Primetime Ratings: CBS' 'Minds' Leads Wednesday Ratings

Numbers climb for NBC's 'Mercy,' 'SVU'

CBS drama Criminal Minds stood out from the crowd on Wednesday, ruling as the night's top show and helping the Eye earn a share of the demo lead with Fox. Also of note on a night when most shows dipped a bit were increases for NBC dramas Mercy and Law & Order: SVU.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, Fox led the night's opening hour in demos with So You Think You Can Dance (2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), which dipped slightly week to week but still won out over CBS comedies The New Adventures of Old Christine (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) and Gary Unmarried (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), which were in line with last week, and NBC's Mercy (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), which edged up a tick for the second straight week. ABC ran fourth for the hour as its comedies Hank (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) and The Middle (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) were down a smidge.