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Wednesday Ratings: Defenders Defending Its Time Slot

The battle for Wednesday night’s 10:00 hour is proving to be an interesting one. Last week, the debut of Law & Order: Los Angeles bested The Defenders in both the viewers and the demos. This week, Defenders took the viewers, while NBC’s program won the demos. What will happen in Week 3? Place your bets now.

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Wednesday Ratings: Solid Debut for New L&O

Another Wednesday night meant another double-win for CBS. The network, with help from Criminal Minds and Survivor, took both the viewers and the demos. CBS did see a loss, though, in the 10:00 hour. That’s when Law & Order: Los Angeles defeated The Defenders in the time slot.

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Wednesday Ratings: Modern Family’s Welcome Return

ABC didn’t win the night, but it had what the 18-49s wanted to watch: Modern Family. The Emmy-award winning comedy returned last night to its best demos to date. Unfortunately, that half hour wasn’t enough for the network. CBS wound up taking wins in both the viewers and the demos.

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Wednesday Ratings: Oprah Winfrey Special Anything But

Don’t be fooled—Oprah Winfrey doesn’t always have the Midas touch. Despite the A-list filled roster, yesterday’s Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special failed to dazzle. The program came in last during its hour and did worse than the last original Ugly Betty episode.

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Wednesday Ratings: Idol Takes Back the Night

American Idol may have lost to the Winter Olympics last Wednesday, but there is no way the program would let that happen two weeks in a row. Yesterday’s performances from the Top 12 men helped the program take back the viewers and the demos.

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Wednesday Ratings: Idol’s Win Streak Ends

As Avatar recently proved—some records are made to be broken. Last night, American Idol tasted something it hadn’t sampled in some time: defeat. For the first time in six years, the reality show was beaten its own time slot.

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Wednesday Ratings: ABC Feels Some Love

ABC might not have been the winner last night, but Modern Family and The Middle did their best to help. Despite competition from American Idol‘s Group Night, Family reached another series high in the demos. Meanwhile, Middle - with help from Charlie Brown - hit a high of its own.

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Wednesday Ratings: Human Falls Short of Target

Life pre-Idol never looks quite as good as it does post-Idol. Last night, Human Target took quite a hit in its new 8:00 time slot and tied a repeat of Modern Family in the demos.

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  • Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (2.9/9 in 18-49) had 11.2 million laughing.
  • (7.8 million, 2.4/7) gave up 2.6 million.
  • (2.7/8) scored 7.3 million.
  • A * repeat (2.4/7) pulled in 6.8 million.
  • (6.3 million, 1.6/5) added on 500,000.
  • * (1.4 million, 0.6/2) slid by 300,000.

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Wednesday Ratings: Modern Family Remains Strong Against Target

Despite a huge lead-in, Human Target looked vulnerable against non-repeats. The show’s second outing pulled in over 10 million viewers, but placed third in its hour with the demos.

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Wednesday Ratings: No Mercy for Idol Competition

Despite being down 3.5 million from its Tuesday debut, American Idol was still strong enough to blow away the competition.

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