By Lynette Rice
Updated September 29, 2011 at 03:52 PM EDT
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FOX’s two-hour broadcast of The X Factor (3.9 rating/11 share) gave the network a win among adults 18-49, growing by 41 percent over the course of the night. The network’s already bragging that this marks the first time in Fox history that it has won the first two Wednesdays of the season — which could say more about the competition and less about Simon Cowell, but time will definitely tell.

Numbers are based on early results, which means X Factor could see improvements with the finals that come in this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the comedies sure are burning brightly on ABC: Though The Middle (2.6/8, 8.5 million) was down 16 percent versus last week, the premiere of the Jeremy Sisto comedy Suburgatory (3.3/9, 9.8 million) was up 27 percent from the start of Better With You last fall. But the biggest audience flocked to ABC at 9, where Modern Family earned a 5.6/14 and 13.2 million — the best performance of the night in the demo. Not everybody stuck around to enjoy the return of Happy Endings, which still managed to earn a respectable 3.2/8 and 7.3 million eyeballs. As for the sudser Revenge, the news isn’t great: It posted a 2.7/7 and 8.5 million — down 18 percent from its series debut. Hold on, Madeleine Stowe!

Survivor: South Pacific on CBS was down 3 percent to a 3.1/9 (10.4 million viewers). I must admit, I can’t drum up the enthusiasm for coach and Ozzy. Criminal Minds did a little better — 3.6/9 and 12.6 million — while CSI nabbed a 3.0/9 and 11.6 million viewers.

What else can we say about NBC other than, why can’t they get anyone to care? Up All Night dropped 13 percent from last week to a 2.1/6 and 5.3 million. Free Agents muddled through with a 1.0/3 — down 23 percent — and 3.1 million. (Playboy Club? Now you won’t be lonely at the bottom!) Harry’s Law was flat versus last week with a 1.2/3 and 7.4 million, and Law & Order: SVU got a 2.0/5 and 7.1 million. Kathy Bates deserves a better lineup than that. But where on earth do they put her, instead?

And this just in from the CW: H8R had its most-watched episode of the season last night (1.4 million) and was up 50 percent in 18-49. It still only earned a 0.6/2, though. America’s Next Top Model got a 0.8/2 and 1.7 mil.

The bottom line: FOX was first in the demo with a 3.9/11, followed by ABC and CBS (tied, with a 3.3/9), NBC (1.6/4), and CW (.7/2). In viewers, CBS was first with 11.57 million, followed oh-so-close by FOX (11.51 million), ABC (9.3 million), and CW (1.5 million).

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