'Modern Family' is First-Ever Show to Top 'Idol' Wednesday Finale

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May 16th, 2013

Modern Family

via press release:

Wednesday’s #1 TV Show, ABC’s Modern Family became the first ever show to outdeliver a Wednesday finale of American Idol on the night in Adults 18-49, leading by a definitive 21%.  In fact, Modern beat or tied Idol-Wed in each of its last 7 first-run airings. The Net took second place on the night in Adults 18-49, topping CBS by 5% and NBC by 25%. Each of ABC’s Wednesday returning series were up on the night in Adults 18-49.


Taking second to the Idol finale at 8pm, ABC’s The Middle was up 6% over the prior week in Adults 18-49.  For the 2nd week in a row, the ABC family comedy held the #1 position in the half-hour in Teens 12-17, tying the Idol finale.


Almost tripling its Adult 18-49 lead-in at 9pm (+192%), ABC’s Modern Family dominated its half-hour, beating runner-up Criminal Minds by 40%, Fox’s Idol-led So You Think You Can Dance by 52% and NBC’s L&O: SVU by 150%.  Modern Family was up week to week in viewers (+8%) and young adults (+6%).


The biggest week-to-week gainer in the 10 o’clock hour week to week, ABC’s Nashville grew 13% in Adults 18-49 to equal its highest rating in nearly 4 months – since 1/23/13.  In addition, the ABC freshman increased its overall audience for the 2nd week running (+4%) to deliver its most-watched telecast in 5 weeks – since 4/10/13.

  • NBC Fan

    Modern Family should’t have to grow from it’s lead-in by 192%

  • Fabio

    they sing victory on FOX’s dips of Idol

  • Michael

    I bet ABC couldn’t wait to make this press release, lol.

  • harry

    that crap network called ABC , that always spins the ratings results , dont even mention How to live with your parents that averages 2.2 and they cancelled it without reason… go to hell ABC both u and ur press releases.

  • Mark

    Idol & Modern Family didn’t even air in the same timeslot. What a pointless comparison.

  • zerg


    Uh? 8-10 pm

  • BigBrotherFan

    I love ABC press releases

    best network!

  • Sal

    Yay for Nashville! Hope the series will continue to increase their #s.

  • Mark


    Idol was only on from 8-9 pm last night. So You Think You Can Dance aired opposite Modern Family.

  • harry

    noone watch anyhing on abc on the post modern family spot . it will get canceled. and i hope next year due to all the cancellations and mistreats done to cougar town happy endings and how to live , i really wish abc FUNNY NIGHT new comedy to debut on 1.0 . i really wish to that crappy network that post modern family shot to become their death slot and noone to watch anything they put there.

  • Nick

    Are they serious with this press release? Idol aired 8-9pm last night, and this is the first year that the Wednesday Idol finale show was not the actual finale, but the performance finale. Normally, the performance show airs on Tuesday and the actual finale airs on a Wednesday, but FOX stuck to the normal Wednesday/Thursday schedule this year.

    Still, ABC press releases are by far the most creative and entertaining to read.

  • Randy

    Harry sounds upset. It’s funny.

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