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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  • grey

    “Revolution” 1.8? Oh snap.

  • CBSviewer

    Why is CSI viewership so low. Hopefully it will bounce back next week.

  • bjssp


    What are the production costs for “Revolution”?

  • Shepherd

    Wow at SVU!

    No surprise that Nashville did well not going up against CF either. 2.1 is pretty deent, but it will need to stay fairly steady if it wants to see a S.3

  • ruckfules55

    Wow at the ratings! I was hoping against hope for that 1.8 for Revolution, but a 2.7 for SVU? For people who watched it, is it true that Benson had a rape scene of sorts? So much for fan-baiting. Still, nice NBC. Maybe they should have launched Ironside tonight if SVU had this gimmick.

    MF finally slowing down? Or could have NBC’s SVU gimmick just dented it for this week? Not sure since CM was kind of stable. As for The Middle, I was expecting it to win its half-hour. Revolution effect? Looks like Survivor got bitten too. Haha.

    Nashville still disappoints. But Back in the Game decent. So unless it collapses in the following weeks, it looks Trophy Wife will not get moved to its slot. I just hope Super Fun Night bombs so that TW gets its due chance with the MF lead-in.

    I had hoped that X-Factor will be more dead than ever. Let’s see next week if it’s a blip.

    Hoping that Revolution stays steady for the whole season. Moral victory for NBC!

  • Joe Daniels

    @KJ, Yep, huge fall for MF, – so huge that it’s STILL the number one TV on Wednesdays. ABC could care less, if no other show beat it, it’s still doing it’s job.

  • Tommy M.

    Nailed my Revolution ratings guess!

  • Billy

    Modern Family has been in severe ratings decline since the middle of last season. It went from a 5.5 season premiere last season to a 4.1 this season. That is a big drop.

  • John P

    Thats about as solid as I was expecting from Revolution, NBC is looking like a much stronger network this season

  • janus

    Solid for Revolution–has decent shot at renewal if it holds up reasonably well.

  • Sam

    @ Dante While it is true that CF got those great numbers because of TV, it did fine without it last year when no one thought it would. Revolution, on the other hand, had huge hype and a great lead-in last year but this season it has to stand on its own two feet and had a pretty bad start.

    I like Revolution but it seems to me like CF grew and seems to have a stable audience while Revolution is in trouble. I also think the latter is waaaaayyyy more expensive to produce.

  • Mark Wilkins

    It’s great to see SVU with those ratings, too bad CM is below 3.0 though. MF is still above 4 which is good seeing is how most of the other shows were down.

  • Sarah

    X Factor :(

  • akhil

    Hope the Crime Broadcasting System (CBS) will continue to bite the dust. Nothing new from them. Crappy shows, same plots and crazy psychotic killers.

    CF >> Revolution, no wonder it got the slot after Voice.

    Happy for ABC :) Keep up the good show MF ! Waiting for Super Fun Night to start pepping it up for ABC !

  • Sarah

    I thought Revolution’s season premiere would get the same numbers like the season 1 premiere (2,0). I was too optimistic there. Now things will get really interesting when Arrow returns in 2 weeks because there might be a potential audience overlap with those 2 shows.

  • cimmer

    I was expecting better for the premier of Revolution (just a 2.2) and then figured it would drop but a 1.8 does not look good since shows usually drop from premiers. I suspect Revolution will be seeing new lows this season (if it even makes a full season).

    I don’t watch the show, but I never realized how old Criminal Minds skews. SVU still holding up after all these years.

  • Sarah

    “I thought Revolution’s season premiere would get the same numbers like the season 1 premiere (2,0). I was too optimistic there. Now things will get really interesting when Arrow returns in 2 weeks because there might be a potential audience overlap with those 2 shows.”

    Oops, I meant the season 1 finale. Sorry about that.

  • KJ

    @Joe: not for long, 5.5 premiere last year, 4.1 this year, next year it’ll be below a 3. The whole night will crumble

  • Jonny

    I think The X Factor is going to sink or swim based on the strength of the “4 Musical Chairs” format they have next week, though these numbers are encouraging.

    The format is the same as the UK version is using for this years bootcamp phase and was trailed last week in preparation for it airing this weekend. It looks like a great source of drama and the boost the programme needs. Next weeks figures will be particularly interesting, especially if it proves successful and word of mouth helps it take off a little (the round lasts 2 weeks, or 4 episodes).

  • ReallyTired

    L&O SVU ruled 10pm. A little shocked.

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