Wednesday TV Ratings: FRESH OFF THE BOAT Starts Strong, ARROW Makes Small Gains

     February 5, 2015


The TV ratings for Wednesday, February 4th are in.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • The series premiere of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat at 8:30 p.m. (you can read my review here) started strong with a 2.5 rating and 7.93 million viewers. That’s not too surprising, since ABC smartly sandwiched it in between The Middle (steady at 2.2/8.2 million) and its comedy juggernaut Modern Family (which ticked up 13 percent to 3.4/9.9 million).
  • Fresh Off the Boat didn’t lose too many viewers for its second premiere episode at 9:30 p.m., either, where it notched a 2.4 and 7.56 million. Next week, ABC is moving the show to Tuesdays at 8 p.m., which could mean trouble. Even though it won’t face much comedy competition there, that slot has been a death trap for several seriously good comedies of the recent past (RIP Don’t Trust the B–, RIP Happy Endings, RIP Selfie).
  • Staying with ABC, Nashville‘s return from its midseason break was met with a slump; the show was down 10 percent, scoring a 1.3 and 5.06 million viewers.
  • On Fox, Empire stays King of Wednesdays (or really Queen, since y’all know it’s all about Cookie), and found a way to rise even higher in its key demo, garnering a 4.6 and 11.5 million viewers. (Also, if there was going to be a Taraji-centric Indiana Jones, I’d already be in line).
  • The CW’s Arrow (read Dave’s recap here) at 8 p.m. ticked up slightly to 1.2/2.89 million viewers, up about ten percent.  The 100 at 9 p.m., which had been steadily gaining ground, stayed equal to last week’s numbers, with a 0.6 and 1.59 million viewers.