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'The Middle' and 'The Neighbors' Grow Against 'American Idol'

ABC ranked #2 on Wednesday night in Adults 18-49 to a 2-hour Idol-driven Fox.

TV ratings: 'American Idol' down Wednesday but FOX still wins big

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013"American Idol" dropped off some Wednesday from its premiere, losing almost 2 million viewers and six tenths of a point in the 18-49 demographic compared to last week. FOX still dominated the night, however, as no one else mounted much of a challenge.Elsewhere, "CSI" scored a season high in adults 18-49. "Modern Family" was down slightly for ABC, but "The Middle" improved, helping the network hold pretty steady with last week.FOX brought in 16 million viewers and a 9.3 rating/14 share in households for the night, down from 17.9 million viewers last Wednesday. CBS (10 million, 6.4/10) was the best of the rest. ABC came in third with 7.15 million viewers and a 4.5/7. The CW (2.61 million, 1.6/2) edged a night of repeats on NBC (2.5 million, 1.8/3) for fourth place.In the adults 18-49 demo, FOX's 5.4 rating was far and away the night's best. ABC and...

Video: A Few Minutes With... "The Middle" Co-Stars Patricia Heaton & Neil Flynn

ABC's hit comedy continues its fourth season tonight at 8:00/7:00c.

The Middle Season 4 Episode 11 “One Kid at a Time”

The Middle  “One Kid at a Time” Season 4 Episode 11  airs Wednesday, Jan 16, 2012 (8:00-8:30p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network . Episode Synopsis : Feeling guilty over not being able to spend enough quality time with each of their kids, Frankie and Mike decide to dedicate each day of a three-day weekend to  one of their offspring. Unexpected revelations emerge when Axl takes them to a paintball range, Sue talks them into an exhausting itinerary consisting of 17 separate activities, and Brick tries to bring them to a “Planet Nowhere” sci-fi book convention, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. READ MORE...

'The Middle' Will Gladly Take Longetivity Over Awards

ABC's "The Middle" doesn't get the recognition, ratings or Emmy Awards that "Modern Family" does, but the cast and creators are fine with cruising under the radar if they can continue producing more episodes. "I say slow and steady wins the race," series star Neil Flynn rationalized at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

'The Middle' Cast, Creators Don't Mind Being Called 'Underappreciated'

We "have a drink every time a critic says 'underrated,'" executive producer DeAnn Heline said at TCA.

TV ratings: People's Choice Awards up but 'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top show

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013The People's Choice Awards broadcast was up a little bit over last year, and it helped CBS score a win in total viewers Wednesday night. ABC also had a decent night, as all of its shows, led by "Modern Family," improved on their last original episode.Elsewhere, FOX's special "Stars in Danger: The High Dive" belly-flopped, shedding about a million viewers from its first hour to its second. NBC's "Law & Order: SVU," meanwhile, scored a season high in viewers.CBS drew just over 9 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/9 share in households in primetime, beating ABC's 7.6 million and 4.8/8. NBC (6.8 million, 4.4/7) came in third. FOX (3.4 million, 2.1/3) was fourth, and The CW (1.4 million, 0.9/1) trailed.The top two networks switched places in the adults 18-49 demographic, with ABC's 2.6 topping CBS' 2.4 for the lead. NBC came in third with a 1.9, followed by...

The Middle Season 4 Episode 10 “Life Skills”

The Middle  “Life Skills” Season 4 Episode 10  airs Wednesday, Jan 9, 2012 (8:00-8:30p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : Axl is shocked to discover that he and Sue are enrolled in the same Life Skills class. And things only get worse for the Ax-Man when he is assigned to work with his sister on a big class project. READ MORE...

TV ratings: 'X Factor' leads Wednesday as Miss Universe rises some

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012The final performances on "The X Factor" improved on last week's ratings and gave FOX an across-the-board win on a night dotted with reruns and specials.NBC's broadcast of the Miss Universe pageant was up over last year, albeit only to a little over 6 million viewers. "Chicago Fire" improved significantly on its ratings from a week ago, rising half a point in adults 18-49.FOX drew 8.3 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/8 share in households for the night. NBC (6.3 million, 4.1/7) came in second, beating out CBS (5.8 million, 3.8/6) and ABC (5.2 million, 3.5/6). The CW trailed with 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2.FOX was the only network to score better than a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, finishing with a 2.7. NBC finished second in the demographic with a 1.8. ABC was third at 1.5, followed by CBS, 1.1, and The CW, 0.3....

'The Middle': Patricia Heaton on ABC's little comedy that could

Zap2it: How do you assess the longevity "The Middle" has had?Patricia Heaton: I think we've always done pretty well, but it's been great to have the critical support. We started the same year "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" started, and "Cougar Town" was the [then-new ABC sitcom] that was sort of getting all the buzz, and "Modern Family" was the one that sort of shot to the top.We were just chugging along like the little engine that could, and it reminds me a little bit of "[Everybody Loves] Raymond," that sort of slow and steady and upward trajectory. And that's been helped a lot by critics recognizing the show and saying, "You should be watching this." We've been really appreciative of that.Zap2it: Creatively, what do you think the strong suit of "The Middle" is?Patricia Heaton: The writers have done something that's very tricky, which is to do a show with funny adult humor that also...