TV Ratings Report: Strong Starts for Modern Family, Criminal Minds

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America embraced laughter and mystery last night, as two popular returning shows got off to fast starts...

8 p.m.
Survivor: Nicaragua: 12.5 million viewers
Undercovers: 8.6 million
The Middle: 8.8 million/Better With You: 8 million
Hell's Kitchen: 5.95 million
America's Next Top Model: 2.8 million

9 p.m.
Criminal Minds: 14.1 million
Modern Family: 12.6 million/Cougar Town: 8.35 million
Law & Order: SVU: 9.7 million
Hell's Kitchen: 7.2 million
Hellcats: 2.3 million

10 p.m.
The Defenders: 12.1 million
Law & Order: SVU: 10.4 million
The Whole Truth: 4.9 million

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