Massive premieres for 'Cougar Town,' 'Modern Family'
Massive premieres for 'Cougar Town,' 'Modern Family'--The Live Feed | THR#Chronic comedy underdog ABC launched two new shows to stunning numbers Wednesday night.
The critically acclaimed "Modern Family" premiered to 12.7 million viewers and 4.3 preliminary adults 18-49 rating.
Courteney Cox's "Cougar Town" had 11.4 million viewers and also enjoyed a 4.3 rating.
The shows improved 34% on their "Dancing With the Stars" (14.9 million, 3.2) lead in and won 9 p.m. against tough competition.
These comedy numbers would thrill CBS if a new show garnered such figures during its Monday night block. For ABC, a network that's struggled to produce comedies with any ratings traction, they're pretty amazing.
The shows tied as TV's highest-rated half-hour comedy debut in two years (since ABC's "Samantha Who," which had a larger "Dancing" lead in) and beat the debuts of fellow new comedies "Accidentally on Purpose" (+30%) and "Community" (+13%).