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“Get That a Lot” (8.5 million viewers, 2.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) won 8 p.m., though dipped a slight 15% from its first incarnation last April. People’s Choice (10.8 million, 3.4) was up 13% from last year’s telecast, with the “Twilight” saga winning four awards.
ABC’s comedy block continued to impress with a flurry of guest stars, kicking off with an episode of “The Middle” (7.5 million, 2.2). Then Brooke Shields guest starred on the highest-rated “Middle” (8.2 million, 2.7) original ever, up 13% from its last original. “Modern Family” (10.2 million, 4.1) was up 5% with guest star Benjamin Bratt, hitting its best rating since its premiere. “Cougar Town” (7.9 million, 3.3) featured Courteney Cox’s former “Friends” co-star Lisa Kudrow, climbing 18% to score its best number since October.
All that comedy power led into the time-period premiere of “Ugly Betty” (5.1 million, 1.6), which fumbled the ball in ABC’s 10 p.m. end zone, performing almost as miserably as on Friday nights (up 23% from its Friday average, which is still less than the average performance of the canceled “Eastwick” in this Wednesday slot). The “Betty” issue is clearly not the time slot, most former fans are simply finished with this show.
NBC’s “Mercy” (7.3 million, 1.7) was down 6% to tie its lowest-rated telecast ever. “Law & Order: SVU” (10.8 million, 3.2) was up 39% to a season high, demonstrating yet again that NBC should have kept the drama at 10 p.m. — whenever CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (3.2) takes a break, like last night, “SVU” climbs significantly. “Jay Leno Show” (5.2 million, 1.5) was average, falling 53% from its lead-in. Fox and the CW aired repeats.
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