Monday, April 22, 2024

ABC’s “Modern Family” Finale Beaten in Ratings by CBS’s “Survivor,” NBC’s Dick Wolf “Chicago” Shows


The dingbats at ABC scheduled the “Modern Family” series finale against the first night of Passover, when modern families would be having seders. They got what they deserved. The two hour special came in third among theĀ  big three networks. You reap what you sow. Would they have scheduled that finale for Christmas or Easter? No. But Passover? Who cares, right?

“Modern Family” kept ABC afloat for years not only with ratings but with awards galore. So you’d think ABC would think through the finale. Instead, they pissed it away.

The series finale was beaten handily by NBC’s Dick Wolf “Chicago” shows, and by CBS’s “Survivor.”

Wolf’s shows averaged over 8.9 million viewers from 8 to 10pm. “Survivor” had 7.784 million from 8 to 9pm.

“Modern Family” did 6.7 million total viewers from 8 to 9pm, and 7.4 million from 9 to 10pm.

The show that followed, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” with Jimmy Kimmel, sank to 6.3 million viewers at 10pm. The main guest was “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, with the show’s head writer Danny Zuker. The pair alluded to a possible new show they were working on together. If they’re smart, it won’t be on ABC.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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