"Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" Debut Big for ABC - Featured

12.7 and 11.4 million viewers tuned into the premieres of Modern Family and Cougar Town respectively on ABC last night.



For a network that has had historic difficulty launching 30 minute comedies, this is fantastic news!


CBS was also a ratings winner last night with the premieres of Criminal Minds (15.4 million) and CSI: NY (14.6 million), as well as the return of their Wednesday comedies, The New Adventures of Old Christine (7.7 mil) and Gary Unmarried (7.4 mil).


Over on NBC, Mercy debuted to a respectable 8.2 million viewers, finishing second in the 8PM hour behind Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Slightly disappointing for the net was the return of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which was down considerably from last year, with only 8.4 million viewers.


At 10PM, ABC also debuted new series Eastwick, which picked up a decent 8.5 million viewers, easily beating The Jay Leno Show on NBC (6.4 mil).


The biggest loser of the night: The Beautiful Life on The CW, with an embarrassing 1.1 million viewers. Have you entered our Fall TV Death Pool on Facebook yet? I'd say TBL is a prime candidate for an early cancellation...


What premieres did you watch last night?


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Sep 24, 2009 2:51PM EDT

For comedy premieres this season I've been well impressed. Quite liked Bored to Death as it is a little bit dark and has that 'uncomfortable' humour normally reserved for a Ricky Gervais comedy, but Schwatzman and Danson pull it off nicely. I really felt Community was going to be favourite new comedy as I loved the relationships between the characters and how the wit and hilarious lines just bounce off each other. I hope I'm not proved wrong by the second episode tonight and it provides lots of laughs.
After watching the two premieres of Modern Family and Cougar Town, I have a new winner.........it's Modern Family! With the style of camera work having a documentary style like the great Spinal Tap, this brand new comedy turned it up to 11! Julie Bowen is one of the best actresses around. She can not only be serious (see Lost for details) but can also deliver great dead-pan lines with comedic expertise. I grew up watching Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy (see Married...with Children for details) so he was clearly going to be good as a griping old man. All in all, I will be tuning in every week to this......wait for it....awesome comdey. The others in the cast, young and old, were great too.
Cougar Town was fun enough but I feel it may get tired of the same joke too quickly, hopefully it'll be funny for quite a while until it becomes a parody of itself (see Scrubs for that example of a show staying on the air too long using the same joke over and over!). Come to think of it, wasn't that a Bill Lawrence comedy too?!?

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Sep 24, 2009 3:53PM EDT

Both good, cougar town was surprisingly funny. Nice to see Courtney Cox back in a likable funny role. Christa Miller(Jordan from Scrubs) is also a good casting choice for the role of her married older friend. I know she is sleeping with the producer so her role was a given(married to Bill Lawrence) but still a good choice none the less.
Sabre7 is right, there has been some quality new comedies, community is a pretty fresh comedy for an NBC 30-min show and Bored to Death is very interesting, not for everyone, but that is right up my ally Schwartzman's brand of dry humor is really suited for premiere channels like HBO and Showtime

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Sep 24, 2009 7:43PM EDT

Modern Family was awesome.. I really thought it was funny.. and Cougar Town surprised me, it had some really funny moments.. She just needs to STOP stating the reason she's dating younger men, it got old..

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