Three new comedies that escape ABC's ax this fall are "", "" and "". On Thursday, October 8, the network gave the half-hour shows the full-season pick up they deserve after showing pretty good numbers in their first two episodes.
All three shows occupy the Wednesday night. "The Middle" which premiered on September 30 took the 8:30 slot and debuted with 8.71 million viewers. Its follow up, "Cougar Town" received a better opening on its September 23 pilot, taking in 11.28 million viewers. However, it was "Modern Family" which was the most well-received comedy of the three. Its pilot, also airing on September 23, managed to absorb more than 12 million viewers in the 9 - 9:30 hour.