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Ratings: CBS wins Wednesday, ABC's comedy block takes dip

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ABC still has Wednesday’s top comedies in Modern Family and Cougar Town, but each show in the Alphabet’s comedy block was down week-to-week, according to early Nielsen estimates. Kelsey Grammer’s Hank dropped 19 percent and Patricia Heaton’s The Middle 22 percent from their premieres; meanwhile, Modern Family slipped 15 percent, and Cougar Town dipped 16 percent. Something the Alphabet should worry about: NBC’s The Jay Leno Show topped Eastwick, which magically lost 20 percent of its audience. CBS won the evening with strong time slot performances by The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, and the chart-topping Criminal Minds and CSI: NY. Fox’s Glee held steady.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. Mercy (NBC)

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

Hank (ABC)

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

America’s Next Top Model (The CW)

7.3

7.3

6.7

6.2

3.3

8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried (CBS)

The Middle (ABC)

7.2

6.8

9 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS)

Modern Family (ABC)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

Glee (Fox)

Melrose Place (The CW)

13.5

8.5

8.1

7.3

1.1 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. Cougar Town (ABC) 7.8
10 p.m. CSI: NY (CBS)

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

Eastwick (ABC)

12.0

5.7

5.3

Source: Nielsen

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