According to Deadline, the second episode of Abbott Elementary (titled “Light Bulb”) was responsible for ABC’s highest comedy ratings since the series finale Modern Family. The episode was viewed by around 9.0 million people across all platforms and garnered a staggering 2.93 rating in the 18-49 age group. That incredible milestone was preceded by a 300% increase in viewership in the 35 days following the premiere of “Abbott Elementary,” marking the largest percentage growth for any new comedy in ABC history (via TV Insider).
The episode actually surpassed the MP35 (multiplatform 35-days) performance of the “Modern Family” finale, which attracted just 7.43 million viewers and a rating of 1.6 in the 18-49 age group (via The Hollywood Reporters). As far as passing the torch goes, beating the viewership total for the finale of a show as popular as Modern Family is a good start. Abbott Elementary still has a long way to go before it can be adored alongside The Office, but the series’ impressive ratings are certainly an encouraging sign for the relatively new show.