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.

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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.

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I hate to say it, but the reason more people aren't tuning into Ironside is the character...
Rob J.
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I'd like to see NBC move Revolution back to a 10pm timeslot, preferrably Ironside's timeslot, since I...
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Hovering in the low 2's on Wednesdays and sinking to a 1.9 last Thursday leaves one wondering...

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%.