ABC saw its Wednesday comedies return from the winter break and rise from last month’s season lows. The Middle (2.4/7) was up 14% from its December 12 airing. The Neighbors (2.0/6) rose a solid 25% from its last original while Modern Family (4.7/12) was up 12%. Modern Family was also the most watched show of the night, pulling in 11.961 million viewers in its 9 PM slot. Suburgatory (2.7/7) went up 23% from its last original on December 5 and Nashville (2.0/6) flexed a bit of country muscle to rise 5% from five weeks back. CBS started the night with the celebrity reality special I Get That A Lot (2.0/6) on Wednesday. With Jane Seymour, Cheech Marin and late Dallas star Larry Hagman among the famous faces working in everyday jobs, the show was down 13% from last year’s special on January 4, 2012. Following that, there was more celeb action with the two-hour live People’s Choice Awards (2.6/7). With 9.64 million watching, the annual award show got a slight 4% ratings rise over last year’s broadcast on January 11, 2012. With an average audience of 9.010 million, CBS won the night in total viewers while ABC was tops with Adults 18-49.
Over on NBC, Whitney (1.4/4) was down 22% from last week and Guys With Kids (1.3/4) was down 24%. Both shows had come back very strong from the winter break with ratings and demo highs. Law & Order: SVU (2.1/5) dipped 5% last night from the previous week’s season high rating. However, with an audience of 8.3 million last night, the long-running series hit a viewership season high Wednesday. Down 8% from last week’s Chicago Fire (2.2/6) had matched its second highest rating yet. The freshman series tied with its November 7 broadcast, which had a special edition of The Voice as the lead-in. Fox had its own share of celebrity reality Wednesday with Stars In Danger: The High Dive (1.3/4). The wet two-hour special got 3.369 million viewers. The CW had repeats of Arrow (0.5/1) and Supernatural ( 0.4/1) last night.
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