Ratings: The B---- in Apt 23 Gets Warm Welcome, Best Friends Falls, SVU Steady at Series Low

The B—- in Apartment 23‘s new roomie might want to plan on staying a while, as ABC’s freshman comedy opened to solid numbers this Wednesday night.

With 7 million total viewers and a 2.9 demo rating, Apartment 23 matched the year-ago premiere numbers for Happy Endings, and improved on Happy Endings‘ Season 2 finale tallies by 33 and 21 percent.

ABC notes that Apt 23 delivered the best audience and demo retention out of a fresh Modern Family in a year, since Happy Endings‘ own debut. But do you give the B an A? Vote down below in our poll!

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Elsewhere on the night….

8 pm | American Idol‘s Top 7 sing-off was steady week-to-week with 16.4 million total viewers and a 4.9 rating. Survivor (9.6 mil/2.6) dipped 7 percent to a new series low. ABC’s The Middle (7 mil/2.1) and Suburgatory (6.1 mil/2.1) were steady in their returns. NBC’s Off Their Rockers (6.2 mil/1.6) slipped double digits from its premiere, while Best Friends Forever (2.94 mil/0.9) plunged 25 percent.

9 pm | Criminal Minds was flat with 11.8 million total viewers and a 3.0 rating. Modern Family returned to 10.3 mil and a 4.1, down just a few percent points from a month ago. Rock Center (2.75 mil/0.6) dropped 25 percent in the demo from its last 10 o’clock outing.

10 pm | CSI led with 9.8 mil and a 2.3, despite slipping some 20 percent week-to-week to match its all-time low. SVU returned flat at series lows of 5.4 mil/1.6, and was bested/matched by ABC’s Revenge-cap special (5.6 mil/1.6).

What were you watching this Wednesday night?