TV ratings: 'Survivor' and CBS outlast Wednesday competition

jane-fabio-dan-survivor.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

A full slate of original episodes on CBS Wednesday gave the network a pretty easy ratings win. "The Sing-Off" slipped a little from its all-time high Monday ratings but continued to put up solid numbers for NBC.

CBS averaged 12.1 million viewers and a 7.3 rating/12 share in households for the night, beating second place NBC (7.9 million, 4.9/8) by 4 million-plus viewers. FOX (5.8 million, 3.5/6) finished third. Rerun-filled slates on ABC (4.8 million, 3.1/5) and The CW (1.3 million, 0.8/1) rounded out the evening.

The adults 18-49 race was closer, but CBS still carried the night with a 2.9 rating in the demographic. NBC came in second with a 2.6, while FOX, 2.1, was third. ABC snagged fourth with a 1.6, while The CW drew a 0.5.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Nicaragua" (12.4 million viewers, 7.1/12 households)
NBC: "The Sing-Off" (8.15 million, 5.0/8)
FOX: "Human Target" (5.8 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (5.8 million, 3.7/6)/"Better With You" rerun (4.5 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: "Survivor: Nicaragua" (3.5)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" (13.8 million, 8.4/14)
NBC: "The Sing-Off" (8.6 million, 5.1/8)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" season finale (5.9 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" reruns - two episodes (5.87 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Criminal Minds" (3.2)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Defenders" (10.2 million, 6.4/11)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (6.9 million, 4.6/8)
ABC: "Cougar Town" reruns - two episodes (3.3 million, 2.2/4)

18-49 leader: "The Defenders" and "Law & Order: SVU" tied at 2.0

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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