The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town: ABC Sitcoms Get Second Seasons

IMAGEKelsey Grammer’s Hank didn’t last a full season and Eastwick was cancelled after 13 episodes but the rest of ABC’s original Wednesday night schedule seems to be performing just fine for the alphabet network.

At the ABC portion of the TCA press tour, network president Steve McPherson announced that he would be renewing The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town for another season.

The Middle revolves around a struggling family from the Midwest. Reminiscent of FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle, it stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Chris Kattan, Peter Breitmayer, and Brian Doyle-Murray.

Modern Family centers on three families and their various misadventures, as seen through the lenses of a documentary camera. The single-camera sitcom stars Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Rico Rodriguez, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet.

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Cougar Town follows Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox), a recently divorced mother who’s struggling to get back into the dating game. It also stars Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, and Carolyn Hennesy.

Of the three sitcoms, only The Middle was looking like it would be on the bubble for renewal with its average rating of 2.19 in the 18-49 demographic. The network is likely cutting the series some slack after having a poor lead-in for much of the season. ABC also typically shows some faith in one or two struggling freshman shows by giving them second season renewals.

Though the ratings for Modern Family and Cougar Town slipped from their initial numbers, they’ve hit the ground running 2010 and are both still strong players. Modern Family is averaging a 3.6 rating and Cougar Town is averaging a 3.14 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic.

Two more episodes of Cougar Town were recently ordered and today, McPherson said that all three shows will have more than 22 episodes this season. The additional episodes will be used to fill the void left by cancelled Hank.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear these shows have been renewed? Which, if any, are worth watching?

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  1. KK says

    Have adored witty Cougar Town since Day 1. My comic medicine. And now in love with The Middle as well– awesome, true-to-life writing!!! Modern Family is corny, UNrealistic & mostly not funny at all to me.

  2. Britney says

    COUGAR TOWN, that show is my freaking life. LOL, i can’t wait for September 22. Its literally marked down on my calendar in red sharpie. I might even like courteney cox better on it than on FRIENDS………might (monica was my fav in FRIENDS). Cannot wait!! :))

  3. Anita says

    I love Cougar Town! I don’t get ABC but I’ve seen previews of each show and here is what I thought just from the previews… The Middle – I instantly thought that show looks like a knock off of Malcolm in the Middle but looks less funny. Modern Family – I want to see it so I’m looking for the 1st season DVD. Cougar Town – I ran right out and bought it, I love Courtney Cox even more now than I did on “Friends” . I’m on disc two of the first season and was thinking “what am I going to do when I get to the end?” I wanted to look it up to see if it got picked up for a 2nd season. I think to many ppl are watching reality shows (me included) but it’s nice to see some straight up funny fictional acting. Yeah! theres some not that funny parts but the funny parts well out weight the not…lol Love it so please please don’t cancel. It’s rare that I sit and watch something that makes me laugh out loud even when I’m the only one in the room. Go Cougar Town!

  4. Commenters Everywhere says

    Woohoo!!! I’ve got nothing of any interest to say but I’m going to say it anyway, using lots of largely redundant exclamation points!!! and makin as many speling mistakes as i can in the procceess!!!! WOOT!!!!!!!!! !!!

  5. dosha says

    i love love love cougar town!! sooo happy and looking forward to the second season! ..and the middle, i like it too!

  6. monique says

    soooo! glad MODERN FAMILY & COUGAR TOWN are coming back love them. the middle not so much couldn’t really get into that!

  7. ganeshdoss says

    The Middle is a good season run…..waitin for seaosn 2 and cougar town is funny in memonts….didn’t see modern family yet

  8. Diane says

    Cougar Town and Modern Family are fantastic! so glad to hear there will be another season. My girls and I in the UK can’t wait for them!!

  9. Jess says

    The middle is so crap, its exactly like malcom in the middle except its not funny. even the little kid looks the same as dooie? hahaha LOVE cougar town, modern family is good to :)

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