ABC 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.