Ratings: Happy Endings' First Bit of Sad News

ABC’s comedy cavalcade delivered an impressive .800 batting average this Wednesday, as four of the network’s five laffers enjoyed week-to-week increases.

The Middle (7.14 million viewers/2.0) and bubble comedy Better With You (5.5 mil/1.6) started the night right, registering demo gains of 11 and 7 percent, respectively, while drawing more total viewers as well. The 9 o’clock hour then saw (a terrific episode of) Modern Family (9.64 mil/3.8) and Cougar Town (5.6 mil/2.2) inch up in the demos.

Alas, come 10 pm, Happy Endings suffered the first major stumble of its freshman run, plunging some 20 percent in the demo and even more in total viewership.

Elsewhere on Wednesday:

8/7c | American Idol led the night with 20.6 million viewers and a 6.4 demo rating, dipping ever so slightly week-to-week by up a hair from a year ago. Survivor held steady with 10.7 mil/a 3.0 rating.

9/8c | Criminal Minds was the night’s most-watched scripted program with 12.8 million viewers, but was down 9 percent in the demo (with a 3.2). Fox’s Breaking In (7.25 mil/2.5) slipped a bit.

10/9c | Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (8.75 mil/2.1) claimed a slim win win in total viewers, while SVU (8.3 mil/2.5) topped the demos, gaining 4 percent from its last fresh outing.

What’d you watch Wednesday?