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.

    @ THE OLD MAN, you’re the man!

  • Percysowner

    I was on the fence about how Revolution would do this year. Either it was pulling adequate ratings because of TV lead in, or it had found its core audience and would settle in where it left off and be fine. Apparently the core audience theory did not pan out. Too bad, because I enjoy Revolution, even though it’s not my favorite. Oh well, if it’s canceled maybe Kripke will turn his attention back to Supernatural, which needs it, IMHO.

  • Tomcatt630

    NBC should just show Voice repeats, as cable networks do, on off nights. With scripted shows, only if there is ‘buzz’, will people watch online or Netflix. Sitcoms have to grab viewers in syndication, like BBT.

    Tough to launch all these new shows, should just do fewer and not waste time of actors, production staff making these obvious bombs. How much $ is wasted putting on all these shows just to fill time, and then cancel them?

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Poll coming for the new NBC comedies tonight?

  • Dan

    Well Back in the Game is done, time to move The Goldbergs to that slot.

  • BenA

    Chicago PD should air after SVU since both are from creator Dick Wolf.

  • Michael

    I found Simon Cowell’s new interview interesting. He said, he doesn’t care that The Voice won an Emmy, he called it irrelevant. He only cares about ratings + viewership. After looking at these numbers, he’s losing on both ends of the spectrum.

  • Sierra

    which network skews youngest, NBC or CW?

  • Carl

    I don’t see Arrow beating Revolution.

    I think this may be Revolution’s floor, but they can’t afford the actors they have with ratings like this. They need to trim the fat. This is a show that could lose anyone because the characters are all so unlikeable and pointless.

    Survivor had a great episode last night, one of the best in quite a while. I’m glad the ratings went up.

    (and I don’t think Aras is a “jerk” – he seems very nice on the show)

  • bjssp

    Long term question for NBC and Wednesdays in particular:

    Considering it has a backlog of dramas as well as comedies and might not even be done ordering comedies, what does it do? It has a lot of opportunities to make some appealing switches, but they’d need to make a lot of moves at once midseason. The benefit to doing this is that it can plan for the future (how much longer will SVU really last?) and announce and promote a new schedule during the Olympics.

    My thinking, come midseason, is this:

    Sundays: Chicago PD and The Night Shift in some order

    Wednesdays: Believe, Grimm, and Crisis.

    Fridays: TBL, SVU, and Ironside.

    Hannibal and Crossbones get shifted to the summer. The big benefit to this is that it gets a night, Wednesday, that could likely do very well and provide a solid launching pad for next season.

  • GRD

    Too bad for Nashville — it was really good last night. Scarlett grew a spine, Gunnar had a gorgeous song, and Juliette actually went an entire episode without a one-night stand.

  • Dan

    Is it a coincidence that ABC (Lucky 7), CBS (Hostages), and NBC (Ironside) all got their lowest premieres ever this fall?

    Fox got theirs last year with The Mob Doctor.

  • Lisa

    Ironside sucked. Stick with the original.


    @ bjssp

    Lowest rated fall drama debut ever for NBC

  • Tomcatt630

    “Revolution” to me seems to be promoting idea that society should “give up” using electricity, “to save the earth”. “We’d all be happy shiny people holding hands singing Kumbya, living off the land. No cell phones, no power, yay!” barf

  • Charmed

    Great for Nashville, if it stays steady a season 3 renewal is inevitable, considering how ABC is doing this year….

  • bjssp


    NBC really needs to consider trying to launch a show after AGT or something else in the summer and then bringing it back midseason. Find something that has creative promise–easier said than done, of course, but not impossible–and then leave it on during the summers no matter what. Repeat it on Saturdays during the fall season, and the bring it back during midseason.

    There’s no guarantee any of this will work, but the network won’t be dealing with all other networks launching shows at the same time. And if for some reason something explodes on its own, it can then have a better handle on how to use it to help the schedule at midseason as it sees how the fall shows do.

  • LisaV

    Is “X Factor’s” seventh place finish for the night enough for the brain trust at FOX to renew it for another 5 years?

  • reidjr

    What new shows does everone think we get full season pick ups?

  • spinthesky

    Not bad for Survivor- this season has been a mess so far, but hopefully it improves without Colton.

    Didn’t even bother tuning into Super Fun Night, but based on the reviews, I definitely expect a drop in the coming weeks.

    @JONNYSBRO X Factor should ditch Simon? You know it’s his show, right? Honestly, they should’ve never brought on Kelly and Paulina- people just don’t care about them. I agree though that the show might be more suited overall for the summer.

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