While the Modern Family TV show lost some momentum in the Nielsen ratings race last year, it still remains a top-five scripted performer for ABC. After The Middle ended with season nine, some fans expected Modern Family to be the next long-running sitcom to exit the airwaves. Shortly before the tenth season kicked off though, the Alphabet Network revealed it has been in ongoing talks with 20th Century Fox to continue the story. Does season 10 seem like the right time to end it, or should this TV series have a big, full season-long send-off? Will Modern Family be renewed for season 11? Stay tuned. **Status update below.
An ABC ensemble comedy, Modern Family stars Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jeremy Maguire, and Brigitte the French bulldog. The sitcom revolves around three Los Angeles families who are interrelated through Jay Pritchett (O’Neill) and his adult children, Claire Dunphy (Bowen) and Mitchell Pritchett (Ferguson).
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The ninth season of Modern Family on ABC averaged a 1.59 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.69 million total viewers (live + same day ratings).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the Modern Family TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for season 11 on ABC?
**2/5/2109 Status Update: Modern Family has been renewed for an 11th and final season. Details here.