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[09/23/10 - 08:47 AM]
TV's #1 Comedy, Modern Family Opens with Series Highs
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, September 22.

[via press release from ABC]

TV's #1 Comedy, Modern Family Opens with Series Highs

Some early highlights on ABC's Wednesday, ahead of the regular press release.

Shifting into the lead-off position for ABC's Wednesday night comedy block, the sophomore season premiere of The Middle greatly improved the 8pm half hour year to year among Adults 18-49 (+24% - 2.6/8 vs. 2.1/7), over the Net's comedy premiere in the time period last year with Hank. Despite its earlier time period, The Middle grew its overall audience its year-ago series debut The Middle finished a solid #2 in the slot to CBS' Survivor: Nicaragua, beating Fox's Hell's Kitchen premiere by 8% and NBC's Undercovers debut by 30%.

· The Middle marked a series high with Total Viewers (8.8 million) and posted its top Adult 18-49 number since February - since 2/10/10.

Exhibiting impressive 96% lead-in retention at 8:30pm, the series debut of Better with You beat its freshman competition in the half-hour by 19% in Adults 18-49 (2.5/7 vs. 2.1/6), leading the second half of NBC's Undercovers debut.

· Better with You equaled ABC's highest Adult 18-49 rating in the half-hour since February - since 2/10/10.

Wednesday's definitive #1 TV show and the highest-rated comedy of the new season, ABC's Modern Family opened its sophomore season by doubling its lead-in and posting a dominant victory at 9pm, beating its nearest competition (CBS' Criminal Minds) by 28% in Adults 18-49 (5.0/14 vs. 3.9/10).

· Modern Family was up from its year-ago series debut by 19% with young adults, which had the advantage of airing directly out of Dancing with the Stars. In fact Modern Family achieved series highs across the board - Total Viewers and all key Adult demos. In addition, the comedy delivered the Net's top Adult 18-49 rating in the slot with regular programming in over 1-1/2 years - since 2/18/09 with an episode of Lost.

At 9:30pm, the 2nd season opener of Cougar Town finished second in its time period among Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), beating the NBC's Law & Order: SVU premiere and the final half hour of Fox's 2-hour Hell's Kitchen premiere. The ABC comedy finished #1 in its time slot in Adults 18-34.

· Cougar Town drew the series' third-largest-audience-ever and scored its highest Adult 18-49 rating since January - since 1/20/10.

Up against stiff competition from the final hour of NBC's 2-hour L&O: SVU premiere and CBS' highly-promoted debut of The Defenders, ABC's debut of The Whole Truth delivered ABC's highest Adult 18-49 rating (1.5/4) in the hour with regular scripted programming since April - since 4/28/10.

Quick Take for Wednesday, September 22, 2010 (Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC Turns in its Strongest Wednesday in Nearly 10 Months

"Modern Family" Opens as Wednesday's No. 1 TV Show and The Top-Rated Comedy of the New Season in Adults 18-49

Shifting Back to 8pm to Lead off ABC's Night, "The Middle" Hits a Series High In Viewers, Drawing ABC's Biggest Audience in the Half-Hour in Nearly 3 Years

Exhibiting Impressive Retention at 8:30pm, "Better with You" Debuts with the Net's Largest Audience in the Slot Since January

"Modern Family" Opens with Series Highs Across the Board and Delivers ABC's Best Adult 18-49 Number in the Slot with a Series in Nearly 1-1/2 Years

ABC's "Cougar Town" Marks its Most-Watched Telecast Since Last September, The Series' 3rd-Largest-Ever, and its Highest Young Adult Number Since January

Up Against Stiff Competition in the 10pm Hour, ABC's "The Whole Truth" Pulls The Net's Strongest Performance in the Slot with a Scripted Series Since April

Wednesday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

With its season premiere Wednesday line-up, ABC turned in its strongest performance on the evening in nearly 10 months among Total Viewers (7.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.8/8) - since 12/9/09.

