Wednesday Ratings: 'The Defenders,' 'Modern Family' Get Big Numbers
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
If there's a pattern so far this week in the ratings, it's that CBS is still the top dog. On Wednesday night the network had the highest-rated shows in all three hours of prime time and The Defenders became the season's third highest-rated new show of the season (behind Hawaii Five-0 and Mike and Molly, both also on CBS).

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However, that's not to say other networks don't have something to be happy about. Modern Family's season 2 premiere tied its best ratings ever while NBC's new Undercovers was perfectly acceptable.

Here's a quick breakdown of the ratings.

The Middle (8pm): 8.8 million
Better with You (8:30pm): 8 million
Modern Family (9pm): 12.6 million
Cougar Town (9:30pm): 8.35 million
The Whole Truth (10pm): 4.9 million

Survivor (8pm): 12.5 million
Criminal Minds (9pm): 14.1 million
The Defenders (10pm): 12.1 million

Undercovers (8pm): 8.6 million
Law and Order: SVU (9pm): 9.7 million
Law and Order: SVU (10pm): 10.4 million

Hell's Kitchen (8pm): 6.5 million

America's Next Top Model (8pm): 2.8 million
Hellcats (9pm): 2.3 million

ABC's new comedy Better with You was perfectly fine, but nothing to get excited about. Modern Family, coming off a big win at the Emmys as the best comedy on TV, tied its series premiere, which was the highest-rated episode from season 1.

The bad news, however, comes for The Whole Truth. I didn't think a serious legal drama was the best show to pair with a night of comedies. ABC clearly has no idea what to do with that time slot, just ask Eastwick, Ugly Betty or Happy Town, all of which aired Wednesdays at 10pm last season. The Whole Truth seems destined for the same fate.

CBS continues to dominate by winning every hour, and with the night's top show as a lead-in, The Defenders was destined for success. Never underestimate Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell.

NBC can't be too disappointed with Undercovers. The spy drama helped the network finish in second place and slightly improved on the show in this time slot last season (Mercy). Law and Order: SVU did well, and the fact that it increased from 9pm to 10pm could bode well for next week when Law and Order: Los Angeles takes over at 10pm.

(Image courtesy of ABC)