ABC Gets Big Laughs WIth Comedies, 'Chelsea' Has OK Debut

Are-You-There-ChelseaABC showed off big ratings again for its comedies on Wednesday night -- with NBC gaining some visibility for a new comedy lineup.

ABC averaged a Nielsen preliminary 3.2 rating/8 share among 18-49 viewers, down a little bit from the week before. As usual, "Modern Family" anchored a strong core at 9 p.m. --  pulling a 5.1 rating/13 share, down 10% from a week ago.

The network's other comedies hovered around the sturdy 3.0 rating range among 18-49 viewers -- "The Middle" at 8 p.m. (a 3.0/6); "Suburgatory" at 8:30 p.m. (2.9/8); and "Happy Endings" at 9:30 p.m. (3.1/8).

At 10 p.m., ABC's rookie show "Revenge" continues to hold firm, winning this time period with 2.4/6 -- although it dipped a bit from last week.

NBC's new comedy lineup with "Whitney" at 8 p.m. and new show "Are You There, Chelsea" starting at 8:30 p.m. had an okay night -- considering the ratings mountain it needs to climb on the night.

"Whitney" was up some from its last original to a 2.1 rating/6 share, with "Chelsea" doing better in its debut with a 2.3 rating/6 share. NBC moved up a bit to average a 1.9 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 for the night -- this versus an all-rerun Wednesday night a week before with a 1.0/2.

CBS was in second place at 2.3/6, coming from a repeat of "Criminal Minds" at 8 p.m. and "The People's Choice Awards." The award show was down a bit from a year ago, now at a 2.5 rating/7 share.

Fox more or less sat out the session -- one repeat and one original of reality effort "Mobbed," which pulled in with a 1.1 rating/3 share. Next week on Wednesday, "American Idol" starts its 11th season.

The CW reached a 0.6 rating/2 share for 18-49 viewers (and a 0.8/2 among 18-3 viewers) helped by a strong showing for the debut of the final season of "One Tree Hill." The show earned its best numbers in the time period in nearly a year, with a solid 1.8 rating among women 18-34 viewers.



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