CBS eeked out a win on Wednesday with another strong showing by Criminal Minds — up 3% from last week to a 3.1 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Survivor: Philippines — which featured the better-late-than-never booting of Abi-Mara the grump — was down 3% from last week to a 2.8/8 and 10.2 million, but it still won its timeslot in the key demo.
CSI earned a 2.2/6 and 9.5 million, down 15% from its last original two weeks ago to post a series low.
Fox was a close second Wednesday with its two-hour edition of The X Factor, which was down 7% from last week. (It averaged 7.7 million). ABC was third with The Middle earning a 2.2/7 and 7.4 million, Neighbors posting a 1.6/4 and 5.4 million — that’s a series low – Modern Family grabbing a 4.2/11, and Barbara Walters Presents: 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 at a 2.1/6 and 7.6 million.
NBC was fourth with Whitney earning a 1.4/4 and 3.7 million, followed by a repeat of Guys with Kids and and the special Howie Mandel’s Take It All at a 1.1/3 and 3.3 million. Chicago Fire was down 26% to a 1.4/4 and 4.7 million.
Over on the CW, Arrow posted a 1.0/3 and 3.1 million, and a special airing of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with a .7/2 and 1.6 million.