Wednesday Night is Family Night

Humpday saw a new J.J. Abrams show take flight, Jim Belushi return to television, and the return of ABC's comedies. Take a look at the ratings numbers; these are the stats networks will look at when deciding to renew or cancel a show! How are your favorites holding up?

(All ratings information is from TV By the Numbers. Ratings and share are for the 18-49 year old demographic.)

8:00pm - 9:00pm

Survivor, CBS: 12.47 million viewers, 4.0/12 rating/share
Those are pretty much the same numbers as last week, which is a great sign for success. And in case you're wondering, someone named Shannon (from the younger tribe) was voted off.

Hell's Kitchen, Fox: 5.95 million, 2.6/8
Not a huge audience, but a young audience, and that's what counts.

The Middle, ABC: 8.81 million, 2.6/8
A virtual tie with Hell's Kitchen. But can it hold on with new series Better With You behind it? Leading off a comedy block is a tough task.

Better With You (8:30), ABC: 7.97 million, 2.5/7
The new comedy featuring Joanna Garcia was called the best new comedy in a weak class by The AV Club, but that's just wrong. This show is cookie-cutter and just what you would expect.

Undercovers, NBC: 8.57 million, 2.0/6
J.J. Abrams' new show gets off to a rocky start. A 2.0? Yikes. Reviews were fairly split, minus any extremes; no one seemed to hate it, no one seemed to love it. USA Today said it was flat, and I think it needs to figure out what kind of show it is; right now it's either not serious enough or not light enough.

America's Next Top Model, CW: 2.82 million, 1.3/4
Yes, Tyra is still crazy. And last night she sent a girl home immediately after makeovers. What a sadist.

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Modern Family, ABC: 12.61 million viewers, 5.0/14
Yowza! Seems like America was thirsting for some comedy. Great numbers for any show, let alone a sitcom.

Criminal Minds, CBS: 14.08 million, 4.0/11
A 4.0 rating tied for second on the night, a good sign for CBS, which is desperately looking for younger audiences.

Hell's Kitchen, Fox: 7.19 million, 3.2/8
This show is two hours long? Much better numbers in its second hour. I still don't know one person who has seen this show...

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC: 9.68 million, 2.9/8
This show just keeps on truckin'... and getting good guest stars. Also a much better premiere than last year's debut.

Hellcats, CW: 2.32 million, 1.0/3
Still has its head above the water, with more than 2 million tuning in. Can this be The CW's new golden child?

10:00pm - 11:00pm

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC: 10.36 million, 3.5/10
Another two-episode premiere? Less competition means better numbers.

The Defenders, CBS: 12.09 million, 2.9/8
The night's top new show. The reviews are split, but no one seems to be able to outright trash it. USA Today called it "the season's most pleasant surprise."

The Whole Truth, ABC: 4.91 million, 1.5/4
Yikes, these numbers are almost as bad as Lone Star's, and with much less competition. Could this be the first show canceled?

What do you make of the ratings for your favorite Wednesday-night show? Is it in danger? Will it be around for a while?

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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Sep 24, 2010
While I wasn't completely impressed by Undercovers I'm still willing to give it a chance
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Sep 24, 2010
I LOVED The Defenders. It was so much fun.
Sep 24, 2010
Dunno where people were finding any trace of seriousness in Undercovers. The show could easily turn bad if Abrams started taking it seriously. Too many people on the Net expected Alias again. I hated Alias and I like this better. I also appreciate that they are already married so I don't have to sit through a tiring stupid WT/WT.
Sep 24, 2010
who cares if undercovers got a 2.0 for the target, it stillhas 8.5

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