Broadcast networks posted across-the-board ratings gains week-to-week for a second consecutive night, with ABC’s freshman comedy Modern Family (4.2 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) hitting a series demo high with a Hawaiian trip episode. NBC’s low-brow reality show Minute To Win It (2.2/7) was the surprising winner in the 8 PM hour, posting the network’s best rating in the hour with non-Olympic programming since The Biggest Loser finale in November. The stronger lead-in didn’t help much NBC’s struggling freshman drama Mercy (1.1/3), which was up only a tenth from last week’s series low. With the exception of ABC’s midseason drama Happy Town (1.2/3), which was flat week-to-week in its third and last airing during the regular season (the series will burn off its remaining episodes in June), all other Wednesday shows posted single-digit demo ratings gains, including bubble CBS comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine (1.9/6, up 6%). The two-hour season finale of America’s Next Top Model (1.8/6 in 18-34, 3.8 million) delivered the CW’s best Wednesday ratings in more than a year, since the March 2009 premiere of cycle 12 of the show. Fox (3.9/11, 12.1 million) won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers, with the American Idol result show (6.4/17, 19.1 million) up only a fraction from last week.
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