NBC's latest entry in the Law & Order franchise premiered to solid numbers, while several freshman shows substantially slipped, according to overnight Nielsen estimates.
Law & Order: Los Angeles drew 10.5 million viewers and easily won the 10/9c time slot among the 18-to-49 demographic. The show even built on its Law & Order: SVU lead-in of 9.9 million viewers. However, NBC's Undercovers (8.2 million viewers) was down 24 percent from its premiÃ¨re in the demo, placing fourth in its timeslot.
Also falling hard Wednesday was ABC's The Whole Truth (8.6 million viewers), which fell 20 percent from its soft premiere-week demo rating. ABC placed fourth overall, as all of its comedies had double-digit drop-offs, including Modern Family (11.9 million), which despite its fall was the night's highest-rated show in the demo. The Middle drew 8.3 million viewers while Better with You and Cougar Town each drew 7.1 million viewers.
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