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Ratings: CBS wins the night, ABC comedies return with a bang

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CBS may have won the evening with the celeb prank show I Get That a Lot and the 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards, but third-place ABC also has reason to celebrate. Modern Family scored its highest ratings in both total viewers and adults 18-49 since its premiere. It was the night’s top show among the latter, coveted demo. Cougar Town posted its highest numbers since mid-October, while the 8:30 p.m. episode of The Middle managed a series high in 18-49. Even though Ugly Betty, debuting in its new non-Friday time slot, couldn’t quite defeat Jay Leno, it did hit season highs in both 18-49 and total viewers.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. I Get That a Lot (CBS)

The Middle (ABC)

Mercy (NBC)

Glee (Fox)

One Tree Hill (The CW)

8.5

7.5

7.3

3.4 (repeat)

.9 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. The Middle (ABC) 8.2
9 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

The 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards (CBS)

Modern Family (ABC)

Glee (Fox)

Gossip Girl (The CW)

10.8

10.7

10.2

3.4 (repeat)

.5 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. Cougar Town (ABC) 7.9
10 p.m. The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

Ugly Betty (ABC)

5.2

5.1

Read more:

People’s Choice Awards 2010: The PopWatch Categories

I did not get a lot out of I Get That a Lot

Cougar Town recap: The funniest lines from last night’s episode (with Lisa Kudrow)

Modern Family recap: Where there’s smoke, there’s hot firefighters (and a not-so-funny Benjamin Bratt)

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