Rebel Wilson of "Super Fun Night"
Week-to-week gains for "Survivor
" helped CBS tie for the Wednesday night crown among young viewers and combined with "Criminal Minds
" and "CSI
" to give the network an easy overall win.
After several nights of positives, NBC had plenty of bad news on Wednesday, with "Ironside
" premiering to a dismal 1.4 among young viewers, "Revolution
" taking a big slide overall and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" failing to maintain last week's renewed energy.
And as for FOX? "X Factor" was basically steady with last week -- perhaps down a tick in the demo and up a hair overall -- which continues to count as better-than-expected news.
On to the numbers…
Among adults 18-49, ABC and CBS both averaged a 2.5 rating for Wednesday night, tops in the key demographic. FOX was a close third with a 2.4 rating, followed by a gap to NBC's 1.6 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.5 key demo rating for Wednesday.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 10.2 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/10 share for Wednesday primetime, comfortably winning the night. FOX was second with 7.755 million viewers and a 4.8/8, edging out the 7.59 million viewers and 4.8/8 for ABC. NBC's 4.1/7 and 6.34 million viewers finished fourth for the night. The CW averaged a 0.9/1 and 1.45 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS with 10.05 million viewers and also won the hour with a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC was second for the hour overall and third in the key demo with "The Middle
" (7.77 million and a 2.2 key demo rating) and "Back in the Game" (6.59 million and a 1.8 key demo). FOX's "The X Factor
" averaged 7.08 million viewers for third and a 2.3 key demo rating for second. NBC's "Revolution" averaged 5.39 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating, predictably a series low. The CW's "Arrow" recap show averaged 1.75 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating ahead of next week's premiere.
9 p.m. -
"Criminal Minds" was down a hair from last week, but still won the hour with 11.01 million viewers and finished second with a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. ABC was second with "Modern Family
" (10.91 million and a 4.2 key demo, flat with its premiere) and "Super Fun Night" (8.21 million and a 3.2 key demo), which was in line with last year's "Neighbors" launch. The second hour of "The X Factor" rose to 8.43 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating in third, easily beating the 6.83 million viewers and 2.0 key demo rating for NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." On The CW, two repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" averaged 1.16 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" won the 10 p.m. hour for CBS with 9.525 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, rebounding after losing to an extended "SVU" last week. The premiere of "Ironside" averaged 6.81 million viewers for second and a 1.4 key demo rating for third. [Depending on who you listen to, that's either up from last year's "Chicago Fire" premiere in viewers and, thus, a triumph, or 26 percent below the "Chicago Fire" premiere in the key demo and also NBC's lowest rated fall drama premiere ever.] ABC's "Nashville" was third with 6.02 million viewers and second with a 1.9 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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