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 the 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.