Two new Wednesday night shows in danger of cancellation — ABC's legal drama "The Whole Truth" and NBC's married spy thriller "Undercovers" — did little to help their chances survival.
— CBS and Fox were tied on top of the primetime ratings charts Wednesday night. Technically, it's a tie, but CBS gets a slight edge because they run with an 8-11 p.m. schedule and Fox has a two-hour primetime lineup.
Both networks averaged a 3.1 rating/9 share in the key adults 18-49 demographic. Fox aired a two-hour episode of Gordon Ramsay's kitchen competition "Hell's Kitchen" that was the show's most-watched telecast so far this season. CBS' lineup consisted of "Survivor: Nicaragua," "Criminal Minds" and new courtroom drama "The Defenders." "The Defenders," which stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as a pair of unorthodox Las Vegas attorneys, scored a 2.1/6, down 16 percent from last week.
— ABC came in third with a 2.5/7 average. "Modern Family" was the night's top show with a 4.5/12, down slightly from last week. The new sitcom "Better With You" scored a 2.3/7, up five percent from last week. ABC saw growth in the latter part of its lineup. "Cougar Town" posted a 3.1/8 from 9:30-10 p.m., up 11 percent from last week. "The Whole Truth" grew its audience by 17 percent, but it was still at a meager 1.4/4 and looks ripe for cancellation.
— NBC was in last place with "Undercovers," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & Order: LA" combining for an average of 2.1/6. After a strong premiere, "Law & Order: LA" was down 25 percent at 2.4/7. "Undercovers" dropped six percent from last week to 1.5/4, it may not last much longer if its unable to post better numbers soon.