ABC and CBS tie for first, with Fox right behind them
ABC's “Super Fun Night”debuted to strong numbers Wednesday, while NBC's “Ironside” looked vulnerable, according to preliminary numbers. It was nearly a three-way finish as ABC and CBS tied for first in the ratings, with Fox right behind them.
Though it lost nearly a quarter of its “Modern Family” lead-in, ABC's Rebel Wilson-Conan O'Brien comedy scored a very respectable 3.2 rating/9 share in the key 18-49 demographic. “Ironside,” however, had a soft 1.4/4. Though it held almost all of its “Law & Order: SVU” lead-in in total viewers, it slipped in the demo. NBC's “Revolution,” meanwhile, the biggest new show of last season, hit an all-time low in its second week in a new timeslot.
ABC's tie for first was a big win after a Tuesday in which all of its shows, including new hit “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” were down significantly from the week before.
ABC and CBS both had a 2.5 rating/7 share in the demo, though CBS was tops in total viewers with 10.2 million. ABC was third in total viewers, after Fox, with 7.6 million. At 8 p.m., “The Middle” had a 2.2/7 — down 12 percent from last week's premiere — and 7.8 million total viewers. At 8:30, “Back in the Game” had a 1.8/6 — down 18 percent from last week's debut — and 6.6 million.
At 9, “Modern Family” scored a 4.2/12 — steady with last week — and 10.9 million. At 9:30, “Super Fun Night” had 8.2 million viewers to go with its 3.2 in the demo. That was flat with last year's premiere of “The Neighbors” in the timeslot. “Nashville” at 10 had a 1.9/6 and 6 million. It was down slightly from last week's premiere in the demo.
At 8, CBS's “Survivor” had a 2.6/8 and 10.1 million total viewers. At 9, “Criminal Minds” had a 2.7/7 and 11 million. “CSI” at 10 had a 2.1/6 and 9.5 million. “Survivor” and “CSI” were both up slightly in the demo, while “Criminal Minds” was slightly down.
Fox had 2.4/7 for third in the ratings, but was second in total viewers with 7.8 million. The “X Factor” filled its primetime and was essentially flat with last week.
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NBC was fourth in the ratings with a 1.6/5 and in total viewers with 6.3 million. At 8, “Revolution” had a 1.5/5 — down 17 percent from its premiere last week in its new timeslot — and 5.4 million. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” had a 2.0/5, down 26 percent from last week — and 6.83 million. Besides its 1.4 rating in the demo, “Ironside” had 6.81 million total viewers.
Univision was fifth in ratings and total viewers with a 1.3/4 and 3.3 million. The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth for the second night in a row in the demo with .5/1. CW was sixth in total viewers with 1.5 million, while Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.