I love Modern Family — who doesn’t? I chuckle watching Cougar Town . But I think The Middle is the most underrated of the Wednesday-night sitcoms. The Patricia Heaton-led show is a rock-solid sitcom, the saga of a family struggling to keep their heads above the choppy economic waters, but it has no time for self-pity, tears, or sappiness. Its title refers to the middle of the country, the middle-class, and the middling hopes and dreams of Heaton’s Heck family. This week, the half hour was all about Heaton’s Frankie and Neil Flynn’s Mike taking back their lives from their demanding three children. "When did the kids become our bosses?" said the overworked, exhausted Frankie. "We’re always catering to them." To Read More Click Here.
Check out a first look of the upcoming episode of THE MIDDLE "Taking Back The House" Season 2 Episode 11 which will air on WEDNESDAY,January 5 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis: After years of being at their kids’ beck-and-call and never having time for themselves, Frankie and Mike decide to take charge of their lives and regain control over the Heck household. But Axl, Sue and Brick don’t plan on going down without a fight, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Source & More Photos
ABC shaded demo victory on Wednesday while CBS won in a blowout in total viewers. NBC placed second overall and third in adults 18-49. FOX got fourth place in both age categories followed by last and very least The CW. NBC’s Undercovers continues the downward slide in adults 18-49 : Another burn-off installment of the already canceled spy drama series reached 4.46 million viewers and a 1.0 rating/3 share among adults 18-49. This was an increase of 6 percent in total viewers but a loss of 9 percent in the demo, compared to a week ago. Needless to say, Undercovers hit an all-time low in adults 18-49. To Read More Click Here.
Sophomore sitcom The Middle has received an order for two more episodes this season, bringing the total to 24, a rep for ABC tells TVGuide.com. Averaging 8.7 million weekly viewers, The Middle kicks off ABC's Wednesday comedy block that includes Modern Family and Cougar Town . The Middle stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynnas a middle-class family with three quirky children. The Middle airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on ABC. Source Here
Check out a first look of the upcoming episode of THE MIDDLE "A Simple Christmas" Season 2 Episode 10 which will air on WEDNESDAY, December 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis: The Hecks count down the 12 days of Christmas with Frankie’s parents, Pat (Marsha Mason) and Tag (Jerry Van Dyke), when they come to town to spend the holiday with the family – much to Mike’s dismay. But when Frankie decides that she wants to take the focus off of the gifts and make it a simple Christmas, Pat and Tag have other ideas, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Source & Photos
Guess who's coming to dinner? Norm MacDonald joins the Hecks at their Thanksgiving feast, bringing a little snark to the table as Mike's tent-dwelling brother, Rusty. The wonderfully deadpan Saturday Night Live vet gives us a little taste of what to expect from tonight's episode of The Middle. To Read More Click Here.
Watch a sneak peek of the upcoming episode of THE MIDDLE "Thanksgiving II" Season 2 Episode 9 which will air on WEDNESDAY, November 24 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis: Mike begrudgingly invites his brother, Rusty (Norm Macdonald), who is temporarily living in a tent, and his father, Big Mike, who has recently broken his hip, to join him for the annual Heck family Thanksgiving. But when Frankie observes the macho Heck men’s non-communicative nature, she encourages a not-so-receptive Mike to engage them in a real conversation and express their feelings. Meanwhile, Brick is ecstatic when he discovers that Bob is bringing his girlfriend, Linda – the local librarian who loves books as much as Brick does – to Thanksgiving; and Sue wants to start a mother-daughter tradition of baking a pie for the holiday, but ends up getting more sliced up than the crust, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Source & Photos
Growing up isn’t easy on anyone in the "Errand Boy" episode of THE MIDDLE where Brick gets his first taste of staying home alone, Sue is unknowingly Mean Girled, and Axl tries to grow a beard. "I gotta tell you–I don’t think I would last ten seconds as a girl." Maybe not, but Mike shows he’s a terrifically endearing dad to one. His smile after Sue flatters him into driving her to the movies is downright adorable and I love his flipping up of the paper in the movie theater. Junior high girl drama really is brutal (I still have flashbacks, and oh, the horror. The horror!) and this episode gives a good little taste, especially in that Carly stands by saying nothing, best friend or no best friend. While Frankie’s right that there’s nothing you can do about it, I love that Mike tries. His Shannon smack down is hilariously awkward while his altercation with Shannon’s dad is full of win. "It’s our job to teach our kids to be decent. "Yeah, Shannon’s not going to go for that." Heh. Even though Sue, once again, has all kinds of teen pain coming, it’s nice to see her so bubbly and wow, she even takes off the sweatshirt. To Read More Click Here.
Watch a sneak peek of the upcoming episode of THE MIDDLE "Errand Boy" Season 2 Episode 8 which will air on WEDNESDAY, November 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis: Brick is sick and tired of being forced to accompany Frankie on her weekend errands and pleads with her to let him stay home alone. Meanwhile, Mike is torn over how to deal with Sue’s friend when he overhears her diss his daughter, and with his fellow teammates all growing beards for the football playoffs, Axl tries to grow one of his own – with mixed results — on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Source & Preview
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 CBS reclaimed Wednesday's top spot in the ratings as all three of its shows improved on last week's numbers. "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" were down a bit for ABC, but the network's 8 o'clock shows continued to build, with "The Middle" hitting a series high in viewers for the second week in a row. CBS averaged 12.2 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/12 share among households in primetime, leading ABC (8.25 million, 5.1/8) by close to 4 million viewers. NBC (7.2 million, 4.8/8) came in third. A night of reruns on FOX delivered only 3.2 million viewers and a 2.0/3, but that was good enough to keep it ahead of The CW, which brought in 2.5 million people and a 1.6/3. The adults 18-49 battle was closer, but CBS still finished in the lead with a 3.3 rating. ABC came in second at 2.8 and was the only other network to score above a 2.0 in the demographic. NBC's 1.8 took third, followed by FOX, 1.3, and The CW, 1.1. To Read More Click Here.