Two new comedies faced off Wednesday night as ABC’s Happy Endings premiered and Fox aired the second episode of Christian Slater’s Breaking In.
Happy (7.3 million viewers, 2.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) pulled a decent number in at 9:30 p.m. but was down 27 percent from the premiere of Mr. Sunshine in the slot earlier this year and fell 29 percent from its Modern Family lead-in (9.5 million, 3.8). ABC ran a second episode of Happy at 10 p.m. (5.7 million, 2.3).
With ABC’s comedies back in originals, Breaking In (8.4 million, 2.8) dropped 20 percent from last week’s opener, while its American Idol lead-in (22.4 million, 7.1) stayed about the same, despite Pia Toscano getting kicked off last week.
Overall, Fox was on top for the night. CBS ranked second with Survivor (10.8 million, 2.9) and Criminal Minds (13.3 million, 3.4) was down slightly. Suspect Behavior (9.9 million, 2.5) rose, thanks to NBC being in repeats.
ABC also aired original episodes of The Middle (6.1 million, 1.8) and Better With You (4.9 million, 1.5).
NBC defaulted the night, airing an original Minute to Win It (3.7 million, 1.0) and repeats.
The CW ran America’s Next Top Model (2.2 million, 1.0) and finished off Shedding for the Wedding (1.4 million, 0.6).