TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Super Fun Night' Debuts Strong, 'Revolution' Falls, 'Ironside' Premieres Low, 'Survivor' & 'CSI' Up

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October 3rd, 2013

Super Fun Night Premiere

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/7 2.5/7 2.4/7 1.6/5 1.3/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.4/5 2.0/7 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.590 10.196 7.755 6.343 3.341 1.452

ABC and CBS tied for number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.2 down 12 percent from last week's 2.5. Back in the Game scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 18 percent from last week’s 2.2. Modern Family matched last week’s 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. The series premiere of Super Fun Night notched a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating even with the performance of the first episode of The Neighbors in the timeslot on September 26, 2012. Your predictions were too pessimistic. Nashville earned a 1.9 down 5 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.6  up 8 percent from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from last week's 2.8 rating. CSI garnered a 2.1 up 5 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Revolution notched a series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 20 percent from last week’s 1.8.  Law and Order: SVU earned a 2.0 down 26 percent from a 2.7 for last week’s two hour premiere. The series premiere of Ironside scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating down 26 percent from a 1.9 for the series premiere of Chicago Fire in the timeslot on October 10, 2012 and ranking as NBC’s lowest rated fall drama debut ever. Your predictions were accurate.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.4 down 4 percent from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, an Arrow clip show garnered a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 2, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor 2.6/8 10.05
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.4/7 7.76
ABC The Middle 2.2/7 7.77
NBC Revolution 1.5/5 5.39
CW Arrow - Clip Show 0.5/2 1.75
8:30 ABC Back In The Game 1.8/6 6.59
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.2/12 10.91
CBS Criminal Minds 2.7/7 11.01
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.0/5 6.83
CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? - R 0.4/1 1.13
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night - Series Premiere 3.2/9 8.20
CW Whose Line Is It Anyway - R 0.4/1 1.19
10:00 CBS CSI 2.1/6 9.53
ABC Nashville 1.9/6 6.02
NBC Ironside - Series Premiere 1.4/4 6.81


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Nick

    Revolution is a bit on the boring side. Feels like the same thing every week. Lost interest last year. Don’t see much life in the show.

  • charmedcraft

    MF was hilarious with the evil baby, we do have a lot of superstitions. I remember the story growing up about the ghost of the crying woman that drowned her kids and at night you can hear her calling out to her kids.

    Ironside was good, but it wasn’t different from any other cop show though.

    I didn’t realize Arrow was going to be a clip show.

  • lostboy

    Good-bye & WTF.
    The ratings for Revolution are unexceptable, and I am a fan of the show. The ratings are a slap in the face to the cast and creative genius behind this show. I will not be returning to this website. Very depressing.
    UTD get’s ratings out of this world and is the dumbest show ever.
    I knew Revolutuion would fall after last nights episode. The episode was good, but way to violent and very dark for 7pm CT.
    I will not spend another season watching a sci-fi drama again, especially one that is highly serialized. How can Kripke/JJ together manage to mess up a good idea.
    I love Liz Mitchell but she keeps playing Juliet Burke AKA LOST, and for some reason is drawn to the sci-fi genre.
    Please Liz Mitchell try another genre.
    V got better ratings in it’s Second Season than Revolution. V maintained a 1.8.
    I watched IRONSIDE it was awful. SVU was not that great either.
    Good for C/F. it grew on it’s own. I expected Revolution to at least maintain a manageable 1.8 for the season.
    This is really to bad, S2 much better than S1. The writers only have them selves to blame and who ever casted the part of Charlie.

    Well most of u all were correct Revolution would crash and burn and it did.

    Revolution will not see a S3 and will be lucky if it makes to 22 episodes order this year.
    Well good thing BATB is on the CW. So long farewell. I guess I will come back to NBC when Hannibal returns 2014. What a Sad F###n Day(:

  • HalCapone

    The Revolution is nearing an end. If only every NBC show on every night for the entire year followed an episode of The Voice…

    Super Fun Night was funny and Rebel Wilson has an engaging and likeable personality, not unlike that other more well-known comedic actress of significant girth, Melissa McCarthy. Neither Wilson nor McCarthy is afraid to do physical comedy and both seem perfectly comfortable exploiting their respective heft for yucks. Not a question of whether Super Fun Night will fall in the coming weeks but rather how much. Will mass audiences find her brand of humor funny or off-putting week to week? Pass the cheetos, please.

  • ToXiX

    Glad Nashville didn’t drop lower.

    DVR’d Super Fun Night.

    The drop for Revolution was expected. I DVR’d it too and haven’t watched yet but last week was not good at all.

  • Frank

    Too bad for Revolution. Season 2 has been really good so far, better than last season. Oh well, if it drops any lower than a 1.5 it will likely be canceled, if it can maintain a 1.5 for the rest of the season there is a chance it could be renewed, it really depends on how well the rest of NBC’s new shows do – if a lot of there new shows end up in the low 1’s the chances for Revolutions renewal will be greater. I just hope the writers are writing season 2 as if it might be the last season so in case it is cancelled they can end it with some sense of closure rather then a cliffhanger.

