Modern Family's Debut on USA Rated Lower Than Big Bang's on TBS in 2011

USA's 947,000 total viewers vs. TBS' 1.5 million

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Updated: Mea culpa. Folks point out an error in the figures I was using—Big Bang did indeed start off strong and get stronger. This is still, of course, a longer story, but USA Network's first week of ratings for Modern Family do not, in fact, outdo Big Bang during the same period.

Buyers have been complaining for weeks now about the possibility that Modern Family on USA Network would not live up to its super-high off-net syndication price ($1.4

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