Favorite TV Show of the Rich Is ...

Modern Family, by a lot

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 19, 2011 1:15 PM CST

(Newser) – The Vulture blog of New York magazine finds that ABC's Modern Family is the favorite of well-to-do TV fans. It not only has the highest median income ($83,000) of viewers in the 18-49 range, it boasts by far the highest number of viewers who pull in at least $100,000 a year. It gets a 13.6 rating among that camp, with Two and a Half Men a distant second at 9.0.

Why Modern Family? Mogulite figures it helps that the three families in the sitcom aren't hurting for money. All three households have a breadwinner and a stay-at-home parent, "a luxury afforded only by high earners," notes Amy Tennery. The families take nice vacations, worry about things like ritzy preschools, and generally "exist in an oddly recession-free world." All of which calls to mind the show that does worst in the ratings among the rich: Cops.

In this publicity image released by ABC, Eric Stonestreet, left, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are shown in a scene from Modern Family.
In this publicity image released by ABC, Eric Stonestreet, left, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are shown in a scene from "Modern Family."   (AP Photo/ABC, Mitch Haddad)
In this publicity image released by ABC, Ty Burrell, who portrays Phil Dunphy, is shown with the Apple iPad in a scene from Modern Family.
In this publicity image released by ABC, Ty Burrell, who portrays Phil Dunphy, is shown with the Apple iPad in a scene from "Modern Family."   (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless)
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