TV Ratings: CBS' Wednesday domination is 'Criminal'

russell-ferguson-cat-deeley-sytycd-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

Although FOX's finale of the sixth season of "So You Think You Can Dance" finished fairly strong, CBS still ruled on Wednesday night, thanks to its crime procedurals.

CBS topped the evening with  11.99 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/12 share in households. Second place went to FOX with 7 million viewers and a 4.3/7, followed by NBC (6.2 million, 3.9/7), ABC (4.9 million, 3.0/5) and The CW (1.4 million, 0.9/1).

The adults 18-49 also flocked to CBS, which had a 3.1 rating for the night, ahead of FOX's 2.6, NBC's 2.0, ABC's 1.7 and The CW's 0.6.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Old Christine" (7.8 million viewers, 4.9/8 households), "Gary Unmarried" (7.9 million, 4.8/8)
NBC: "The Sing Off" (6.9 million, 4.3/7)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" finale (6.7 million, 4.2/7)
ABC: "Disney's Prep & Landing" repeat (6.2 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" repeat (1.3 million 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: "Old Christine"/"Gary Unmarried" (2.4)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds" (14.6 million, 9.0/14)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" finale (7.3 million, 4.4/7)
NBC: "The Sing Off" (6.4 million, 4.0/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" repeat (5.2 million, 3.2/5), "Cougar Town" repeat (4.6 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" repeat (1.4 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Criminal Minds" (3.7)

10 p.m.

CBS: "CSI: NY" (13.5 million, 8.5/15)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (5.5 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "Eastwick" (3.7 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (3.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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