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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  • Tommy M.

    BTW it was just a coincidence that I posted my comment right after bjssp, it’s not directed specifically at him/her(?)!

  • jupiter3765

    super fun night

  • r0ckmypants

    That’s much better than I thought Super Fun Night would do. I actually liked it more than I thought I would as well.

    Ironside never should have been picked up. It was horrible: an unnecessary remake that wasn’t even done well. I don’t see it being able to grow the way Chicago Fire did (which debuted a half-point higher and grew out of its SVU lead-in last year).

    Nashville is only down 0.1 from the comparable week last fall. I wish it was higher, but I can’t imagine ABC was expecting much more than what it’s doing.

  • ALex

    Revolution is meh it would do fine on after SUV or maybe on Tuesdays (they should do The Voice at 8, Chicago Fire at 9 and Rev at 10)

  • Justin121

    Agree with whoever said

    Middle – Goldbergs – Modern Family – Trophy Wife

    should’ve been ABC Wednesday.

    Now, neither Wednesday NOR Tuesday are going to work.

    Early prediction: Goldbergs & SFN renewed, Trophy & Game cancelled.

  • Peanuts


    Where can I see the original pilot for Super Fun Night?

  • Tommy M.

    @ bjssp
    I know Ultima said it repeated on SyFy, but I didn’t see any proof of that.

    I guess it didn’t happen because you didn’t see it?

  • johnhelvete

    Revolution had a marathon on the SyFy channel before the season 2 premiere. Dont think they played the complete first season though.

  • KJ

    Survivor back in the lead, like it should be.

  • Kel

    Revolution has been AMAZING this season. Why the low ratings?

  • jupiter3765


  • hammard

    According to Metacritic Chicago Fire had 49% positive ratings from critics whilst Ironside had 43%, that’s a pretty similar level critical opinion.
    I’m not saying I believe Ironside will grow but you never can tell…

  • reidjr


    Networks won’t and should not give a show another season based on one episode.

  • Owen

    SURVIVOR rules supreme (at 8.00)

    Still by far the best reality show on tv.

  • DrainBamage

    I found Super Fun Night to be much better than its trailers lead on. Hope it sticks around.

  • bjssp

    The bigger problem for Ironside, I think, is that NBC has at least two shows that are similar to it: Chicago PD (which, to sound less lame, should be called CPD) and The Night Shift. I guess Crisis could also go on after SVU, as could Believe, but the first two are better fits.

  • jupiter3765

    back in the game sfn and the goldbergs will get renewed

  • Robert Ford

    Glad on Super Fun Night. ABC seems unable to maintain ratings for any shows that aren’t about happy families in suburbia (and has trouble even then). I assumed it was going to be pretty much DOA, but I watched it anyways because: Rebel Wilson.

    First episode was cliched and predictable, but still watchable, and hey: it’s a pilot. Here’s hoping it improves its writing and maintains decent ratings.

  • Samunto

    SFN wasn’t as bad as i had expected. I probably won’t be watching future episodes… The premiere numbers are great though.

    That’s very low for Ironside. Let’s see if it will grow like Chicago Fire did.

  • Guardian Owl

    Because it has to stand on its own, it doesn’t have the Voice as a lead-in anymore.

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