'Happy Endings' scores ratings high, retains more 'Modern Family' lead-in

The sophomore ABC comedy enjoyed its highest audience to date, builds on 18-49 demo.
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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.

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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.

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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.