Ratings: Tree Hill Climbs, Harry's Law Hits High

The CW’s One Tree Hill launched its ninth and final season on Wednesday night to an audience of 1.75 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, up 18 and 29 percent from its May finale.

Of the evening’s other premieres, NBC’s relocated Whitney (6.06 mil/2.1) christened its new slot with an 11 percent demo increase, while lead-out Are You Funny There, Chelsea? (6.43 mil/2.3) built on those numbers.

One last headline: Harry’s Law worked “wonders” returning from its holiday break, drawing its second largest audience (8.65 mil) and best 18-to-49 demo rating of the season (1.4).

Other notes:

* ABC’s sitcombo of The Middle (9.6 mil/3.0) and Suburgatory (9 mil/2.9) led the 8 o’clock hour, with both shows flat versus their previous outings.

* Modern Family easily topped the night in both total viewers (12.33 mil) and in the demo (5.1), though dropped 11 percent in both measures. Lead-out Happy Endings (7.1 mil/3.1) only slipped a few percentage points.

* CBS’ presentation of The People’s Choice Awards averaged 8.88 mil and a 2.5, down 7 percent in the demo to hit an all-time low (excepting the SAG strike year).

* SVU (8.4 mil/2.0) led the 10 o’clock hour in total audience (with its second largest draw of the season), while Revenge (7.5 mil/2.4) had the best demo rating, despite dipping a tenth.