Trick-or-treat time is sweet for 'Modern Family,' 'Glee' and 'The Walking Dead'

HYPEY HALLOWEEN: Seasonal episodes of
HYPEY HALLOWEEN: Seasonal episodes of "Modern Family" (left, with Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen) and "Glee" (with Cory Monteith and Lea Michele) scored impressive numbers. (Karen Neal/abc)
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

One week before Americans turned out at the polls, they voted loud and clear with their remote controls.

Here's a look at the week's winners and losers:


"Modern Family." In the very tight race between super-hyped Halloween episodes, ABC's "Modern Family" edged out "Glee's" reinterpretation of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (in which most of the horror had been sanitized) with an average of 13.1 million viewers and 11.8 million, respectively.

"The Walking Dead." In the weekend race between a rally staged on the Mall and the debut of a drama starring zombies who had unsuccessfully attacked the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall, zombies appear to have emerged victorious with 5 million viewers for their debut of "The Walking Dead" -- an AMC scripted series record. That said, we do not know how many people watched the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on C-SPAN -- we only know 2 million-ish watched it live on Comedy Central. And, of course, the rally was held Saturday during the day, when there are far fewer homes using their TVs than on Sunday night, when "The Walking Dead" debuted. Is this just another way of saying the zombies ran the smarter race?


World Series. Americans once again elected football its National Past time on Sunday when Game 4 of the San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers World Series on Fox (15.5 million viewers) got pounded by the New York Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL game on NBC (18 million). It's the first time on record an NFL broadcast has beaten a World Series game in head-to-head competition. Oh wait, Monday's "Dancing With the Stars" competition (20.4 million) trounced them both. What an upset!

Seabiscuit's race

From a rally staged by Comedy Central to restore sanity in Washington, it's a mere hop, skip and jump to an interview with the president of the United States on Election Day conducted by the host of "American Idol."

Yes, Ryan Seacrest continued to audition for the gig he had tried but failed to land -- taking over for Larry King on CNN -- when he interviewed President Obama on Tuesday morning on the nationally syndicated radio show "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest."

One day earlier, Seabiscuit had put out an SOS on Twitter and Facebook. He desperately needed real questions to ask the leader of our country. We're guessing you leapt to his aid and coughed up the first few questions of his interview -- on immigration laws, the recession, blah, blah, blah. The Seabiscuit snuffling over the airwaves sounded very serious, but also utterly bored with the sound of his own voice -- something scientists had proven impossible, we thought.

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