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'Family Tools' can't fix ABC comedy hole

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Family Tools

Another lackluster broadcast series premiere last night: Goofy freshman sitcom Family Tools had a weak debut Wednesday evening on ABC.

Tools was ABC’s lowest-rated comedy debut ever (read EW’s review here) and down 12 percent from the Neighbors average in this slot. Though at least fellow newcomer How to Live With Your Parents leaped 47 percent thanks to gaining an original Modern Family lead-in.

Also on the dial, Fox’s American Idol sank 13 percent to a new low, though was still No. 1 for the night. NBC’s The Voice managed more than half of Idol‘s rating despite airing a recap episode. NBC’s Chicago Fire grew 6 percent from its last original episode a month ago. CBS’ lineup hit an across-the-board lows. Full chart:

FOX 8-10P AMERICAN IDOL #2 2.8 11,075
ABC 8:00P MIDDLE #6 2.0 7,274
8:30P FAMILY TOOLS P #11t 1.5 5,766
9:00P MODERN FAMILY #1 3.5 9,535
9:30P HOW-PARENTS #5 2.2 6,248
10-11P NASHVILLE #8t 1.7 5,299
CBS 8-9P SURVIVOR #3t 2.3 9,065
9-10P CRIMINAL MINDS #3t 2.3 9,966
10-11P CSI #7 1.8 9,310
NBC 8-9P VOICE 5/1 S #10 1.6 5,574
9-10P LAW&O:SVU #11t 1.5 5,718
10-11P CHICAGO FIRE #8t 1.7 6,351
CW 8-9P ARROW #13t 0.9 2,805
9-10P SUPERNATURAL #13t 0.9 2,118