Wednesday was a good night for ABC, as comedies The Middle, Suburgatory and Happy Endings all hit series highs in total viewers and in the 18-49 demo by which broadcasters measure their success.
To boot, freshman series Revenge posted its second-highest numbers with viewers and young adults.
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At 8/7, The Middle grabbed 10.19 million (up from 9.03 million last week) and tied its series high with a 3.1 demo rating, though it still finished second to CBS' Survivor: South Pacific, which pulled in 11.57 million viewers (3,4 demo rating. A repeat of NBC's Up All Night managed 3.81 million (1.1).
In the next half-hour, Suburgatory lured 9.83 million (up from 8.79 million a week ago) with a 3.4 rating. A Whitney rerun totaled 4.11 million (1.2).
Yet another repeat of The CW's Ringer got 1.29 million. America's Next Top Model, which followed, got 2.23 million (and a 1.0 demo rating that was a season high).
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Criminal Minds, typically Wednesday night's most-watched show, was a rerun and entertained nearly 11.357 million people in prime time's middle hour — a mere 4,000 behind the Modern Family Halloween episode repeat, which took the demo competition, 4.4 to 2.8. A rerun of NBC's Harry's Law enticed 4.42 million (compared last week's first-run 8.18 million).
Happy Endings had 8.34 million people tuning in at 9:30/8:30c — way up from last week's 6.89 million. Its demo rating was 3.5.
In the final prime-time hour, ABC's Revenge scored 8.71 million (after two weeks of 7.94 million) and 2.8 demo rating vs. repeats of CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9.01 million/2.0) and NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (3.51 million/0.8).