Ratings: Modern Family Returns Strong, Live To Dance Stumbles Hard

Nielsen families so warmly welcomed Modern Family back from the holiday break that the ABC comedy topped the night in both total viewers (11.76 million) and the demos (scoring a 4.8, the series’ third-best rating ever).

Meanwhile, Paula Abdul’s CBS Live To Dance show suffered a major misstep in its second night, plunging 25 percent in both viewers (to 7.6 mil) and the demos.

Tuesday’s Ratings: Did Paula’s Dance Show Step Lively?

Elsewhere on Wednesday night:

• Like Modern Family — and despite facing the well-promoted Live To Dance — both ABC’s The Middle (9.3 million total viewers) and Better With You (7.43 mil) gained audience and in the demos versus their previous outings. Cougar Town also enjoyed bumps in viewers (6.75 mil) and the demos (up 15 percent).

• Fox’s one-two punch of Human Target was up 6 percent in total viewers (with 6.3 million) and 14 percent in the demos.

• CBS’s coverage of The People’s Choice Awards (see my recaplet here) averaged 9.4 million viewers and a 2.6 demo across its two-hour run. In the 9 o’clock hour it was bested by Modern Family and the first serving of SVU; come 10 pm, it trailed the second hour of SVU (which drew 10.9 million viewers).

What did you watch this Wednesday night? And if you said the awards show… my sympathies.

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  1. Rockin' Robin says:

    Perhaps others were like us and tuned in to see if Paula would be a train wreck and when she wasn’t…we were done watching.

  2. Sweet says:

    Last night I literally laughed out loud at Modern Family and Cougartown. What other show does that?

  3. Doug says:

    I watched all the ABC comedies last night…Modern Family was hysterical.

  4. Kristin says:

    Human Target! The second hour of it would have been better without that ridiculous PI storyline – what a waste of Tony Hale.

  5. ThatGirl says:

    I had a hard time getting through Paula’s show, as it seemed to be predicated on a redemption of HER image, and not a dance contest. I didn’t watch the second night as it simply didn’t matter who “won”. As for Wed. night, Modern Family is must see. When Claire realized who the driver was, her facial expression was priceless!And the guy living in Lily’s dollhouse and Cam’s look of panic — hysterical!!

  6. Sean says:

    MY DVR stopped recording Modern Family halfway through! ARGHHH! Was that Jami Gertz?

    James Marsden can squat at my place anytime!

  7. Sweet says:

    Yes it was Jami Gertz. Luke’s “Teacher of the Year” is still cracking me up..

  8. MDEP says:

    Regarding Live to Dance, compared to all of the other dance shows (particularly SYTYCD & ABCD) I was not too impressed with the dancing. But, I will keep DVR’ing it for a week or so to see if it gets better since I am a sucker for a dance show. (Modern Family & Cougar Town were my other shows to watch.)

  9. iva says:

    Saw cougar town and friday night lights! browsed through modern family

  10. Go Human Target! Hey, we can all hope now, can’t we……