TV Ratings: Boosted 'Modern Family' Gives ABC's 'Parents' a Solid Launch

The midseason comedy opens well with Wednesday's ideal lead-in, while "American Idol" hits another low and many other series shrink.
"How to Live With Your Parents"

American Idol's ratings continue to chip away in the middle of its 12th cycle. The two-hour Fox broadcast was down from last Wednesday's showing among adults 18-49, though only by two tenths of a point (just one tenth from last week's Fast Nationals). It was enough to give the series another low for a performance episode. The episode averaged 11.5 million viewers.

CBS also saw small dips across the board, with Survivor (2.4 adults) down a tenth of a point and Criminal Minds (2.8 adults) and CSI (2.1 adults) both dropping by two tenths from their last originals. The network pulled a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers.

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The Middle (2.0 adults) was up two tenths of a point from last week, leading into a new slot of Suburgatory (1.8 adults). The latter only lost a tenth of a point from its most recent 9:30 p.m. showing. Modern Family (4.1 adults) jumped by nearly a full point from last week (3.2 adults), giving a strong lead for the debut of How to Live With Your Parents (2.9 adults). Also helping Parents was the fact that Modern Family ran over by a minute, so adjustments when final returns come in are likely. As of now, the freshman comedy tied last year's midseason opener of Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 in the same time period. Nashville (1.7 adults) was up two tenths of a point at 10 p.m. ABC averaged a 2.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers.

With Whitney finishing its season, Dateline (1.4 adults) moved into the 8 p.m. hour on NBC. It was up three tenths of a point from its last Sunday broadcast. After an encore of Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire (1.6 adults) was down a tenth of a point, NBC averaged a 1.5 rating in the demo and 6.1 million viewers.

Arrow (0.9 adults) was even on the CW, while Supernatural (0.8 adults) shed two tenths of a point from last week. The CW pulled a 0.8 adults rating and 2.4 million viewers.

Univision averaged a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers.