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Whether or not it's up against The X Factor, Modern Family keeps winning Wednesday night.
Family sustained its strong showing, entertaining 13.42 million people and posting a 5.7 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — both highs for the night. A two-hour-plus rain delay pushed Game 4 of the American League Championship Series from the afternoon into prime time on Fox, postponing X Factor to Thursday night. The game averaged 9.44 million fans and a 3.0 demo rating, preliminary Nielsen data shows.
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Following Family, Happy Endings had 7.55 million people tuning in at 9:30/8:30c. Also in prime time's middle hour: the night's second most-watched show Criminal Minds (12.68 million), NBC's Harry's Law (7.64 million) and America's Next Top Model on The CW (1.86 million).
At 8/7, Survivor: South Pacific rounded up 10.55 million viewers on CBS, while ABC's The Middle grabbed 8.83 million and NBC's Up All Night 5.25 million. A repeat of The CW's Ringer got 1.17 million, which was hardly worse than the time slot's previous tenant, H8R.
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In the next half-hour, Suburgatory scored 8.79 million people while a rerun of Whitney managed 3.99 million — more than the last first-run episode of the quickly canceled Free Agents .
In the final prime-time hour, CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation attracted 10.78 million fans; ABC's Revenge 7.94 million (its first uptick after precipitously trending downward to 7.70 million from 8.55 million and 10.15 million for its premiere); and NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 7.18 million. Particularly happy news for ABC: the new drama notched a slot-winning 2.7 rating in the industry-prized demo while CSI's 2.6 marked a series low for a fall episode.