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'Modern Family' Beats 'The X Factor' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:20PM
Modern Family Beats The X Factor in Ratings'The X Factor' is Fox's biggest fall series debut in five years, but it wasn't exactly a ratings hit.

The network says the reality singing competition premiered to 12.5 million viewers, 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Comparatively, January's 'American Idol' Season 10 premiere -- the first without Simon Cowell -- was watched by 26.2 million viewers and had a 9.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the 9PM hour, 'The X Factor' was bested by ABC's one-hour Season 3 premiere of 'Modern Family,' which had a 6 rating in the 18-49 demo and a total of 14.3 million viewers. Helped by the buzz after multiple Emmy wins, the series even outperformed CBS's stalwart 'Criminal Minds.'

'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan took to Twitter to share his joy about the ratings news.

"It's extremely gratifying that a scripted comedy finally beat an overhyped karaoke contest," he said. "Thank you, #ModernFamily fans!"

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, 'The Middle' was watched by a total of 9 million viewers (3 rating 18-49), and the very publicized debut of 'Revenge' pulled in 10.2 million total viewers (3.4 rating 18-49).

Meanwhile on NBC, 'Up All Night' in its timeslot debut had a solid 6 million viewers and 2.3 rating. 'Free Agents' at 8:30PM fell to a 1.3 in 18-49 and 3.9 million total. 'Harry's Law' premiered to a dismal 1.2 rating ages 18-49, 7.2 million total and 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 13 was watched by 7.6 million total viewers (2.3 18-49).

The Ted Danson-fronted 'CSI' premiere got a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and a total of 12.59 million viewers. 'Criminal Minds' Season 7 premiere attracted 14 million total viewers and a 4.1 18-49 rating.

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