ABC's 'Suburgatory' Earns Biggest Audience in 1 Year, 'Modern Family' Gains Viewers & Young Adults

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February 6th, 2014

Suburgatory February 5 2014

via press note:

The Middle (8-8:30pm – 8.7 million and 2.2/6 in AD18-49):

At 8pm, ABC’s The Middle was up 8% in Total Viewers from its last original two weeks ago and held even with its preliminary Fast Affiliate Adult 18-49 rating, drawing the series’ 2nd-biggest-ever audience against an American Idol telecastThe Middle stood as the #3 scripted show of the night in Adults 18-49, behind only Modern Family and Criminal Minds.  The ABC comedy grew its overall audience from the same night last year by 6% (8.2 million on 2/6/13).


Suburgatory (8:30-9pm – 6.2 million and 1.7/5 in AD18-49):

At 8:30pm, Suburgatory was up by double digits week to week in Total Viewers (+22% - season-high) and Adults 18-49 (+13% - 2nd-highest number this season), posting its most-watched telecast in more than 1 year – since 1/9/13.  In addition, Suburgatory improved over its year-ago telecast coming out of Modern Family by 9% in Total Viewers (5.7 million on 2/6/13).


Modern Family (9-9:30pm – 10.0 million and 3.5/9 in AD18-49):

Wednesday’s dominant #1 scripted TV show with young adults, ABC’s Modern Family was up from its last original two weeks ago in Total Viewers (+4%) and Adults 18-49 (+3%) to deliver its best numbers this season against American Idol.  The ABC comedy was up over its year-ago telecast in Total Viewers (+2% - 9.8 million on 2/6/13).


Super Fun Night (9:30-10pm – 5.0 million and 1.6/4 in AD18-49):

In the 9:30pm half-hour, Super Fun Night shot up week to week by 32% in Total Viewers and by 23% in Adults 18-49, earning its most-watched telecast since early December – since 12/11/13.

Nashville (10-11pm – 5.1 million and 1.3/4 in AD18-49):

On average, Nashville is ABC’s biggest percentage gainer in TV playback this season, shooting up 75% in Adults 18-49 (+1.2 rating points) from L+SD to L+7.


  • Douglas from Brazil

    Suburgatory renewed for sure pairing with The Middle next season.

  • It depends on what fails

    I don’t know, ABC screwed their Wednesday lineup so bad that I would rather see The Goldbergs being there next season than Suburgatory, especially because this one will reach syndication if it is renwed for a fourth season, while TG would be a second year show.

  • timsdale4ever

    I can’t imagine better ratings as SUBURGATORY’s writing this season is awful. There just isn’t enough story going on in the episodes so far.

  • yragcom1

    Nah, the writing’s fine. I like the tension this season between everyone. A lot of soul searching going on between all the major players. Even Dalia is showing some emotion.

    The only problem I have is that horrific new hand drawn opening sequence with the puppets. Yuck.

  • Hubert R.

    but Suburgatory is still 2 seasons away from syndication as its current series is only 13 episodes long… right?

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