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.
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.
“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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