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USA Counts On ‘Modern Family’ To Draw Wider Crowd

And that’s, unfortunately, what we have this week. Only two matchups between ranked teams are on the docket with No. 4 Stanford hosting 23rd-ranked Arizona State and No. 21 Notre Dame renewing its rivalry with No. 23 Michigan State. RANKING: 10 best games in Week 4 The visit by the Sun Devils will be the first big test for the Cardinal, who have been under the radar among national title contenders. ASU amazingly escaped against Wisconsin last week thanks to a major officiating error . It will take more than that to win on The Farm, however. The Irish are facing a Big Ten opponent for the third consecutive week and need a win to build momentum and keep their BCS hopes alive with games against Oklahoma, Arizona State and USC upcoming. The Spartans seem to have settled on sophomore Connor Cook as their quarterback after three games. But he is making his first road start on one of college football’s biggest stages. Elsewhere, there are two big games in the SEC with No. 7 LSU facing unbeaten Auburn and Tennessee traveling to No. 18 Florida.

Among the new entries are Sirens, focused on the antics of Chicago ambulance workers and Playing House, a female buddy comedy. The network is maintaining its ties to hour-long dramas, said McCumber, which often come with comic overtones. So certain are USAs operators of Modern Familys draw that they are putting it on most weeknights for long stretches of time much in the same way Time Warner-owned rival TBS has employed The Big Bang Theory to draw audiences during prime time to create a potential viewer base not only for 11 p.m. talk show Conan but an ongoing slate of original comedies. Modern Family will air five nights a week: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. That represents 22 episodes of the program roughly a seasons worth of shows in a seven-day span.