Network TV’s Midseason Numbers Are Ugly

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Photo: Courtesy of ABC

Halfway through the new TV season, the L.A. Times is assessing the success and failure of the networks. And there's lots of failure! ABC, CBS, and NBC are all down in ratings among those young folks advertisers love, with the Peacock taking the biggest hit. The Times' conclusions run the gamut from depressing (crime procedurals are still killing it) to obvious ("Leno in prime time was a bad idea"). But there is one encouraging development to take from the first half of the TV season: Modern Family, which has proven that people love Ed O'Neill, even when he has both hands outside of his pants.

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