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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  • a p garcia

    My prediction for RVN was 0.4 too high. Though the season finale was 2.2, had I known that I would have lowered my expectation. Figured TM would do better and glad XF was steady.

  • Tommy M.

    @ bjssp
    “As far as NBC, they could have run it over the summer at some point. They had opportunities to do so.”

    NBC also isn’t running catch up repeats of any of their other shows during the summer, with the exception of the occasional random repeat here and there, so why should they do it with Revolution? Your argument could be applied to any returning NBC show not named The Voice, or Sunday Football.

  • Igwell

    Don’t be silly, bjssp. Nobody’s thrilled with 4th place.

  • Paullo Mendonça

    Nashville was low if you compare with the season one premiere but if you compare with the season finale was up because this is was the numbers from the season finale: 1.9/9 – 6.02 views is that a good thing right?!

  • Kyle

    Just as i anticipated. Revolution will become the new SMASH.

  • Gary

    “Back in the Game” is the funniest new comedy I’ve seen so far this season :) James Caan is hilarious!

  • janus

    NBC’s average will go down and Revolution’s 1.8 is solid. No way SVU stays up at all and Thursday shows have no Voice pump up. If Revolution maintains most of its ratings it will likely edge out a renewal.

  • Melanie P.

    Thought SVU was great and looking forward to Ironside next week!

  • Blue Sunflower

    So CM isn’t going to recover from its post Winter drop last year. The premiere only managed near finale ratings. Ratongs after the premiere tend to gp down, not up. We’ll definitely see single digits this spring, although I won’t be surprised if we see them starting in the fall.

    Pretty sad to see a show that’s even tireder than CM be a serious threat to it. Most comments I saw state people are now giving SVU the live watch, and DVRing CM. That doesn’t bode well for CM’s future or its ability to keep high enough ad revenue to keep justifying the show’s cost – especially the new salaries for four of the actors.

  • Dan

    I don’t know why people think the Tuesday comedies will survive. First off SHIELD is a better lead in than DWTS Results. Second while there is NCIS LA, and Voice competition, my guess is at least one of them will get a full season.

    I’m not sure why ABC put those two comedies on Tuesdays, Goldbergs is clearly a better fit paired with The Middle and Trophy Wife seems very compatible airing after Modern Family. Super Fun Night seems like a waste of that timeslot.

  • Dorothy5334

    Anthony Parello (AP076)
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM
    Ultima or anyone else.

    Off topic question.
    Is there an easy way to find out how far into production a TV series is.
    Is IMDB useful for this?
    I go there and look up a show and look at the episode credits for cast and creators but that seems inconsistent.

    Thanks in advance.

    Actually a lot of times the castnembers tweet when they are done with a particular episode.. Ian somerhalder does that for vampire diaries.. That’s how I know when the are done with a set if episodes or are on break or hiatus..

  • Networkman

    WOW! Wednesday nights are competitive. Who would of expected X-Factor to increase three tenths going against the season premieres on the other networks?

    NBC: Law & Order: SVU was intense. I have to give Mariska respect for that episode. She really deserves some type of recognition. In my book, she is a front runner for at least a nomination for best actress for next year’s Emmys. Anyways, if the show continues great episode like this and its rating remain close to Criminal Minds, we may actually see a 16th season. It may be capable of continually beating CSI, if NBC ever wanted to switch it to 10pm.

    CBS: As I stated yesterday, the network dramas are beginning to show their age. I feel the network played it really safe. It is time to move Survivor to Sunday. And CSI most likely will be on the move to either Friday or Sunday for 1 more season.

    ABC: If Nashville is only capable of producing these numbers airing after Modern Family. It is going to be a long slow death airing out of Super Fun Night. Maybe having SVU in the 10pm hour effected Nashville. But one would think this drama would be great counter programming against those on NBC and CBS.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Wow, 1.8 for Rev? This is an even faster decent into bear territory than I had expected. That was before people saw the plot holes on parade in this first episode. No guns (not even the smooth-bore rifles), no defenders, everything looked fairly new not 16 years old, but at least the shooting was not rushed so the actors had the chance to show they can actually act (yes, even Tracy).

    It was sad that they had to invalidate Season 1 entirely in the first 30 seconds of Season 2. Especially when they had to fake it so badly, rewinding the missile tracks that were clearly displayed last season as being at the end of their path, but suddenly being only 1/3 of it at the start of this season.

    Finally, it can all be summed up with Miles sprinting into the cornfield instead of taking the horse, then forgetting he is a *master* tracker. He gave up on the abducted woman so thoroughly he did not even report it!

    If this is the new level of writing (which Kripke promised during the Summer), it sure stinks like the old one. Since Kripke wrote this himself, he has no one else to blame for next week’s 1.5.

  • NCJeff

    Seems down across the board. Where have all the viewers gone?

  • Brad

    I really liked Back in the Game. I laughed at that show more than any of the other new shows I watched premiere this week.

  • POIFanatic

    @A p Garcia: The finale had 1.9 or 2 rating and had The Voice as a lead-in.

    @Chris: What exactly did they invalidate? This was such a great job at covering their mistakes of season 1 and developing characters consistently with their actions from season 1 having an impact and not pushed under the rug.

    Miles isn’t a ‘master tracker’ and you’d know that if you actually followed the show. He reported it indirectly when he implied at what would happen to the men and women if the war clans get through their defenses.

    Rewinding to just a few seconds before to the last thing that happened during the previous season isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. Do you even watch tv shows regularly?

    This episode was acclaimed by most of the critics, even those who hate the show. So, Kripke is right back on track.

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