By Mandi Bierly
Updated January 07, 2010 at 06:52 PM EST
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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.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.

I Get That a Lot (CBS)

8.5

8:30 p.m.

The Middle (ABC)

8.2

9 p.m.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

10.8

9:30 p.m.

Cougar Town (ABC)

7.9

10 p.m.

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

5.2

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