Modern Family‘s return with fresh fare was welcomed by yes, me, but not inconsequentially some 10.8 million other people. That in turn gave a (too little, too late?) lift to two of ABC’s Wednesday bubble shows.
Bolstered by a non-rerun lead-in, Mr. Sunshine surged 29 percent in total viewers (to 5.9 million) and 22 percent in the demo, scoring a 2.2.
Then, come 10pm, Off The Map (4.5 mil/1.5) enjoyed single-digit gains, though the jungle sudser still suffers from a very anemic demo rating. Maybe coconut water can help with that?
Elsewhere on Wednesday:
* American Idol‘s Motown night drew 23.47 million viewers and a 7.7 demo rating, up a bit week-to-week.
* Survivor held steady in total viewers (10.75 mil) but dipped to a 3.0 rating, which by some accounts is an all-time low.
* Over on The CW, Top Model (2.15 mil/1.0) was up 8 and 11 percent, while Shedding for the Wedding was flat at 967,000 viewers and a 0.4 (!!!) rating.
* In the 10 o’clock hour, Law & Order: SVU slugged it out with Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior for bragging rights in total viewers (8.7 mil vs. 8.9 mil), while the NBC procedural bested the CBS spin-off in the demo, 2.6 to 2.3.
What were you watching this Wednesday?