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Fall 2010 ratings: 'Law & Order: LA' has strong debut

law-and-order-la-ulrichImage Credit: Dean Hendler/NBCThe latest installment from the Law & Order franchise brought some much-needed good news to the Peacock network on Wednesday. Law & Order: Los Angeles won its 10 p.m. timeslot among adults 18-49 (3.1 rating/9 share) and in viewers (10.5 million) and boosted NBC’s performance in the timeslot by 63% versus last year. L&O: LA is now the second most successful new show among adults 18-49 this season, behind CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. Each 18-49 rating point represents 1.31 million viewers.

CBS still won the night in viewers (12.3 million) and adults 18-49 (3.2/9), thanks to another strong performance by Survivor (12.1 million). It will be interesting to see if the show maintains such a healthy audience after the older tribe made the (bad) decision to oust ex-NFL coach Jimmy Johnson. At 9 p.m, Criminal Minds dominated in viewers with (14.3 million) but the new drama The Defenders had to settle for second place in eyeballs (10.3 million) and adults 18-49 because of L&O: LA.

Fox, which aired a two-hour installment of Hell’s Kitchen, came in second for the night among adults 18-49 and fourth in viewers (6.3 million). NBC came in third in the demo and second in viewers (8.9 million) while ABC finished fourth among adults 18-49 and third in viewers (7.28 million). Modern Family had another great night and won its timeslot in just about every demographic but it dipped 12% versus last year among adults. Meanwhile, ABC’s new drama The Whole Truth continues to struggle at 10: It was down 13% versus last week’s premiere among 18-49 and only averaged 4.71 million.