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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  • RyanCanada

    i loved SFN,can’t wait for the coming weeks. and i cannot wait for Arrow And Tomorrow’s People

  • Sarah

    Considering that Revolution is already down to a 1.5 in the fall, one can be fairly certain that it will be hitting low 1’s by spring next year.

  • fourat

    half hour ratings ?

  • JackB

    NBC: They need to swap “Revolution” and “Ironside” with each other to the their appropriate time slot. Ironside is more suitable for the older viewers which 8PM as Revolution is definitely better for 10PM because you don’t need crime shows against other crime shows since CSI (a crime show) rules that slot.

    ABC: I enjoyed Super Fun Night and can see viewers grow with this show as long as ABC doesn’t jerk it around. I feel it’s more of an lighter “Ugly Betty” type show. A good pairing with Modern Family. Note to ABC: keep it THERE!

    FOX: Get rid of X Factor or downsize it to 8-9PM and build it with a return of “The Following” since Sleepy Hollow doing well on Mondays.

    CBS: No changes here for now.

  • Ted Craig

    @Robert Ford

    That wasn’t the pilot.


    Heck Nashville has triple the ratings lucky 7 has. I think Nashville is kind of islanded here. It’s holding on and I hope abc stays patient with it. Super fun night did well. IMO abc should put the goldbergs after the middle. It’s weird after shield. X factor not bad it’s holding for fox. Honestly fox should reimagine x factor as a summer show. It would have no competition keep Kelly and demi and ditch Paulina and Simon. I think the show needs a young focus but keep it in the summer time. Honestly if fox cancels x factor could another network pick it up? Maybe abc or CBS. Those ratings could be pick up worthy. It’s good they changed the format it made the show exciting and different from the other shows.

  • Chris J

    So will NBC cancel Revolution and Ironside next week and place Grimm and Dracula there instead??

    Could be a good programming decision.

    8:00 L&O:SVU
    9:00 Grimm
    10:00 Dracula

  • reidjr


    I doubt it will grow it will have a big drop next week.

  • Bee

    wow. amazing that MF matched last week’s premiere!

    great debut for SFN. tho it’ll obviously fall because of the mixed reaction to the pilot, which makes me SO nervous for nashville.

    and AHHHH NASHVILLE! last night’s episode was SOOOO good! this show has such a steady, consistent fanbase. it just needs to find a way to broaden it cus people are loving it. ABC did it with scandal, now they have to do it with nashville. and they can’t rely on a presidential assassination lol

    and i really hope that if back in the game and SFN totally crater soon, they’re replaced with the goldbergs and trophy wife.


    CBS ticks up w/ Survivor & CSI as CM off slightly, but overall being tied @ #1 in 18-49 is something (demo same whether shows skew young or old)

    ABC ties CBS in demo as SFN debuts strong (but will it hold?), MF not sliding more is the big story here

    XFac seems to be maintaining low-mid 2’s for FOX

    NBC comes back to earth w/ SVU 2.0, series low for Rev & lowest debut in history for Ironsides (many of us called that one)

  • db

    Ironside did not do that bad in the ratings, nor did revolution or SUV, so why such a negative spin? ABC should be concerned with Shiled!

  • bjssp

    @Tommy M.:

    Uh, no. What I meant was that I tried to look to find some proof–to see how often it repeated and when and what not, to form my opinion–and I couldn’t find anything. I’m not calling Ultima a liar. I’m simply saying that the supposed marathon might not have had a big impact. I follow this stuff fairly closely, even for shows that I don’t watch, and never heard about it.

  • bluejays

    Goodbye Revolution.

    nashville didn’t get any boost from Super Fun Night.

    Criminal Minds did a decent number despite being down and good for CSI going up despite CM’s drop. I think CSI might end up being the top ten show again this year.

  • Tricia

    Super Fun Night was horrendous. Only one joke got even a half hearted chuckle from me. I expect a huge dip next week.

  • Fed Fan

    Yeay for Survivor. Great episode and it turns that this season might be better then on thought.

    CBS relying once again on 3 of their oldest shows to win a night. And people still argue why isn’t CBS changing this night.

  • poweranimals

    I really hope Arrow does good this season. The repeats really haven’t been holding up all that well.

  • reidjr


    I don’t think they will pull Revolution early.

  • ALex

    ABC needs to move Goldbergs to Wed and cancel back in the game. As for Tuesdays ABC NEEEDS to move DWTS from Monday to TUESDAY-where it will face a weaker and shorter Voice

  • Setheriel

    Aww Nashville :( Come on my guilty pleasure, you can do better!

    1.5 for Revolution is not surprising. Awful, awful show. I powered my way through season 1, hoping it would get better (which it did not), but based on early reviews for the pilot and it being described as a pretty much new show altogether, I had high hopes. Sadly, the only thing new about the season is that the acting has somehow become worse than the first season. Tracy Spiridakos should have spent the summer in intensive acting classes. This was not the case. Just my opinion.

  • Chuck_T

    Ironside is DOA. I hope L&O SVU can stay at 2.0 or above.

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