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'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...

The Middle Season 4 Episode 9 “Twenty Years”

The Middle  “Twenty Years” Season 4 Episode 9  airs Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 (8:00-8:30p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : As their 20th anniversary approaches, Frankie begins to think that Mike may be tiring of her company and is purposely trying to avoid her. Meanwhile, Sue frantically tries to coax Axl and Brick into helping her set up an anniversary party for their parents, and Brick falls into a non-responsive state when Axl tells him the ending of a book he’s been waiting years to read, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More...

ABC’s 'The Middle' and 'The Neighbors' Dominate NBC’s Comedies from 8-9pm on Wednesday

“Modern Family” Scores the Series’ 3rd-Highest-Ever Repeat Telecast in Adults 18-49

The Middle Season 4 Episode 8 “Christmas Help”

The Middle  “Christmas Help” Season 4 Episode 8  airs Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 (8:00-8:30p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : Christmas doesn’t seem so merry to Mike when he helps brother Rusty (Norm Macdonald) move some furniture into the Heck house garage and discovers that Rusty doesn’t actually own the items. Read More...

Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz: I Suffered a "Mini Stroke"

Frankie Muniz was hospitalized last Friday after suffering what the Malcolm in the Middle star called a "Mini Stroke" on his Twitter . "I was...