Ratings report: 'Glee' starting to really sing for Fox
Fox's quirky "Glee" hit a record high in viewers this season on Wednesday and powered the network to a strong night. The comedy/drama/musical (I'm waiting for someone to invent one word that fits) drew 7.32 million viewers and won the 9-10 p.m. hour in adults 18-34. Fox tied for first on the night with CBS in adults 18-49.
ABC launched the first hour of its Wednesday comedy block last night. "Hank," which stars Kelsey Grammer, attracted about 8.5 million viewers, which was good enough for first place, while "The Middle," starring Patricia Heaton, landed 8.6 million viewers and was also on top. Both shows were second in adults 18-49, however. In the 9-10 p.m. hour, "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" were off from their premiere numbers of a week ago. "Modern Family" fell 22% to 9.9 million viewers from 12.7 million a week ago. "Cougar Town" was off 21.5% to 9.1 million from 11.6 million. Such a dip was to be expected since last week it had "Dancing with the Stars" as a lead-in. But "Modern Family" finished first in 18-49 with a 3.6 rating, while "Cougar Town" was second with a 3.6 rating.
CBS' "Criminal Minds" continues to deliver, bringing in 13.6 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 category.
-- Joe Flint
Photo: "Glee's" Lea Michele. Credit: Carin Baer / Fox.