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Fresh off its third straight Emmy win for comedy series, Modern Family ruled Wednesday night, posting the best premiere rating of the season.

The ABC comedy drew 14.2 million viewers and a 5.5 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down only 8 percent from last season's premiere.

New series lead-out The Neighbors couldn't hang on to Modern Family's numbers though, dropping to a still-respectable 9.3 million and a 3.3. An hour-long The Middle kicked off the night to 9 million viewers and a 2.8, down slightly from last year.

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8 p.m.
Survivor 10.1 million viewers (3.0 demo rating)
ABC: The Middle 9 million (2.8)
Fox: The X Factor 9.4 million (3.3) [8-10 p.m.]
NBC: Animal Practice 5.2 million (1.4); Guys with Kids 4.8 million (1.6)
CW: Oh Sit! 0.9million (0.4)

9 p.m.
Criminal Minds 11.6 million (3.1)
ABC: Modern Family 14.2 million (5.5); The Neighbors 9.3 million (3.3)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU 7.1 million (2.1) [9-11 p.m.]
CW: Supernatural (R) 0.7 million (0.3)

10 p.m.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 10.6 million (2.5)
ABC: Revenge recap 5.3 million (1.6)