After so many duds this season, you start to root for a new ABC show to open. Upcoming drama Resurrection now remains the network’s last and only hope after back-to-back disappointments from the launches of drama Mind Games and comedy Mixology this week. Last night’s debut of Mixology (1.8 in adults 18-49) ranked as ABC’s lowest-rated comedy premiere this season and the third lowest overall for a Monday-Thursday comedy, only behind NBC’s now defunct Welcome To The Family (1.1) and Sean Saves The World (1.4). And that’s with one of the best comedy lead-ins on television, Modern Family, marking the lowest-rated debut following ABC’s flagship comedy. Yes, Modern Family is not the ratings powerhouse it used to be, with last night’s episode (3.1) down 11% from the last original to a season low. But still, Mixology‘s premiere rating was down a big 38% from the short-lived How To Live With Your Parents that premiered behind Modern Family last spring. The rest of ABC’s series also were down from their pre-Olympics originals. The Middle (1.8) was down 18%, Suburgatory (1.5) down 12% and Nashville (1.2) down 8%, all tying season lows.
The power of Dick Wolf. The man can leverage his shows like nobody’s business. With one of his trademark crossovers last night, veteran Law & Order: SVU (2.0) rose 11% from its last original three weeks ago. But it was rookie Chicago P.D. (2.2) that benefited the most, shooting up 29% from its last original to a series high. Wolf already has planned another major crossover this season that would involve all three of his NBC series, including Chicago Fire, and with numbers like last night’s expect a lot more of that to come. At 8 PM, Revolution (1.3) was flat with its last fresh episode a month ago.
Meanwhile, CBS’ Survivor is still going strong in its 28th (!) season. The veteran reality series licked off its new cycle last night with a 2.5 in 18-49, up a tenth from its spring premiere last season and down a tenth from its fall opener. A two-hour Criminal Minds (2.3) was down 8% from last week. The CW’s Arrow (0.9) was down a tenth from its last original; The Tomorrow People (0.5) was flat.