"The Middle" (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

Shifting into the lead-off position for ABC's Wednesday night comedy block, the sophomore season premiere of "The Middle" greatly improved the 8:00 p.m. half hour year to year among Adults 18-49 (+24% - 2.6/8 vs. 2.1/7 - "Hank") and finished a solid No. 2 in the slot to CBS' "Survivor: Nicaragua," beating Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" premiere by 8% (2.4/8) and NBC's "Undercovers" debut by 30% (2.0/6).

· "The Middle" marked a series high with Total Viewers (8.8 million) and posted its top Adult 18-49 number since February - since 2/10/10.

· The sophomore comedy generated ABC's largest audience in the time period in nearly 3 years and marked its top Adult 18-49 number in the slot with regular programming since Fall 2007 - since 10/24/07 and 11/14/07, respectively.

"Better with You" (8:30-9:30 p.m.)

Exhibiting impressive 96% lead-in retention at 8:30 p.m., the series debut of "Better with You" beat its freshman competition in the half-hour by 19% in Adults 18-49 (2.5/7 vs. 2.1/6), leading the second half of NBC's "Undercovers" debut.

· "Better with You" attracted ABC's biggest audience (8.0 million) in the time period since the beginning of January and equaled its highest Adult 18-49 rating since February - since 1/6/10 and 2/10/10, respectively.

"Modern Family" (9:00-9:30 p.m.)

Wednesday's definitive No. 1 TV show and the top-rated comedy of the new season, ABC's Emmy Award-winning "Modern Family" opened its sophomore season by doubling its lead-in and posting a dominant victory at 9:00 p.m., beating its nearest competition (CBS' "Criminal Minds") by 28% in Adults 18-49 (5.0/14 vs. 3.9/10).

· "Modern Family" achieved series highs across the board (Total Viewers and all key Adults), surging from its year-ago series debut by 19% with Adults 18-49 (5.0/14 vs. 4.2/11), which had the advantage of airing directly out of big "DWTS: The Results" lead-in.

· The hit ABC comedy delivered the Net's top Adult 18-49 rating in the slot with regular programming in over 1-1/2 years - since 2/18/09, with an episode of "Lost."

"Cougar Town" (9:30-10:00 p.m.)

At 9:30 p.m., the season opener of "Cougar Town" earned the No. 2 position in its time period among Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), beating the NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" premiere and the final half hour of Fox's 2-hour "Hell's Kitchen" premiere. The ABC comedy finished No. 1 in its time slot in Adults 18-34 (3.0/9-tie).

· "Cougar Town" opened its sophomore season with series' biggest audience since last September (3rd-largest-ever) and highest Adult 18-49 rating since January - since 9/30/09 and 1/20/10, respectively.

"The Whole Truth" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Up against stiff competition from the final hour of NBC's 2-hour "L&O: SVU" opener and CBS' highly-promoted debut of "The Defenders," the debut of "The Whole Truth" produced ABC's best results in the hour with regular scripted programming since April among Total Viewers (4.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.5/4) - since 4/28/10.

A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating comparisons based on the Live + Same Day data stream are distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has jumped up to 38% currently, from 32% at the same point in 2009. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next day numbers. The only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.

Source: The Nielsen Company (Fast Affiliate, Live + Same Program Ratings), 9/22/10.

Quick Take for Wednesday, September 22, 2010 (National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Turns in its Strongest Wednesday in Nearly 10 Months

"Modern Family" Opens as Wednesday's No. 1 TV Show and The Top-Rated Comedy of the New TV Season in Adults 18-49

Shifting Back to 8pm to Lead off ABC's Night, "The Middle" Hits a Series High In Viewers, Drawing ABC's Biggest Audience in the Half-Hour in Nearly 3 Years

Exhibiting Impressive Retention at 8:30pm, "Better with You" Debuts with the Net's Largest Audience in the Slot Since January

"Modern Family" Opens with Series Highs Across the Board and Delivers ABC's Best Adult 18-49 Number in the Slot with a Series in Nearly 1-1/2 Years

ABC's "Cougar Town" Marks its Most-Watched Telecast Since Last September, Marking the Series' 3rd-Highest-Ever Numbers in Viewers and Young Adults

Up Against Stiff Competition in the 10pm Hour, ABC's "The Whole Truth" Pulls The Net's Strongest Performance in the Slot with a Scripted Series Since April

Wednesday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

With its season premiere Wednesday line-up, ABC turned in its strongest performance on the evening in nearly 10 months among Total Viewers (7.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.8/8) - since 12/9/09.

