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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  • Oliver

    That’s very solid for Revolution.

    Anyone watch it? Has the show improved creatively since last season?

  • Potato

    Well, revolution’s no “smash,” but it is probably a bubble show.

  • JIames

    Back in the Game was awful. Just bad. Expect they’ll be below 2.0 next week.

  • Kate

    Personally I thought last night’s episode of Revolution was incredible. All the issues I had with it last season seem to have really been sorted. Too bad that it might be too late to save the show.

  • Sierra

    I guess syndication did nothing for Modern Family. Huge fall from last year

  • dante is a bully

    Dante on tvbythenumbers is disgusting!

  • Randy

    Survivor was kind of boring.

  • CrimTV


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

    Um no, Revolution finished 14th in the 18-49 rankings last season, Chicago Fire finished 57th.

  • Shepherd

    I guessed a little higher for Revolution, but a 1.8 is no surprise. I’m sure the lack of TV lead in hurt, but airing at 8 couldn’t have helped much either. I can’t believe I didn’t list this as one of my picks for doomed sophomore shows! While the numbers wouldn’t be terrible for NBC if they held steady, the production costs have to be working against the show.

  • Dan S

    We’ll that just blows for Revolution. It was actually quite good last night with a shocker ending. Hopefully audiences will rediscover this show & more people tune in live next week. I refuse to believe this show will follow the same path as the terrible Smash which did deserve to die.

  • Oliver


    Chicago Fire was NBC’s #3 drama after Parenthood and Revolution.

  • Bee

    blahhh 2.1 is decent for nashville. was hoping for much better since it was the premiere and had a MF lead-in, but damn it. looks like this huge SVU premiere (wtf?!) hurt it.

  • Roy

    Dude was talking out of his ass anyway, a 1.8 is not good.

  • KJ

    ABC’s wednesday lineup starting to crumble, MF with a huge fall, and The Middle collapsed. Bring back reality stuff ABC!

  • NycJoe

    SVU!!!!!!!!! You GO Mariska!

  • Brandon

    A 1.8 is bad for Revolution mostly because of production costs.

    And the odds that it holds a 1.8 in the weeks to come are pretty slim. I’d get what you can out of the show while it is still around.

  • Diego

    Strong ratings for SVU, ahm?!

  • rob60990

    And any doubt I had about Dante being Msx is now gone.

    Lmao at Nashville. Hyped for weeks and a great lead in and it couldnt beat SVU.

  • bjssp

    This is obviously getting way too ahead of myself and the network’s prospects, but NBC still has a bunch of shows that have yet to premiere. It might still even order more, like Krysten Ritter’s comedy or something from Roseanne Barr. Some of them, like Hannibal, could easily be shifted into the summer, but not all of them will be. We might be looking at a situation where NBC doesn’t have enough slots for its shows, if these ratings keep up.

  • r0ckmypants

    @bjssp – SVU didn’t actually come close to beating Criminal Minds. At 9:00, it averaged about 2.5 while Criminal Minds averaged 2.8.

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