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Modern Family, The Middle: Renewed for Season Four

season four Modern FamilyABC is keeping things in the family. They’ve renewed Modern Family and The Middle for fourth seasons. Both continue to be very successful shows for the network. While many TV series have seen ratings declines this season both of these have seen increases.

Airing Wednesdays at 8pm, The Middle has been averaging a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.58 million total viewerrs. Year-to-year, Patricia Heaton and company are up by 8% in the demo (vs a 2.4 rating) and 5% in viewership (vs 8.18 million.

On our ABC Ratings Report Card, which ranks the network’s shows based on their relative demo numbers, The Middle has a “B” grade and is the sixth-highest scripted show on the network.

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Modern Family is easily the network’s most successful scripted show. The sitcom’s demo is actually 45% higher than Grey’s Anatomy, it’s closest rival for the top slot.

Season three of Modern Family has averaged a 5.2 rating in the demographic with 12.31 million viewers. Year-to-year, that’s up by 14% in the demo (vs a 4.5 rating) and 10% in viewers (vs 11.17 million).

On our ratings report card, it’s no surprise that Modern Family gets an “A++” grade.

With this kind of success, one has to wonder if ABC might start pushing for a spin-off, ala Private Practice.

ABC announces their 2012-13 schedule next week. It seems unlikely that ABC would move either of these shows to a different timeslot or night but we’ll know for sure on Tuesday.

What do you think? Are you watching either The Middle or Modern Family? Do you think ABC could successfully launch a Modern Family sitcom? Should it star one of the regular castmembers or someone new?

 

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Jaymar August 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Seriously??? This is unbelievable. The best suspense and drama show in a long time. It kept us on the wait week after week. What does it take for a show to make it anymore. Ashley Judd nailed it. Super bummer :(

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xiaolin June 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I love “the middle” so much , please continue this show. It is my favorite show. And also Atticus Shaffer is the lovelest character.

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jeodeo May 24, 2012 at 3:59 am

why the middle didn’t be popular like Modern Family.
I don’t understand you guys

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martha May 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I really wish they would have a season two my husband and I really enjoyed the show, it seems like every time they have a good show on they cancel it . Please change your mind and have a season two.

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Paula May 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

What the h…… I can’t stand it. I looked so forward to Thursday’s, now this! I am not happy at all. I thought the show was like to the movies every week. So disappointed they didn’t advertise enough.

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Christy Lee May 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm

The Middle is absolutely the best show on television and the only show we can watch as a family. It’s not as pure as snow. It’s real. I wish they would promote it more as “the” family show and “the” funniest show on television. If only they had a good public relations advisor…Come on ABC!!!

The Middle isn’t just for parents with kids. It’s for people who have been a kid—that’s pretty much all of us! Come on America!!! I’ve never laughed out loud so much in my life while watching television. I think back to shows that made me laugh: I Love Lucy, Laverne and Shirley, Friends, The Cosby Show, or even Will and Grace and never laughed this much. I bought seasons 1 and 2 and look forward to more seasons.

And that knitted blanket on the back of the couch from a relative…it even makes me laugh, as does the cluttered mess on the counter. Didn’t everyone have one of those blankets on their couch growing up?? Or maybe you still have one…? Perhaps ABC could do some promos while interviewing families sitting on their couches adorned with knitted blankets. It’s real. That’s reality TV.

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Roy Shaffer May 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

The Middle is absolutely the best family show on television. Clean and realistic. The entire cast is very good but Atticus Shaffer (Brick) is a great talent. happy that ABC is keeping this one on for another season. Hopefully, more.

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Tha Critic May 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

@ Jeremy Rynek: I agree about Modern Family. It’s good but sometimes it’s not all that. But I’m pleased that both MF and The Middle are renewed.

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Jeremy Rynek May 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Don’t do a Modern family spin off. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. I’ve noticed it’s become funnier over the years, but it’s still not perfect. It’s overrated is what I’m trying to say. Anyway with The Middle, wow, it has really come a long way. I remember watching the first half of season 1, it was so not funny at all. Now I’m laughing out loud every week. So good news, but still not surprising though. Just now need to renew last man standing and Don’t trust the BITCH in apartment 23. Also I’ve wondered, if Krysten Ritter would have stayed on Til death, if the show maybe still on, she was the best Allison by far.

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