wednesday night. ABC also had a decent night, as all of its shows, led by “Modern Family,” improved on their last original episode.

Elsewhere, FOX’s special “Stars in Danger: The High Dive” belly-flopped, shedding about a million viewers from its first hour to its second. NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” meanwhile, scored a season high in viewers.

CBS drew just over 9 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/9 share in households in primetime, beating ABC’s 7.6 million and 4.8/8. NBC (6.8 million, 4.4/7) came in third. FOX (3.4 million, 2.1/3) was fourth, and The CW (1.4 million, 0.9/1) trailed.

The top two networks switched places in the adults 18-49 demographic, with ABC’s 2.6 topping CBS’ 2.4 for the lead. NBC came in third with a 1.9, followed by FOX, 1.3, and The CW, 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “I Get That a Lot” (7.75 million viewers, 4.9/8)
ABC: “The Middle” (8.45 million, 5.3/8)/”The Neighbors” (6.6 million, 4.2/6)
NBC: “Whitney” (4.2 million, 2.7/4)/”Guys With Kids” (4 million, 2.6/4)
FOX: “Stars in Danger: The High Dive” (3.9 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: “Arrow” rerun (1.7 million, 1.1/2) 18-49 leader: “The Middle” (2.4) 9 p.m. CBS: People’s Choice Awards (10 million, 6.5/10)
ABC: “Modern Family” (12 million, 7.0/11)/”Suburgatory” (7 million, 4.3/6)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (8.3 million, 5.5/8)
FOX: “Stars in Danger: The High Dive” (2.9 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: “Supernatural” rerun (1 million, 0.7/1) 18-49 leader: “Modern Family” (4.7) 10 p.m. CBS: People’s Choice Awards (9.25 million, 6.1/10)
NBC: “Chicago Fire” (8 million, 5.2/9)
ABC: “Nashville” (5.8 million, 4.0/7) 18-49 leader: People’s Choice Awards (2.5)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable