ABC's new comedies have given the network something to smile about.
Modern Family and Cougar Town debuted to 12.7 million and 11.4 million viewers, respectively. Although CBS' Criminal Minds won the 9/8c timeslot in overall viewers (15.4 million), the ABC comedy combo was the most-watched in the key demographics. Following a Dancing with the Stars results show, which won the 8/7c hour with 15 million viewers, Modern Family improved ABC's rating in the demo by 23 percent.
Despite stiff premiere competition at 9/8c, Glee pulled 6.6 million viewers, a loss of only 5 percent week-to-week. NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiere was watched by 8.2 million viewers, but came up last in the demos.
Comedy wasn't as strong for CBS. A 8/7c combo of debuts from The New Adventures of Old Christine (7.7 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (7.4 million viewers) took second behind Dancing. Fox's So You Think You Can Dance was up slightly from a week ago with 5.6 million viewers and NBC's Mercy debuted to 8.2 million viewers.
At 10, ABC's Eastwick (8.5 million viewers) fared decently with the comedy lead-in, placing second behind CBS' CSI: NY, which won the hour with 14.6 million viewers. Jay Leno was watched by 6.4 million viewers, but earned its lowest rating in the demo to date.