Ratings: ‘Survivor’ Hits All-Time Low, ‘Law & Order: LA’ Looks Good

by | September 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM | Modern Family, Ratings, Survivor, TV News, Undercovers

'Survivor: Nicaragua's Jimmy Johnson (CBS)

'Survivor: Nicaragua's Jimmy Johnson (CBS)

Week 2 of this TV season’s Wednesday line-up served up few big surprises, though at least two shows were handed a bit of bad news.

In the 8′clock hour, CBS’ ‘Survivor: Nicaragua‘ topped the hour (with 12.2 million total viewers) but dropped 15 percent in the coveted 18-to-49 demo to post its lowest rating ever for an original episode. Meanwhile, time-slot rival ‘Undercovers‘ (NBC) suffered the night’s biggest week-to-week drop in viewership (17 percent), drawing barely 7 million heads.

Thursday’s only new premiere, NBC’s ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles,’ opened solidly by edging out CBS’ ‘The Defenders’ in viewers (10.52 mil vs. 10.38 mil) and dominating the demos.

Other Wednesday ratings notes:

* Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss, ‘Modern Family‘ learned, as it deftly addressed the Cameron-Mitchell issue and dipped a negligible 6 percent in viewers (to 11.9 mil). Rival ‘Criminal Minds’ was the night’s most watched program, as usual, with 14.4 million viewers.

* ABC’s freshman drama ‘The Whole Truth‘ still isn’t delivering a whole lotta viewers, dropping to 4.7 million in its second outing; it also closed out the hour with a measly 1.1 rating. It may soon be time for ‘V‘ to start firing up the spaceship boosters!

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