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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  • toots

    MF has gone downhill.

  • LoopyZach

    Ironsude will grow on its own like Chicago Fire did last year.”

    I don’t think so.
    Got a bad reception, should fall…

  • Fred


    Probably just once a week for X Factor next season (if FOX even renews it), budget is much lower this season thanks to lower salary judges and a grand prize of 1 mil contract instead of the previous 5 mil.

  • Wright

    Really SFN gets a 3.2 while Revolution gets a 1.5? This rating system has to be wrong. Also, I can’t believe that Ironside only premiered at a 1.4.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Criminal Mimes!

    Revolution and SVU aren’t doing too badly (for NBC).

    I thought Ironside was pretty good, though for some reason I kept expecting Maria Bello to poke her head around a corner in the background at any moment.

    Didn’t watch or record anything else.

  • MSR

    ABC pairs the weirdest shows with The Middle and Modern Family. While I don’t like it as much as I did before, Last Man Standing would pair well with Modern Family, and I’m guessing The Goldbergs would be a good fit to go after The Middle. At least they would fit in with the “family” style of the other two series. I’m amazed The Middle has held on as well as it has all this time.

  • Kimberly

    Yeah, see, the American public at-large didn’t realize how terrible SFN would be. Everyone loves Rebel, but last night was even worse than I thought it’d be (I thought critics were exaggerating- they weren’t). I think next week it’ll drop to a 2.5. People will attempt to give it another chance, because they want to like it, but it’s not in it for the long haul.

  • Oliver

    Ironically, NBC were on a roll before Ironside premiered

  • DeadPool

    Having watch the original pilot for SFN and last night’s premiere, I do not understand ABC’s decision. The pilot was funnier and much more entertaining. Last night’s episode was all over the place. I hope the next few episodes are better.

  • Hobbitual

    Sucks for Ironside and Revolution. Wonder how long they’ll last?

  • Justin121

    Good for Modern Family, Super Fun Night, Survivor.

    Bad for NBC.

  • Dan S

    Oh snap, this isn’t good new for Revolution. If it falls any further I’m afraid it’s a goner. Not surprised that Ironside tanked, who needs another old show rebooted ? BITG will continue to fall & can only hope Goldbergs eventually replaces it on Wed.

  • KevinSW

    NBC should consider moving Revolution after Law & Order? Maybe that would work better if it had some sort of lead in to save it from falling apart and maybe stick around the 1.8-1.9, since with Arrow Coming, won’t do it any justice either.

    Ironside is day, save one of the two and move Revolution add something else before Law & Order.

  • bjssp

    Oh yeah, Revolution…

    It’s still doing well for NBC, but only because of how poorly the network was doing last year in the slot. If it gets 1.5 or higher all season, fine, but will it dip lower and lower? I guess my question is what NBC really wants for this show.

    I know Ultima said it repeated on SyFy, but I didn’t see any proof of that. I’m also not when it started on Netflix. NBC could try to run a marathon or something to bring new viewers to the show or at least run ads reminding people it’s on Netflix.

    If it levels off decently, around a 1.5 or so, and NBC insists on keeping Grimm on Fridays, it might make a good fit for that night.

  • Tommy M.

    Since 1.5 seemed to be the fan boys safe rating for Revolution I wonder what they are going to revise that down to after today? Who’s got the popcorn? This is going to be fun!

  • Abby

    Good for Super Fun Night! I really did not expect it to be so good! It’s way better than Back in the Game or Trophy Wife.

  • hammard

    Pretty similar to last week, although if Back In The Game doesn’t stabilise it may soon be gone. Super Fun Night’s premiere is identical to that of The Neighbours (and coming off a smaller Modern Family, not that it really matters). Assuming it doesn’t collapse completely. It will be fine.
    Rock solid night as usual.
    The X-Factor is heading in the wrong direction and it’s more than a whole point down on last year. A worrying trend.
    Revolution: 1 year ago Animal Practice hit a 1.3. Given that this is likely more costly than Justin Kirk and a monkey and Arrow will be opposite soon, the lights are going to be turned off pretty soon.
    Law and Order: SVU: Back to normal ratings. Last week was obviously just an anomaly. Still not going to be cancelled on these figures.
    Ironside: Half a point less than the Chicago Fire premiere. Unless it can grow like the aforementioned show it’s not going to last long at all.

  • Peanuts

    Super Fun Night was ok. It kind of has a Drop Dead Diva/Ally McBeal feel to it. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but i’ll still check it out again next week.

  • Shepherd

    Big surprise for SFN. I can’t see this show dropping any less than 30% next week.

    No surprise on Revolution, the S.2 premier was just bad, bad, bad. Last night’s episode, on the other hand, was easily one of the best in the series so far and could have easily served as the S.2 premier with only a few minor additions. Had they not aired what served as that crappy premier, I think the show would be doing a whole lot better.

    I don’t watch TVD, but am very interested in checking out TO tonight, and seeing how the premier does tomorrow. I just hope people aren’t turned off because of its connection to TVD.

    Ironside did ok considering they already released this episode, but I doubt it had that great of an effect and if we weren’t talking about NBC, I’d say it was DOA. If the ratings improve next week (major long shot), there might be some hope.

    I expect Nashville to be adjusted down at least .1 in the finals. Decent retention from the premier though, I guess people were more willing to DVR its 1/2 hour competition at 10.

  • chloe

    Suburgatory is going to replace bitg

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