via press notes:
ABC earned second place to Fox with a 2-hour Idol on Wednesday night among Adults 18-34. ABC grew its overall audience from the same night last year by 5%, building year to year for the 2nd week in a row.
From 8-9pm, against the first hour of Fox’s American Idol and CBS’ Survivor: Redemption Island, ABC’s back-to-back original and repeat airings of The Middle dominated NBC’s original Minute To Win It, topping NBC gamer by 55% in Total Viewers and by 58% in Adults 18-49.
Building on its lead-in at 9pm against the third half-hour of Idol, ABC’s Modern Family ran a strong #2 in its half-hour with viewers and young adults to finish as Wednesday’s #1 scripted TV show in Adults 18-49 for its 18th straight first-run telecast this season. Up over its most-recent original telecast 3 weeks ago in viewers (+7%) and young adults (+5%), Modern Family turned in its strongest results in 6 weeks – since 2/9/11. Surging year to year, Modern Family topped its year-ago performance by 1.6 million viewers and by 16% in Adults 18-49.
Airing against the final segment of Idol in the 9:30pm half-hour, ABC’s Mr. Sunshine delivered the #2 position in Adults 18-49. Jumping week to week by 1.4 million viewers and by 22% in Adults 18-49, Mr. Sunshine posted its best numbers in 3 weeks – since 3/2/11
During the 10 o’clock hour against original dramas on CBS (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) and NBC (Law & Order: SVU), ABC’s Off the Map turned in its strongest results in 3 weeks, growing over the prior week by 7% in Total Viewers and by 15% in Adults 18-49. In addition, the ABC freshman drama equaled its highest Adult 18-34 number in 6 weeks – since 2/9/11.