Wednesday TV Ratings: REVOLUTION Premiere Way Down, MODERN FAMILY Dips; LAW & ORDER: SVU Soars

     September 26, 2013

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Wednesday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The NBC drama Revolution notched a series low in its season two premiere, hitting a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.8 million viewers in its new timeslot.  That’s a steep drop from last year’s series premiere 4.1 rating, and down two tenths from the season one finale’s 2.0 rating.
  • Modern Family was also down in its return, as its one-hour premiere episode garnered a 4.1 rating and 11.45 million viewers for a drop of 25% from last year’s 5.5 premiere rating.  Nevertheless, it still stood as Wednesday’s highest-rated and most-watched program.
  • On the flipside, the stakes-raising premiere of Law & Order: SVU scored a 2.7 rating and 9.5 million viewers, rising 30% from last year’s 2.1 premiere rating and marking the show’s best performance since 2011.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, September 25th, including Nashville, Criminal Minds, The Middle, and more.

ABC

  • modern-family-suddenly-last-summerThe season premiere of the comedy The Middle hit a 2.4 rating and 8.76 million viewers, down sharply from last year’s 2.9 premiere rating.
  • The new series Back in the Game notched a solid 2.2 rating and 7.88 million viewers, improving on The Neighbors’ performance in the timeslot last year.
  • A one-hour premiere of Modern Family earned a 4.1 rating and 6.8 million viewers, which is still impressive but down quite a bit from last year’s 5.5 premiere rating.
  • The season two premiere of Nashville was also down, hitting a 2.1 rating and 6.62 million viewers for a drop of 25% from its series premiere’s 2.8 rating.  That said, it improved on the season finale’s 1.9 rating.

CBS

  • The season premiere of Criminal Minds scored a 2.8 rating and 11.29 million viewers for a drop of three tenths from last year’s season premiere rating, though it matched its season finale rating.
  • CSI dropped quite a bit from last year’s 2.5 rated season opener, scoring a 2.1 rating and 8.69 million viewers.

NBC

  • Over on NBC, the serialized drama series Revolution returned to a 1.8 rating and 6.8 million viewers, which matches its series low and is a far cry from its series premiere 4.1 rating.  It also marks a drop of two tenths from the season one finale’s 2.0 rating.
  • The two-hour premiere of Law & Order: SVU hit a 2.7 rating and 9.5 million viewers, rising six tenths from last year’s 2.1 season premiere rating and marking the show’s best performance in two years.

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