TV ratings: ‘Super Fun Night’ has decent opening; ‘Ironside’ weak

It looks like Rebel Wilson’s night was super fun for a decent number of people.

ABC’s “Super Fun Night,” a comedy about a group of sheltered women who start to try to live outside their comfort zones, opened with 8.2 million viewers and a rating of 3.2 in the key 18-49 demographic on Wednesday, according to early numbers from Nielsen.

The premiere, in which Wilson and her cohorts ventured to a piano bar for a sing-off, was flat in the demo from last year’s premiere of “The Neighbors,” which debuted in the same time slot.

In the 18-49 category, a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.


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The numbers for “Super Fun Night” were helped by the lead-in from the Emmy-winning comedy “Modern Family,” which brought in 10.9 million viewers and a rating of 4.2. We’ll have to wait and see if “Super Fun Night” is super enough to attract a big audience next week.

“Modern Family’s” rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic held steady from last week. The new series “Back in the Game” fell 18% from last week’s premiere to a 1.8, while “The Middle” dropped 12% to a 2.2. “Nashville” fell slightly to a 1.9.

Overall, ABC tied with CBS in 18-49 with a rating of 2.5. With solid showings from “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (up 8% from last week to a 2.6), “Criminal Minds” (down 4% to a 2.7) and “C.S.I.” (up 5% to a 2.1), CBS finished with the biggest audience among the big broadcast networks with an average of 10.2 million viewers.

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“Ironside,” NBC’s new cop drama, didn’t arrest many viewers with its premiere, which opened to about 6.8 million viewers and a rating of 1.4. That’s a 17% drop-off in the demo from last year’s opener of “Chicago Fire” in the same time slot.

Leading in was “Law & Order: SVU,” down 26% from last week’s premiere to a 2.0, while “Revolution” fell 17% from its season debut to a 1.5. and 5.39 million viewers.

Fox was all “X Factor.” Simon Cowell’s singing contest drew an average of 7.76 million viewers and a demo rating of 2.4. Its 18-49 rating was down slightly from last Wednesday, while its viewership increased 1%.


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