NBC debuted its
new Wednesday night comedy block, with the Chelsea Handler comedy, Are You
There, Chelsea? premiering to a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen
overnight numbers. That was up 10% from the cancelled Free Agents debut in
September (the Free Agents premiere was at 10:30 p.m. after the finale of America's Got Talent, and its time-period debut was a 1.3). Its lead-in, Whitney -- debuting in a new time
slot -- drew a 2.1, up 11% from its last airing Dec. 8 in its previous Thursday
9:30 p.m. slot. Harry's Law returned up 17% percent to a 1.4 and Law
& Order: SVU was up a tenth to a
2.0. NBC finished with an overall 1.9 rating/5 share for third place.
ABC was able to
grab the Wednesday win with an overall 3.2/8. The Middle and Suburgatory
were both even with last week with a 3.0 and 2.9, respectively. Modern
Family, while still the night's highest-rated show, fell 11% to a 5.1,
followed by Happy Endings shedding a tenth to a 3.1. Revenge also
dropped a tenth to a 2.4 at 10 p.m.
CBS took second
place with an overall 2.3/6, airing the 38th Annual People's Choice Awards
from 9-11 p.m. The telecast was down
7% from last year for its lowest-rated ever (excluding the 2008 WGA strike year).
The CW premiered
the final season of One Tree Hill at 8 p.m. to a 0.9 A18-49 rating, and
1.2 in A18-34 (last season's premiere drew a 1.1 in A18-34 in Sept. 2010).
Fox aired a new
episode of Mobbed at 9 p.m. for a 1.3, up 8%, for a
fourth place 1.1/3.