Producers of NBC’s drama Revolution were likely bracing for the worst when their show was moved from the cushy post-Voice Monday slot to Wednesday 8 PM. The transition wasn’t that bad and certainly a lot smoother than that of the previous NBC series to relocate from the Monday 10 PM slot, Smash. The second-season premiere of Revolution last night drew a 1.8 in adults 18-49, tying a series low. Still, it was down a modest 10% from Revolution‘s first-season finale behind The Voice, while Smash dropped 39% in its second-season opener. Comparisons to Revolution‘s series premiere behind the season debut of The Voice last fall are pretty much meaningless, but for the record: the drama was down 56% vs. 71% for Smash. Law & Order: SVU kicked off its 15th (!) season by resolving the May finale cliffhanger and drew a 2.7 18-49 rating for the two-hour premiere, up 29% from the year-ago debut in the same time slot.
The Voice does an The X Factor good? The introduction of two more nights of singing competition to the weekly schedule with the return of NBC’s The Voice and premiere week competition didn’t dent Fox’s X Factor. It posted a 2.5 18-49 rating last night, up 14% from last Wednesday’s season opener.
The ABC and CBS lineups were both down from last fall. ABC featured the only new series on the Big 4 last night, new comedy Back In The Game, which opened with an OK 2.2 rating in 18-49, holding onto 92% of its Middle lead-in. Still, that was ABC’s lowest-rated fall comedy premiere in four years. The Middle (2.4) was down 17% from its hourlong season premiere last September. Coming off its fourth straight best comedy series Emmy win, Modern Family logged its lowest-rated premiere with a 4.1/11 from 9-10 PM, down 25% from last year’s hourlong opener. Also shedding 25% year-vs.-year was sudser Nashville (2.1/6). Modern Family still was the highest-rated program of the night and led ABC to a nightly win in 18-49.
On CBS, Survivor posted a 2.3, down 12% from last week to a series low. Criminal Minds opened its ninth season with a 2.8, down 10% from last fall and on par with the May finale. CSI (2.1/6) was down 16% (up a tenth from the finale) as both dramas logged their lowest-rated premieres.