"The Middle" (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

Shifting into the lead-off position for ABC's Wednesday night comedy block, the sophomore season premiere of "The Middle" greatly improved the 8:00 p.m. half hour year to year among Adults 18-49 (+29% - 2.7/8 vs. 2.1/7 - "Hank") and finished a solid No. 2 in the slot to CBS' "Survivor: Nicaragua," beating Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" premiere by 8% (2.5/8) and NBC's "Undercovers" debut by 35% (2.0/6).

· "The Middle" marked a series high with Total Viewers (8.8 million) and the series' 2nd highest-ever Adult 18-49 number.

· The sophomore comedy generated ABC's largest audience with series programming in the time period in nearly 3 years and marked its top Adult 18-49 number in the slot with a regular scripted show since Fall 2007 - since 10/24/07 and 11/14/07, respectively.

"Better with You" (8:30-9:30 p.m.)

Exhibiting in impressive 93% lead-in retention at 8:30 p.m., the series debut of "Better with You" beat its freshman debut competition in the half-hour by 19% in Adults 18-49 (2.5/7 vs. 2.1/6), leading the second half of NBC's "Undercovers" debut.

· "Better with You" attracted ABC's biggest audience (7.9 million) in the time period since the beginning of January and equaled its highest Adult 18-49 rating since February - since 1/6/10 and 2/10/10, respectively.

"Modern Family" (9:00-9:31 p.m.)

Wednesday's definitive No. 1 TV show and the top-rated comedy of the new season, ABC's Emmy Award-winning "Modern Family" opened its sophomore season more than doubling its lead-in and posting a dominant victory at 9:00 p.m., beating its nearest competition (CBS' "Criminal Minds") by 31% in Adults 18-49 (5.1/14 vs. 3.9/10).

· "Modern Family" achieved series highs across the board (Total Viewers and all key Adults), surging from its year-ago series debut by 21% with Adults 18-49 (5.1/14 vs. 4.2/11), which had the advantage of airing directly out of big "DWTS: The Results" lead-in.

· The hit ABC comedy delivered the Net's top Adult 18-49 rating in the slot with regular programming in over 1-1/2 years - since 2/18/09, with an episode of "Lost."

"Cougar Town" (9:31-10:00 p.m.)

At 9:30 p.m., the season opener of "Cougar Town" earned the No. 2 position in its time period among Adults 18-49 (3.4/9), beating the NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" premiere and the final half hour of Fox's 2-hour "Hell's Kitchen" premiere. The ABC comedy finished No. 1 in its time slot in Adults 18-34 (3.0/9-tie).

· "Cougar Town" opened its sophomore season with the series' biggest overall audience and tying its top Adult 18-49 number since last September, the show's 3rd-highest-ever numbers on both measures - since 9/30/09.

"The Whole Truth" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Up against stiff competition from the final hour of NBC's 2-hour "L&O: SVU" opener and CBS' highly-promoted debut of "The Defenders," the debut of "The Whole Truth" produced ABC's best results in the hour with regular scripted programming since April among Total Viewers (4.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.5/4) - since 4/28/10.

A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating comparisons based on the Live + Same Day data stream are distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has jumped up to 38% currently, from 32% at the same point in 2009. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next day numbers. The only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.

Source: The Nielsen Company (National, Live + Same Day Program Ratings), 9/22/10.





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· BETTER WITH YOU (ABC)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· DEFENDERS, THE (CBS)
· HELL'S KITCHEN (FOX)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· SURVIVOR (CBS)
· UNDERCOVERS (NBC)
· WHOLE TRUTH, THE (ABC)









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