10:18am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Happy Endings' scores ratings high, retains more 'Modern Family' lead-in
Three episodes into its second season, ABC comedy Happy Endings brought in its highest audience to date, averaging 7.5 million viewers during its 9:30 p.m. broadcast for October 12.
STORY: Complete Wednesday Ratings
The series held onto 56 percent of its Modern Family lead-in, its strongest retention since the series premiere when Modern Family had much softer ratings.
Happy Endings tied its previous high, from the Season 2 premiere, of a 4.6 rating/7 share of households.
STORY: 'Happy Endings' Guest Star Megan Mullally Sings the Show's Praises
Episode to episode, it rose 12 percent in total viewers and 18 percent in the 18-49 demographic, where it scored a 3.3. Year to year it gave ABC a 4 percent increase in viewers.