TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘Revolution’ Season Premiere Matches Low, ‘SVU’ Premiere Up, ‘The X Factor’ Rises + ‘Back in the Game’ Off to OK Start


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.5/7 2.4/7 2.4/7 1.4/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.9/7 1.4/5 2.0/7 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.797 7.606 9.888 8.597 3.450 0.906

ABC was the number one network in adults 18-49  while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, the season premiere of The Middle earned a 2.4, down half a ratings point from last year’s 2.9 hour-long season premiere rating. The premiere of Back in the Game earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, making it the lowest-rated fall comedy premiere on ABC since 2009. The one-hour premiere of Modern Family earned a 4.1, down sharply from from last year’s 5.5 premiere adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Nashville notched a 2.1, down seven tenths from last year’s 2.8 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On CBS, Survivor scored a series low 2.3, down three tenths from last week’s 2.6 premiere adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Criminal Minds earned a 2.8, down three tenths from last year’s 3.1 premiere rating. The season premiere of CSI earned a 2.1, down four tenths from last year’s 2.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On NBC, the second season premiere of  Revolution notched a series low-matching 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, a far cry from the 4.1 adults 18-49 rating its season one premiere earned, and down two tenths from the 2.0 adults 18-49 rating last year’s finale earned. Your predictions were too optimistic. The two hour premiere of Law and Order: SVU earned a 2.7, up six tenths from last year’s 2.1 premiere rating.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.5, up three tenths from last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, the season finale of Capture earned a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last week’s 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 25, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.5 7 7.61
ABC The Middle -P 2.4 8 8.76
CBS Survivor Blood vs Water 2.3 7 9.41
NBC Revolution -P 1.8 6 6.80
CW Arrow -R 0.3 1 1.18
8:30PM ABC Back in the Game -P 2.2 7 7.88
9:00PM ABC Modern Family (9-10PM) -P 4.1 11 11.45
CBS Criminal Minds -P 2.8 8 11.29
NBC Law and Order: SVU (9-11PM) -P 2.7 7 9.50
CW Capture 0.2 1 0.63
10:00PM CBS CSI -P 2.1 6 8.96
ABC Nashville -P 2.1 6 6.62

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:
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