‘Modern Family’ is the hot winner for Wednesday ABC


ABC’s 8-9pm Repeat Comedies Build Adult 18-49 Audience Against “Idol,” As a Repeat “The Middle” Beats NBC’s Original “Mercy” at 8:30pm by 21%

“Modern Family” Matches a Best-Since-Debut Adult 18-49 Number And Achieves Series Highs with Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34

Posting its Highest Young Adult Numbers in 4 Months, “Cougar Town” Beats Fox’s “Idol”-Fueled Wednesday Premiere of “Human Target” by 17%
At 10 pm, ABC’s “Ugly Betty” Grows is Overall Audience Week to Week 

ABC Repeat Comedies (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
Opposite “American Idol” from 8:00-9:00 p.m., repeats of “Modern Family” and “The Middle” gained Adult 18-49 audience (+6%) for ABC in the hour.  In fact ABC was the only broadcaster to grow in the time period.

At 8:30 p.m., a replay ABC’s “The Middle” defeated NBC’s original Mercy by 21% in Adults 18-49 (1.7/4 vs. 1.4/4).  Despite facing “Idol,”  “The Middle” posted its second-highest repeat number to date.

“Modern Family” (9:00-9:30 p.m.)
Shooting up from its lead-in by an astounding +141% in Adults 18-49, ABC’s “Modern Family” (4.1/11) finished in a near-tie for first place in its slot with CBS veteran Criminal Minds (4.2/11), beating the first half of Fox’s “Idol”-fueled Wednesday premiere of “Human Target” by 8% (3.8/10).  “Modern Family” won its half-hour among Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and key Men (M18-34/M18-49), standing as Wednesday’s No. 1 scripted TV show on all 4 Nielsen measures.

“Modern Family” matched a best-since-debut Adult 18-49 number – best since 9/23/09.  The comedy achieved series-high numbers among Adults 18-34 (3.7/11) and Women 18-34 (4.3/12).

“Cougar Town” (9:30-10:00 p.m.)
Growing 10% week to week in Adults 18-49, ABC freshman “Cougar Town” took second place at 9:30 p.m., beating out the second half-hour of Fox’s freshman Wednesday debut of “Human Target” by 17% (3.4/9 vs. 2.9/8).  “Cougar Town” finished as No. 2 scripted TV show of the night with Adults 18-34 (3.1/9), Men 18-34 (2.2/7-tie) and Women 18-34 (4.0/11), behind only Modern Family.

“Cougar Town” marked the series’ highest young Adult and Women numbers (AD18-34/AD18-49/W18-34/W18-49) since September – since 9/30/09.

“Ugly Betty” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Opposite CBS’ veteran “CSI: NY” in the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Ugly Betty” defeated NBC’s “Jay Leno” by a best-ever 33% among Adults 18-49 (1.6/4 vs. 1.2/4).

“Betty” increased its overall audience week to week (4.6 million vs. 4.4 million).

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 34% currently, from 29% 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: Nielsen Media Research (Fast Affiliate, Live + Same Day Ratings), 1/20/10.  
(source: data and information provided by ABC)