“Modern Family” rocks, “Animal Practice” flops

This show sucks.

When yours truly watched Animal Practice, I was looking to see if Randy Michaels’ name was anywhere in the credits…

The results for the first Wednesday night of the 2012-13 season are in the books and it was a huge night for recent Emmy winner Modern Family, a so-so debut for new sitcom The Neighbors, and as expected, DOA numbers for NBC’s Animal Practice and Guys With Kids.

All ratings are from the adult 18-49 demo, unless otherwise noted. These results have now been updated to reflect final numbers.

The first hour of prime time saw POS sitcom Animal Practice finish fourth with a 1.4 rating/4 share, down 42 percent from year-ago occupant Up All Night. In its preview after the Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics on August 12, Practice drew a 4.1 rating (basically switching the numbers between the decimal point), down a whopping 66 percent. Guys With Kids actually grew 14 percent from the demo with a 1.6/5, but dropped 400,000 viewers in the process. In any case, both NBC sitcoms finished behind Fox’s X Factor (3.4/9, good enough for the net to win the night in the demo), Survivor‘s 3.1/9, and The Middle (2.9/9). CW’s Oh Sit (which was renewed for a second summer season on Wednesday), brought up the rear with a 0.4/1. Arrow takes over the time slot on October 10, with hopefully improved time period results.

Moving to the second hour, Outstanding Comedy Emmy winner Modern Family was the standout with a 5.5/15 for ABC, which made it by far the highest-rated show of the evening, despite being down 8 percent from last year. Next for ABC was the premiere of critically-maligned sitcom The Neighbors with a 3.2/8, down 42 percent from its lead-in. Next week, Neighbors moves to the time period between Middle and Modern Family. CBS’ long-running Criminal Minds finished with a solid 3.1/8, easily passing NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s 2.1/6, but both procedurals experienced erosion at 24 percent and 13 percent from last year respectively, and both shows had their lowest-rated season premieres in their collective histories.

In the final hour of prime-time among the broadcast networks, the 12th season premiere of CBS’ CSI drew 10.6 million viewers and a 2.5/7, beating SVU and a Revenge clip show on ABC with a 1.5/4. Nashville slips into the time period for ABC on October 10.

Updated at 9:31 a.m. on 2012-09-28.