Modern Family Opens as the #1 TV Show, as ABC's Wednesday Comedy Block Wins from 8-10pm

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ABC’s Wednesday Comedy Block Wins Season Premiere Wednesday from 8-10pm


Surging Over its Season Finale, “The Middle” Opens

With its Top Results Since January


ABC’s “Modern Family” Premieres its 4th Season as Wednesday’s Definitive

No. 1 TV Show, Drawing its 2nd-Biggest Audience Ever for a Regular Telecast


“Modern Family” Scores TV’s Highest Rated Comedy Telecast in Over 7 Months


Gaining Strong Sampling in its Debut, “The Neighbors” is Premiere Week’s No. 1

New Comedy and Draws ABC’s Biggest Comedy Audience in the Slot in 1 Year



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

With season openers of “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and the debut of “The Neighbors,” ABC ranked No. 1 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. in Adults 18-49, beating out runner-up Fox’s primetime lineup (2-hour “The X Factor”) by 9% (3.6/10 vs. 3.3/9). 


Please Note:  From 10:00-11:00 p.m., ABC aired a re-cap clip-show for “Revenge,” ahead of its sophomore season premiere this coming Sunday at 9:00 p.m., on its new night and time.  In addition, “The Neighbors” will move into its regular Wednesday 8:30 p.m. time period next week.


“The Middle” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Opposite the opening hour of “The X Factor” and CBS’ “Survivor: Philippines” from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ABC’s 4th season 1-hour premiere of “The Middle” (9.0 million and 2.8/9) dominated its NBC comedy competition, beating time-period comedy premieres (“Animal Practice”/”Guys with Kids” = 5.0 million and 1.5/5) by 80% in Total Viewers and by 87% in Adults 18-49.  In fact, “The Middle” drew a bigger overall audience than the first hour of “The X Factor” (8.8 million).


  • Surging over its season finale in May (5/23/12) with viewers (+38%) and young adults (+40%), “The Middle” scored its best numbers since January – since 1/11/12.


“Modern Family” (9:00-9:30 p.m.)

Shooting to the top of its 9:00 p.m. slot to dominate the third half-hour of Fox’s “The X Factor” and the season opener of CBS’ “Criminal Minds”, ABC’s Emmy-Award winning “Modern Family” opened its 4th season as Wednesday’s definitive No. 1 TV show in viewers (14.2 million) and young adults (5.5/15).


  • Up sharply from its season closer with viewers (+41%) and young adults (+34%), “Modern Family” marked the series’ 2nd-biggest audience ever for a regular telecast and its top young adult rating since the beginning of 2012 – since 1/4/12.  In addition, the ABC family comedy equaled its best-ever number with Kids 2-11.


  • The new season’s No. 1 series in Adults 18-49, ABC’s “Modern Family” delivered TV’s highest-rated comedy telecast in more than 7 months – since 2/9/12.


“The Neighbors” (9:30-10:00 p.m.)

Against the final half-hour of “The X Factor” in the 9:30 p.m. slot, ABC’s series debut of “The Neighbors” finished a strong second in its slot among Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), tying the Fox show in audience share (3.6/9) and beating the second half-hour of “Criminal Minds” by 10% (3.0/8)


  • ABC’s “The Neighbors” stands as premiere week’s No. 1 new comedy in Total Viewers (9.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), pacing well ahead of CBS’ Monday debut of “Partners” and Fox’s Tuesday debuts of “Ben and Kate” and “Mindy Project.”  In fact, it’s the 2nd-highest new comedy debut this fall with young adults, just 1-tenth shy of NBC’s “Go On,” which had the advantage of opening against much weaker competition prior to premiere week.


  • “The Neighbors” was up from the year-ago season opener of “Happy Endings” (9/28/11) in the slot by 2.0 million viewers and by 6% in Adults 18-49. In addition, “The Neighbors” produced ABC’s biggest audience in the time slot with comedy programming in 1 year – since the year-ago opener of “Modern Family” on 9/21/11.


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 45% currently, from 42% at the same point in 2011. 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.


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