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

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September 26th, 2013


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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  • Dante

    And I was right.

    I said just yesterday that NBC is no longer the weak network it was and shows would need to perform better than in year’s past to be renewed and that is looking like the case.

    Revolution returns with fantastic numbers (no lead-in at all). SVU, as long in the tooth as it is, does even more fantastic numbers.

    With The Blacklist, Revolution, and SVU… I am afraid Chicago Fire fans have BIG reasons to worry. That lowly 1.6-2.0 the show is going to pull soon enough is not going to be strong enough to get the show renewed. Not with this new vibrant NBC.

    Watch Ironside and Parenthood premiere well too.

    All of this actually makes Chicago Fire look weak as heck considering how much it lost from The Voice. I love it.

    NBC winners so far: The Voice, The Blacklist, Revolution, SVU
    NBC losers so far: Chicago Fire

    Can’t wait to see what happens tonight!



  • Brandon

    No real surprise on the Revolution front. That’s a dead show walking.

    Wednesday fairly weak across the board, it seems.

  • Luke

    The 2nd episode of “Modern Family” was much funnier than the 1st one.

  • Doug

    Fox must be relieved that X Factor at least didn’t sink any further…

  • CBSviewer

    Good CSI is up from last year finale :)

  • Glue

    Haha Revolution, bad show lol. Sucks for the middle, that’s a good show. I liked Back In The Game. It was really nice.

  • j

    Boo, I wanted X Factor to sink further.

  • Brandon


    …you think a 1.8 in the demo is “fantastic” for Revolution?

  • Dillan

    Yay go X Factor! :D

  • Andy

    CBS is just getting their ass kicked this week. Nice to see for a change.

  • r0ckmypants

    Is that great for Revolution? No, but 1.8 is the best number that Wednesday 8:00 timeslot has had in almost 2 years.

    I honestly can’t believe the huge numbers for Law & Order: SVU. It murdered the 10:00 hour.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Maybe X Factor isn’t quite as dead as people suspected… Tonight’s numbers will be interesting!

    It’s certainly a better show this year!

  • CrimTV

    Revolution did fine, matching a low that it was able to achieve with the huge ‘Voice’ lead-in. The coming weeks will show us whether it will get a 3rd season or not.

  • Joe Daniels

    I’m guessing MODERN FAMILY’s ratings are…

    1st episode: 12.35 million (4.2/13)
    2nd episode: 12.55 million (4.3/13)

  • Dodge Hickey

    I hope Back in the Game builds from that 2.2, I enjoyed it a lot.

  • reallyamerica


    You do realize that if Chicago Fire gets cancelled, Chicago PD will get renewed with the same cast and crew. NBC will not cancel two Dick Wolf shows in the same season. Are we going to have to endure the same rant filled messages for that show?

  • skye

    lol Dante, you’re so pathetic. CF was NBC’s #1 drama last year, not Revolution. And the numbers this year prove it

  • erwanfromfrance

    Happy for The X-Factor! Take that f***ing haters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy abot Revolution, match a DECENT 1.8 without The Voice is great !

  • bjssp

    That’s not all that bad for Revolution…if it holds. It’s up considerably from what the time slot was seeing last year and in line with the show’s lows last year. Higher is always better, but if this holds (and that’s a big if), NBC will probably be happy.

    I’m still kind of stunned, though, that the network didn’t try to repeat the show over the summer. I know they supposedly can only run repeats a certain number of times, but to not do it at all seems strange. Like with Parenthood, the network isn’t giving the show a chance to gain new viewers. A marathon of all episodes might be a good idea later in the season.

    As far as SVU goes, that’s a pretty solid increase. Coming close to beating CM and beating CSI is a big feat for the show, considering how weak it was last season. Supposedly, Ironside is pretty good, despite being very ordinary in its premise, so if SVU keeps up decent ratings for next week and especially after, NBC might be in very, very good shape on the night, no matter what happens with Revolution.

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