Laura Prepon

Chelsea Handler has three shows... for now. The sitcom based on her life premiered to so-so numbers Wednesday, though they were good for NBC, which crowed that the program attracted the best viewership in the Wednesday-at-8:30/7:30 time slot in more than a year.

According to Nielsen overnight data, the new show's audience improved by 6 percent upon its lead-in, Whitney, which itself scored an 11 percent increase over the sitcom's last original episode in early December, when it aired on Thursday after The Office. Nonetheless, Suburgatory  far outpaced Are You There, Chelsea? More perspective: The premiere of American Idol is just around the corner.

CBS' 38th annual People's Choice Awards posted a rating that was down 7 percent from a year ago. And ABC enjoyed its usual strong Wednesday prime time, led by Modern Family, while the debut of One Tree Hill's ninth and final season gave The CW its best showing in the time slot in nearly a year.

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8 p.m.
CBS: Criminal Minds  [rerun] 8.87 million viewers (2.0 demo rating)
ABC: The Middle 9.59 million (3.0); Suburgatory  8.96 million (2.9)
Fox: Mobbed [rerun] 2.73 million (0.9)
NBC: Whitney 6.06 million (2.1); Are You There, Chelsea? 6.43 million (2.3)
CW: One Tree Hill 1.75 million (0.9)


9 p.m.
CBS: People's Choice Awards 8.88 million viewers (2.5 demo rating) {9-11 p.m.}
ABC: Modern Family 12.33 million (5.1); Happy Endings 7.07 million (3.1)
Fox: Mobbed 3.34 million (1.2)
NBC: Harry's Law 8.65 million (1.4)
CW: One Tree Hill [rerun] 824,000 (0.3)


10 p.m.
ABC: Revenge 7.51 million (2.4)
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit [rerun] 8.36 million (1.1)