Ratings: ‘Modern Family’ a killer; ‘Animal Practice,’ ‘Guys with Kids’ plummet

When we posted our review of “Animal Practice” episode 2 last night, we said that NBC would have been better off forgetting that the terrible pilot ever happened, not airing it during the Olympics, and then just started things off with what was actually a pretty strong half-hour of television. After seeing the new ratings for the show Wednesday, we’re pretty sure they feel the same way.

For its timeslot premiere, the Justin Kirk series drew a woeful 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic that will likely have it canceled by next week if it doesn’t improve, which is a move probably brought on in part by the bad press from the pilot and the Olympic interruption. Meanwhile, “Guys with Kids” fared a little better with a 1.6, but was lower in the less-important total viewers field. The name of Jimmy Fallon may buy this show a couple more weeks, but we would not be shocked if this hour of comedy was gone altogether by the new year.

Elsewhere, it’s notable to point out that “Modern Family” once again clobbered everyone with a stellar 5.5 rating for is premiere, even if this was a slight drop from last season. Meanwhile, “The Middle” drew an expected 2.8 and “The Neighbors” scored a 3.3 for its premiere that was about a 3.3 more than it deserved.

As for Fox, “The X Factor” kept most of its audience in finishing with a 3.3; meanwhile, CBS continued its trend of boring Wednesday ratings with “Survivor” (3.0), “Criminal Minds” (3.1), and “CSI” (2.5). Basically, the network would air these same shows for the next twenty years with these ratings, and would not think anything of it.

All in all, NBC is really the only network with something to be sad about here, since all of its shows (including the returning “Law & Order: SVU”) scored a little lower than they would have liked.

What did you end up watching Wednesday?

Photo: ABC

Ratings: TVbythenumbers

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