It was one of those “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” nights when everyone was down, so flat ratings were considered a victory. Week 2 was not kind to new series Super Fun Night and Ironside. ABC’s Super Fun Night (2.5/7) was down 22% from its premiere last week. Its lead-in, Modern Family (3.8), was down 10% and the highest-rated program of the night. The Middle (2.2) was even from its fast national last week, while newbie Back In The Game (1.7) was down a tenth. It tied Nashville (down 11%) as the lowest-rated program on ABC, which in turn tied CBS for the top Wednesday spot in adults 18-49.
NBC’s Ironside has some excuse for its Week 2 drop — it aired in the 10 PM hour against the premiere of FX’s new American Horror Story installment. Still, a 1.1 18-49 rating (down 21% from the fast national for its premiere) is not going to cut it. Ironside could slide another tenth in the finals as its fast nationals include a minute of a Law & Order: SVU overrun. (It also was adjusted down last week.) SVU (1.6) posted a second consecutive double-digit week-to-week drop, down 20%. But NBC’s 8 PM anchor, Revolution (1.5), held steady, matching its fast national from last week but continues to flirt with a series low. The show was adjusted up in the finals but if it doesn’t this week, it will post an all-time low.
The CW’s Arrow opened its second season with a 0.9 in 18-49, 0.8 in 18-34 and 2.68 million viewers. While solid numbers by CW standards, that was down 31% in 18-49 and 33% in total viewers from the show’s big series premiere last fall but on par with the season finale in May. At 9 PM, the debut of The Tomorrow People (0.8, 2.34 million) was down from 20% from Supernatural‘s season premiere in the time period last fall but in line with its May finale and showed good compatibility with Arrow through very solid retention.
CBS’ Survivor (2.4) was down 8% from its fast national last week. Criminal Minds (2.6) was down 4%, and CSI (1.9) was down 10%, tying its series low. Criminal Minds (10.9 million) edged Modern Family (10.4 million) as the most-watched program of the night, a category CBS won among the networks with 9.7 million viewers. Fox’s The X Factor (2.2) was down 8%.