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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  • Tommy M.

    @ POIFanatic,
    I have no hope left for network tv audience. Revolution was brilliant. The best episode in the entire series and a genuinely fantastic episode which was also a critics favorite and viewers leave the show. Figures.

    Viewer taste is subjective. I personally think NCIS is a boring “cookie cutter” procedural, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s viewers are unintelligent for liking it. Revolution got a very good sampling last season and those viewers lost interest. It’s challenging for a serialized show to grow once the viewers tune out, that sucks for the show’s fans but it happens all the time.

  • Flame

    I’m kinda disappointed. I was expecting some kind of Inferno telling us how great Revolution is doing compared to Chicago Fire…


    @ bjssp

    Highway to Heaven ran on NBC Weds 8-9:00, then Sept 84-Jun 89 & Little House ran from Sept 1974-Jun 76 Weds 8-9:00, then Sept 76 to Jun 83 8-9:00 again on NBC which made me think of it

    Touched By an Angel ran on CBS Sep 94-Apr 03 & CBS is/was the champ w/ this type of programming

    I’ve always said & continue to say SATURDAY NIGHTS SHOULD BE OPENED FOR ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING! I think NBC is the best candidate for the venture

  • bjssp

    @Tommy M:

    Because sometimes you have to take a temporary hit to prepare for/grow in the future. That’s the thinking behind dumping Leno from TTS right now. (Maybe money, too, to some degree.)

    SVU isn’t far above other NBC shows. Moving it now, when it could probably do just well on Fridays as its doing on Wednesdays, could allow NBC to strengthen its schedule for the next few years. It could try a new, more cohesive schedule on the night, which is a bigger deal than Fridays, and still preserve SVU for syndication, which is a big concern.


    Or maybe not. It’s all about the average, and up is up, however weakly it is up. I could see SVU staying at a 2.0 or above. Since Ironside is a new show with a diverse cast, I could see NBC giving it more time, which would drag down the average at first, but if Revolution is a 1.3, that’s still better than what the sitcoms were doing last year.

  • Gerald

    Drop BITG and give me more seasons of Psych please

  • hessian

    On the next CRIMINAL MIMES….

    Detective: Can you describe your attacker?
    Victim: White. Wearing a striped sweater.
    Detective: What did he want?
    Victim: HE DIDN’T SAY!!!

    CRIMINAL MIMES. CBS Thursday, this summer.

  • bjssp


    I would so watch that show. The spin off could be something involving criminals and interpretive dance numbers.

  • William

    I didn’t think Ironside would get big numbers, who could replace Raymond Burr? I think Revolution has run its course, you can’t keep shows off the air for 6 months & then bring them back, by then most have found other shows to watch or have lost interest just as i did. It would make a great Saturday night show, when nothing else is on.

  • david

    Good for the Arrow recap show. Ok for Revolution and yes the week before season 2 of Relolution started Scify did show a marathon of season one of the show.

  • Setheriel


    Orphan Black and Continuum truly are brilliant sci-fi. Couldn’t have said it better! Revolution can’t even be mentioned in the same breath as these quality shows. They show you can do awesome sci-fi on literally a quarter the budget Revolution gets.

  • Oliver

    Fox has renewed Sleepy Hollow for a second season.

  • tomko44

    Just have to say I am not liking the second season of Revolution. I won’t really mind when it gets canceled! Let the Bear feast on its fetid corpse!

  • Seth

    Oustanding for X Factor. The show is the little engine that could and just keeps chugging along to renewal.

  • Brandy

    SFN was fairly good.Nashville was good, glad it didn’t drop much.

  • charmedcraft

    Super Fun Night was really funny. She wrote, produces, stars in, and even gave her friends roles in the show. You can tell she’s having a blast. I’ll definitely be watching again.

  • aiden

    svu needs to move to 10pm

  • Tommy M.

    @ bjssp,

    SVU isn’t far above other NBC shows. Moving it now, when it could probably do just well on Fridays as its doing on Wednesdays, could allow NBC to strengthen its schedule for the next few years. It could try a new, more cohesive schedule on the night, which is a bigger deal than Fridays, and still preserve SVU for syndication, which is a big concern.

    NBC is attempting to strengthen their schedule by launching new shows. Most new shows fail, but that doesn’t mean they should take the risk of shooting themselves in the foot by moving one of their best performing shows to Fridays and chance weakening their Wednesday night further as well as damaging SVU in the process.

  • Billiam

    Its obvious to me that viewers of scifi shows (even on Syfy) are now turning to online sources, whether legal or not, for their tv show viewing. I do most of my viewing online because I’m legally blind and it is easier for me to see content on my computer. But, I’ve been told that others can no longer afford their cable bills (I still buy cable) and so they turn to online sources. I think, despite what our leaders try to make us believe, the economy is getting worse, so this trend will continue. So, shows such as Revolution and Person of Interest are suffering this year. One does wonder how Person of Interest went from being one of CBS’ top scripted shows to one of its bottom-rated shows… Maybe putting back against Grey’s Anatomy would make it come back, but it may be too late for that…

  • Grz12

    Doesn’t matter much, but I’m curious for last night’s +3. Once Arrow starts, Wednesday at 8 is four shows I watch. I know thats true for a lot of my friends too. Want to see if its widespread.

  • bjssp

    @Tommy M.:

    Again, my thinking in the matter is that SVU would do what it’s doing now on Wednesdays on Fridays. I might be wrong, but if I am right, there’s not a lot of risk here, because NBC could always move it right back.

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