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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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • rgxx

    I am all messed up – how did I forget CSI was on last night?!?

  • rgxx

    Revolution is on tooo early – we are in central time – 7pm for that kind of show doesn’t work… lost 1/3 of the viewers because of the time change.

  • rgxx

    As long as Revolution stays ahead of Ironside – it will get thru the year. But unless NBC puts it on another night at 10/9 central it will not make it to season 3.

  • Ryan

    “Revolution is on tooo early – we are in central time – 7pm for that kind of show doesn’t work… lost 1/3 of the viewers because of the time change”

    I want that square on the bingo card!

  • Networkman

    I really like Blair Underwood. He is such a strong actor. And he is appealing. Unfortunately, the case on Ironside was not. And his supporting cast are weak. But I love when the show focused more on his past and how he found himself in the wheelchair.

  • Benjamin

    Saw a report that NBC will air a 2 hour The Voice on October 8 and delay The Biggest Loser a week. If they think there is room for The Voice in the Tuesday 8PM slot, they could move Chicago Fire to 9PM to grow it and give a Wednesday or Thursday show another chance in the Tuesday 10PM slot.

    So, Biggest Loser? Wednesday or Thursday at 8PM? Wednesday plugs a hole. Thursday can help the Michael J God Show.

  • HalCapone

    NBC ahould become NBV, Nothing But Voice

  • Stu

    No Fan Bingo Excuse here for Revolution.
    Thought the last 2 episodes were great. Revolution totally alienated viewers last season, with the Danny arc episodes then killing him after taking a 4 month hiatus. Charlie was a total miscast she is way to old for that part.
    I really loved the premise of Revolution, for some reason it did not deliver in S1. Revolution is dead and I dont think the nanonites will save it like they did Arron.
    I will stick out the run with Revolution, I hope the writers have time to give the show, and it’s last remaining fans a proper ending. I am really surprised I thought Revolution could compete in that time slot against a couple of Reality Shows. Man I was wrong. I wonder if people switched stations after we found out about Titus, and his penchant for choir boys. I thought self now they have lost a couple of million viewers, I was hoping Miles was going to kill the bastard right then. I live in the Midwest, way to early for an episode of Criminal Minds. Just when I thought Revolution had turned a page ( they went really dark, guess the lights are really out for this show). Her is hoping Miles gives that evil Titus the Sword and quick.

  • HalCapone

    Why did NBC cripple a good actor like Blair Underwood with a stinker show from before time and confine him to a wheelchair?!

  • jane

    All shows premiere well after Modern Family and most of those shows have been canceled.


    @ Purple Drazi
    @ Hal Capone

    Thanks for the input on my Highway to Heaven theory. I don’t think AGM is a fair comparison since it was on Fri & didn’t get its stride until the end. Cable filling the void is a fair point, but are there series? My feedback is there are plenty of movies.

    But hey, you guys have the youth vote, so ‘Nuff said!

  • jr YOU WING

    X Factor is DONE. These ratings are not what Fox is looking for. Why do people here think these ratings are good? The 2.4 rating is useless. It’s the TOTAL viewerships that drive BIG hit shows NOT the 18-49 no matter what you are told. X-Factor USA will NEVER see a 4th season in the USA UNLESS the CW grabs it.

  • Igwell

    Could someone please explain to me the love to hate attitude so many have towards NBC. NBC ruled the 80?s and 90?s. It seems as though in the 2000?s, people for whatever reason have a total disdain for NBC shows.

    Sinking ratings and numerous public-relations mistakes have turned NBC into a punchline.

  • AriesMatt

    I watched the pilot of Ironside a couple of weeks back and thought it was really good. Maybe people are just getting tired of cop shows?

    SO WANT Nashville to do better, as it is one of my favorite shows airing on broadcast right now. It deserves better ratings.

  • PurpleDrazi

    @The Old Man

    But hey, you guys have the youth vote, so ‘Nuff said!

    Fat lot of good that does me. Most of the shows I like don’t fare so well. If I ever get a Nielson box you’ll know it though when you see a sudden surge in viewership for Masterpiece Mystery.

  • Joe

    Law and Order: SVU is not the same anymore. The show’s rating have plummeted but it’s still fair to say. Years ago SVU managed to pull in highs of almost 20 million viewers and now the shows ratings are almost have of that. The show currently averages 8.66 million viewers which is fair but not grand, as CBS pulls in more than 20 million viewers a week, like The Big Bang Theory, in which it’s season premiere was two episodes. The first pulling in 18.99 million viewers and the second screening broke a series record with 20.44 million viewers beating the previous record of 20 million viewers. NBC shows are not what they used to be. Like Friends which ended almost 10 years ago on NBC, would average over 25 million viewers a week, beating CBS. Can we learn something from failing NBC shows?

  • Dorothy5334

    jr YOU WING
    X Factor is DONE. These ratings are not what Fox is looking for. Why do people here think these ratings are good? The 2.4 rating is useless. It’s the TOTAL viewerships that drive BIG hit shows NOT the 18-49 no matter what you are told. X-Factor USA will NEVER see a 4th season in the USA UNLESS the CW grabs it.

    Interesting. Here I’ve been thinking that shows have been getting cancelled based on their inability to get the 18-49 to watch.. I wonder why they cancelled Vegas and lots of the other shows that had a lot of overall viewership.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Revolution is going to see another large hit next week due to little things like the 6+ plot holes in this episode. The best are:
    Nanites rebuilt dead brain cells but not Aaron’s knee.
    Summoning the town militia after the initial attack even though they knew it was coming. Horses, barn, door.
    Guards have guns when convenient (shooting prisoners), and do not when inconvenient (defending themselves).

    There is no one associated with this show with a clear idea of what they are doing. It looks like it is being made up during shooting, which is the reason for all the plot holes (many more than in season one).

    Kripke has promised from day one to have explanations for everything, but having Aaron mock how magical the nanites are, is not an explanation. In case anyone is still counting, the nanites just gained the ability to clone/rebuild the dead. Aaron’s brain was oxygen starved for 2.5 hours, and that is massive brain damage. If they can fix that, they can fix anything (except this show).

  • Eric_Philly

    Splitting hairs and irrelevant after the adjustment anyway… BUT Revolution was down 17% in the preliminary numbers; 11% in the finals.

  • Networkman

    I feel Ironside would of opened much stronger if NBC would of aired it last week. Law & Order:SVU should of done a two partner. Instead of airing 2 hours, the second part should of came on this past Wednesday. The season premiere of SVU was very much anticipated. It got high 2’s in the demo, so more people could of stuck around to watch Ironside. It could of reached at least 2.0 for its series premiere. And then a lot of viewers would of returned this past Wednesday to watch the second part of the intense episode showcasing Mariska. So that would of been at least two week with above normal ratings.

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