James Hibberd
September 15, 2011 AT 03:27 PM EDT

Why, good morning! NBC’s new comedy Up All Night delivered a surprisingly strong premiere/preview rating Wednesday night.

The new comedy starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett was given a big lead-in by the two-hour finale of America’s Got Talent (14 million viewers, 3.5 adults 18-49 rating). While Up All Night (10.9 million, 3.7) at 10 p.m. dipped slightly from the final half hour of Got Talent, it still ranked as the night’s highest-rated show overall with an enviable number. Not as many viewers stuck around, however, for NBC’s second new comedy, Hank Azaria’s Free Agents (6.3 million, 2.1).

Meanwhile over on CBS…

The 23rd edition of Survivor (10.6 million, 3.4) continued the show’s downward trend; the 90-minute premiere dipped 15 percent compared to last year’s opener and marks its lowest-rated fall debut yet. Still, the reality hit ranked a strong third for the night and was up from last spring’s premiere. The finale of Big Brother (7.7 million, 2.9) was steady with last year’s closer.

On The CW, the network’s new reality effort H8R (1.3 million, 0.6) didn’t bring much Jersey Shore magic to the table despite having Snooki as its celebrity guest. The show got less than half the rating of America’s Next Top Model in the slot last year. Meanwhile, the 17th edition of America’s Next Top Model (1.9 million, 0.9), now at 9 p.m., shook things up with an all-star cast, yet still fell 18 percent from last fall.

Read more:

‘Big Brother’ season finale recap: The Juggernaut, Bitch.

‘Survivor’ season premiere recap: Making a Name For Himself

‘Up All Night’ premiere review: Applegate, Arnett, and Rudolph, three funny people and a baby

‘America’s Next Top Mode: All-Stars’ premiere: André Leon Talley’s new hat and Nigel’s new hair are my favorite contestants

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