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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  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I think NBC should switch Revolution and Ironside’s time slots. If things get too ugly with Ironside, they can just air Dateline specials there. Have a special premier for Chicago PD after the Voice on Tuesday and then move it to Chicago Fire’s old slot the next day.

  • Russell

    Survivor, Criminal Minds and CSI – consistent – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

    The X Factor is doing okay but it will never be a hit. Fox should be content for now but should look into other programming for next season.

    NBC: Dead night – Revolution has to move to another night, maybe, Friday at 10:00 after Dracula flops. Law & Order: SVU should be its’ last season (last week’s ratings were good because it was a special 2 hour episode.)

    ABC: Has some problems: at 8:00 The Middle is good, Back In The Game at 8:30 should be replaced, Modern Family at 9:00 is good but Super Fun Night at 9:30 is going to fall each week. It’s not very good and should be cancelled. Nashville will never be a hit, It must be very expensive to produce and being third in viewers and second in demo at 1.9 is not very good. Nashville like Revenge should never have been renewed.

  • Riley

    Yikes, the middle is low

  • Steve

    Wow. Ratings down almost 10% in raw viewers (and 14% in the 18-49)from last year for Modern Family. Guess a show has to be funny in order for it to get a boost in syndication.

  • Riley

    ABC should swap castle and nashville.

  • anna g

    Ouch for Revolution – it seems like this show is dead. SUV is down from last week and Ironside is DoA – NBC has a bad night. CBS and ABC look pretty decent.

  • Nathan

    I hope CSI hangs in there this season. If it gets a fifteenth season, it may be its final. And Grissom had better come back!!!

  • alffan

    NBC should flip Revolution and Ironside. The latter targets an older demo who will watch at 8pm and Revolution might do better back at 10pm.

  • NJ Viewer

    I stopped watching Revolution after seeing a couple of episodes last year. I like that genre of show, but for some reason, it just didn’t hold my interest.

    I thought Super Fun Night was going to suck, but it was actually pretty good.

  • Feedback

    What does “2,.1/6″ mean??

    Is that a 2.0, and a sixth of a 0.1 share???

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed Super Fun Night and my other three ABC comedies last night (watched a couple of them today). Glad they’re doing okay or well. I’ll stream RVN later.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    On the next CRIMINAL MIMES….

    Detective: Can you describe your attacker?
    Victim: White. Wearing a striped sweater.
    Detective: What did he want?
    Victim: HE DIDN’T SAY!!!

    CRIMINAL MIMES. CBS Thursday, this summer.

    And they’re moving BAU headquarters to Paris.

    Not to be outdone, the Field & Stream Network will be debuting its new show: “Touched By An Angler.”

  • HalCapone

    The Touched By An Angel, Highway to Heaven, Little House On The Prairie ship has sailed on the broadcast networks, I’m afraid. Basic cable channels like Hallmark and Lifetime have mostly filled that void. Unless any of the aforementioned can be re-worked with obnoxious, potty mouth, highly sexualized children, vampires, zombies and/or a ton of blood splattering violence, the coveted 18-49 demo will probably take a pass.

  • bluejoni

    I actually forgot Revolution was on last night because for me that time slot BELONGS to Survivor ( which I’m glad to see doing better ) !!! Move Revolution or lose it because it’s not working at 8 on Wed ( I’ll catch it on On Demand )

  • Anthony

    Does anyone have the half hours for Revolution?

  • JSunkist

    Ouch BITG – I’m enjoying this series

  • Dinaminjo

    I’m wandering what is the biggest drop of all time prom premiere to ep 2..

    I think SFN will beat it!

  • HV

    ABC is going to pick up SFN for a full season, and cancel one of The Golbergs, Trophy Wife, BITG, or The Neighbors before the end of October, and it will be replaced by Suburgatory. in February/March, ABC will put a drama in at Tuesday at 9:00, and if Suburgatory is there move it to Friday at 8:30. Mixology will fill the remaining empty slot, which will be 8:30 on either wednesday or friday.

  • JJF

    Had a feeling SFN would have a strong sampling in the demo. But those numbers aren’t particularly epic. It’ll probably be headed for the HE and DTTBIA23 fate.

  • Networkman

    FOX: X-Factor is steady. It is holding up well now.

    NBC: It is interesting that Ironside maintained the viewers from SVU but its demo is so low. SVU is on an island to itself. After 15 seasons and it is still NBC’s strongest drama on Wednesday night. That is not good for the network.

    CBS: Nice seeing CSI rise in the ratings. I think it will be steady going against poor competition. Definitely can see one more season, even though I feel it should be moved to Friday.

    ABC: Nashville didn’t drop to low from its season premiere. We will see next week how it holds up when Super Fun Night drops.

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