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Modern Family rules ratings, Free Agents on chopping block

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The Wednesday night ratings game gave predictable numbers last night: Most shows were steady or down slightly as they settled into their fall grooves.

Fox led the night overall with a 90-minute The X Factor (11.5 million, 3.9 adult demo rating), which topped 8 p.m. The reality show launched its boot camp phase and its final rating will likely match last week’s number in the afternoon nationals. Factor was followed by a special Raising Hope (6.2 million, 2.3).

In second place, CBS’ Survivor (10.5 million, 3.1) was about on par, followed by Criminal Minds (13.3 million, 3.8) bucking the trend of the night by climbing 6 percent and ranking as the evening’s most-watched show. CSI (11.8 million, 2.9) declined by the same percentage, yet won 10 p.m.

ABC’s comedy block started steady with The Middle (9 million, 2.7), then the second episode of Suburgatory (9.1 million, 3.0) was down a reasonable 9 percent from its stronger-than-expected premiere last week. Modern Family (13.1 million, 5.6) continues to be an amazing half-hour ratings peak, easily the night’s top-rated show. Happy Endings (6.9 million, 2.9) was off a mere 6 percent from its return last week.

At 10 p.m., ABC newcomer drama Revenge (7.7 million, 2.5) seemingly still hasn’t found its bottom, down 7 percent — this show started promisingly enough, but we’re hoping the brakes get put on soon and the show settles while its numbers are still solid.

NBC got an inkling of good news thanks to new comedy Up All Night (5.7 million, 2.2), which climbed a 10th of a rating point after the show was picked up for a full season this week. But struggling newcomer Free Agents (3.3 million, 1.0) did not grow from its poor rating and ranked as the lowest-rated show on a major broadcaster (Will Death Watch 2011 be updated today? Perhaps… ). Harry’s Law (8.2 million, 1.2) and Law & Order: SVU (7.9 million, 2.1) were steady.

Read more:

‘The X Factor’ recap: Moot Camp

‘Revenge’ recap: Senatorial Shenanigans

‘Survivor’ recap: The Weighting Game

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