Ratings: ‘Stalker’ Gets Solid Start as CBS Tops Night

ABC’s “Modern Family” is night’s top-rated show

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CBS’s new crime drama “Stalker” got a solid ratings start with its premiere Wednesday, helping to push the network to an overall win for the night, while ABC’s “Modern Family” was the top-rated show of the night, according to preliminary numbers.

“Stalker,” starring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q as a pair of Los Angeles detectives who track stalking cases, premiered at 10 p.m. to a 2.0 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, even with last fall’s premiere of “CSI” on Sept. 25. The new drama attracted 9 million total viewers.

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The “Stalker” premiere helped push CBS to the top spot in the demo and total viewers for the night, with the network averaging a 2.4/8 and 10 million. Of course, it had some help. “Survivor” at 8 p.m. drew a 2.4/8 — down 11 percent from last week — and 9.5 million total viewers, while the season premiere of “Criminal Minds” the following hour posted a 2.7/8, a minor dip from last fall’s premiere, and was the night’s most-watched show with 11.5 million total viewers.

ABC drew second place in ratings with a 2.2/7 and came in third in total viewers with 7 million. “The Middle” at 8 dropped 14 percent from last week to a 1.9/7 with 7 million total viewers, while “The Goldbergs” at 8:30 ticked down to a 2.2/7 and had 6.7 million total viewers.

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At 9, “Modern Family” dropped off 10 percent from last week but was nonetheless the top-rated show for the night, posting a 3.5/11 with 10 million total viewers. The freshman comedy “Black-ish” at 9:30, however, dropped off sharply from its series premiere last week, falling 24 percent to a 2.5/7 with 8 million total viewers. “Nashville” at 10 posted a 1.5/5 with 5.2 million total viewers.

NBC was third in ratings and second in total viewers with a 1.6/5 and 7.8 million.  The freshman series “Mysteries of Laura” posted a 1.4/5 and had 8.9 million total viewers, while “Law & Order: SVU” the following hour fell off 18 percent from last week for a 1.8/5 and took 7.8 million total viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 also dropped from last week, falling 16 percent to a 1.6/5 with 6.7 million total viewers.

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Fox came in fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 1.2/4 and 3.6 million. “Hell’s Kitchen” at 8 inched up to a 1.4/5 with 3.8 million total viewers, while the freshman series “Red Band Society” held steady versus last week with a 1.1/3 and 3.3 million total viewers.

Univision was fifth place for the night with a 1.1/4 and 2.9 million total viewers, while Telemundo rounded things out in sixth place with a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million total viewers.

The CW aired repeats throughout Wednesday night.