TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' rerun helps CBS top ABC's comedy reruns

criminal-minds.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

ABC's reruns of their Wednesday night comedies ("The Middle," "Better With You" and "Modern Family") performed well, but CBS still scored the ratings win thanks to a rerun of "Criminal Minds." FOX scored adults 18049 the top spot thanks to new episodes of "Human Target" and game show "Million Dollar Money Drop."

CBS won the night, delivering 5.4 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/6 share in households for the night, narrowly beating NBC (5.2 million, 3.3/6) and FOX (5.2 million, 3.1/5). ABC came in fourth with 4.9 million viewers and a 3.2/6. No shocker here: The CW finished last, averaging 1.3 million viewers and a 0.8/1.

FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 1.5 rating, while ABC and NBC tied for second with a 1.3. CBS averaged 1.1 in the demo and The C.W. 0.6.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (6.1 million, 3.9/ 7)/ "Better With You" rerun (5 million, 3.2/6)
FOX: "Human Target" (5.7 million, 3.4/6)
NBC: "Undercovers" (4.2 million, 2.6/5)
CBS: Special - "The 12 Annual Home for the Holidays" (3.9 million viewers, 2.6/5)
The CW: "Hellcats" rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "The Middle" and "Better With You" (1.5)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" rerun (6.9 million, 4.4/8)
NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5 million, 3.3/6)
FOX: "Million Dollar Money Drop" (4.7 million, 2.7/5)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.9 million, 2.0/7)/ "CMA Country Christmas" rerun (4.1 million, 2/7/5)
The CW: "Hellcats" rerun 1.2 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (2.0)

10 p.m.

NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.5 million, 4.3/8)
CBS:  "The Defenders" rerun (5.6 million, 3.6/6)
ABC: "CMA Country Christmas" rerun (4.3 million, 2.9/5)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.7)

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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