Ratings: Happy Endings Up, Voice Encores Well

ABC’s Happy Endings had something to smile wide about this Wednesday. Drawing 5.22 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, the freshman comedy enjoyed a more than 30 percent gain from last week’s 10 o’clock outing.

Among ABC’s other fresh comedy fare for the night, Better With You (4.82 mil/1.5) dipped a smidgen week-to-week, while Cougar Town (5.6 mil/2.1), coming off a Modern Family repeat, was down 12 percent.

Elswehere this Wednesday:

* American Idol held rock-steady versus last week’s preformance show, delivering 21.7 million viewers and a 6.9 rating. Survivor (10.9 mil/3.0) also was flat.

* NBC’s Royal Wedding special, with 5.2 million viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, gave NBC its (faint praise alert!) best Wednesdays-at-8 audience in 12 weeks. Similarly, the encore of the two-hour Voice premiere (6 mil/2.2) gave NBC its best average demo rating for the 9 to 11 pm stretch in 11 weeks.

* Like ABC’s Happy Endings, Fox’s Breaking In is looking like a comedy keeper, scoring slight gains in audience (to 7.6 mil) and in the demo (2.6).