  • theseboardssuck

    I was a sceptic of BITG when I first read about it. I must admit after actually taking the time to watch it, it’s pretty funny. I have laughed more at it than B99.

  • a p garcia

    really though Arrow had it premiere last night and was quite surprised it was a clip show. Was not surprised SFN did that well. Am surprised that RVN and Ironside were that low.

  • Bella Bellini

    I didn’t really care about Revolution last season. The show wasn’t what I hoped it would be based on the trailers & promo.

    But Kripke & Edlund have fixed all that and Revolution is finally the show it was meant to be. It’s darker, the characters have improved, even Charlie is better!

    But it might be too late because the first season was a mess. You have to grab the audience right away, especially with a genre show. I hope NBC gives the writers a chance to wrap things up. I hate shows like this ending on a cliffhanger

  • Nasir

    Yeah Survivor! Winning the hour!!! Last night was really good. Hopefully it continues to rise!

  • POIFanatic

    @Tommy. M: The thing is, season 1 was very uneven. Had its moments of greatness and had lots to groan about. But season 2 has been genuinely great. This episode was one of the finest episodes on any show this year and yet the rating tumbles. I admit that its dark this season and the adventure rides are gone, but that’s how it should be done. How can swine like Under the Dome have such huge ratings while good shows die! Nielson viewers are killing shows.

  • PurpleDrazi

    @Old Man

    “I think the real problem is they’ve abandened the “Highway to Heaven,” “Little House on the Prarie,” “Touched by an Angel” type shows & have left a big chunck of the population “wanting.”

    I think CBS tried last year with A Gifted Man and it failed miserably.

  • HalCapone

    NBC’s new found woes this week might continue tonight with their entire line-up down significantly from last Thursday. Tonight is the season premier of powerhouse, Scandal so it should easily win its time slot. Bang will rule the early hour and that might lead to decent tune in for The Millers, at least for its premier episode. Not sure how Crazy will fare although some drop is inevitable. MJ Fox could take a huge hit from last week’s rather anemic debut, too. His show didn’t appear to be that well-received by many viewers, witnessed by a large number of less than flattering comments and the soft ratings.

  • Tommy M.

    @ POIFanatic, Last night’s episode may very well have been the best episode ever, but how would the audience know that in advance? It’s very rare for a serialized show to bounce back once the audience has abandoned it. Bella Bellini is right that a show like it needs to capture it’s audience right away, which Revolution did, but it lost that audience and the odds are against it that they will return.

  • Melanie

    Poor Revolution tanking to a 1.5 so soon – its very frustrating because all the elements are there for a good compelling story, but they’re drowning in a morass of poor plotting and bad characters. Am I the only one who wishes Aaron had really died? What a waste of Stephen Collins. All the characters in separate places just emphasises the fact I don’t give a crap what happens to any of them. Except maybe Miles and Monroe but last season the writers made both of them so completely unlikable that I’m not even sure that I do care.
    Sorry – I don’t mean for this to be a fannish rant.

    If its an improvement on the timeslot, I suppose that is some solace to NBC, but they have to be disappointed. I agree with others who suggest that Ironsides (pretty awful) is more of an 8PM show than Revolution. At any rate, there’s certanly room for Arrow next week at 8.

    I can’t believe how many people still watch Surviver.


    Simon cowell if u wants buzz and huge promo he goes back to idol with Paula and randy for a one season reunion. X factor would premiere in late June to late September. Great part is idol would not have the looming finish of x factor, theres breathing room. Make it low cost and fun, it would do extremely Well.

  • Matt

    Wow… Really good for ABC Wednesday! Modern family was steady, so was Nashville and The Middle. Great debut for Super Fun Night. Predict it will fall to a 2.6 next week then settle in the 2.5 area.

  • gerry

    @ kevin, there is no chance, barring something catastrophic, that CW will not renew arrow this year. i cannot wait for next wed for that and tomorrow people. that’s a super fun night.

    what’s not super fun is the washed down version of rebel wilson. i still thought it was ok, but but was just ok. certainly not great but i’m game to see it again. they should move it though, it doesn’t fit with MF (trophy wife should go there) and seems like it would be more of a fit with the demo watching shield..

    since abc’s new dramas are taking nosedives, nashville is fine. i could see them tossing it somewhere else on the schedule, but the high 1’s/low 2’s should see it through the season.

    speaking of nosedives… revolution…. and i don’t know as ironside can be described as DOA, but it will be dead next week for sure.

    fine enough night on the snoozefest that is cbs wednesday.

  • James

    Revolution was renewed for a full season. I guess NBC will stick with it till May, but seeing a 1.5 early is not a good sign.

    Also Ironside will be replaced by Chicago PD in spring.

  • Bat

    Super fun night was actually funny. I don’t see anything forced, it all depends on people’s sense of humor. This going to be a hit show, due to a lot of young women can relate to the main three gals.

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