Ratings: Supernatural Steady, Neighbors Comes Down to Earth, Presidential Debate Up vs. 2008

The CW’s Supernatural received a warm welcome in its new Wednesays-at-9 home, delivering 1.8 million total viewers — its largest audience since Feb. 10 — and a 0.8 demo rating that’s right on par with its previous opener.

Versus its May finale, the show was up 12 percent in audience and a tenth in the demo. And mind you, this was with an Oh Sit! lead-in (915K, 0.3); next week, Arrow swoops into the lead-off spot.

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Elsewhere on the night:

* ABC’s The Middle (7.93 mil/2.2) dropped 13 and 24 percent from its season premiere, while The Neighbors (6.6 mil/2.0) tumbled 37 percent from its week-ago sneak peek in the plum post-Modern Family spot. (That said, ABC notes, The Neighbors nonetheless stands as the week’s most watched new comedy.)

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* CBS’ Survivor was steady-ish at 10.5 mil/2.9, as was Fox’s The X Factor (9.3 mil and a night-leading 3.4 rating).

* NBC’s Animal Practice (5.2 mil/1.5) and Guys With Kids (5.5 mil/1.8) both are poised for upticks, pending final numbers adjusted for any debate impact.

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* And speaking of the first presidential debate of this election season, the Big 4’s coverage drew 35.1 million total viewers, up 19 percent from 2008’s first face-off. UPDATE: With cable news coverage folded in, the debate audience rose to 67.2 million viewers, up 28 percent from 2008’s first Obama/McCain match-up, which aired on a Friday.

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  1. Carrie says:

    Yay for “Supernatural”! The Wednesday move might have been a smart decision. I really enjoyed the premiere and I’m excited about the season.

  2. Mrs. Peele says:

    Loved the premiere despite Sam’s ‘giving up attitude’ and NOT trying attempt to find Dean. So out of character. Kevin has grown and Dean is in military mode! Although Amelia appeared a little abrupt to Sam about the dog it was a good intro on her; Benny was great too in his entrance. Can’t wait to see everything else.This promises to be a great season! CW needs to ‘un sit’ it’s ‘oh sit’ – silly nonsense – it’s like it’s supposed to stupid on purpose! Maybe it’s a parody!

  3. SJ says:

    “(That said, ABC notes, The Neighbors nonetheless stands as the week’s most watched comedy.)”

    What? How is that possible when The Middle beat it in both overall viewership and the demo? New Girl beat it in the demo as did three of the four CBS comedies.

  4. Mikaylah says:

    Happy for Supernatural that its numbers are steady, but damn. More people should be watch it.

  5. Jane says:

    Imagine how much better the numbers would be if those of us who were unable to watch because of the Cablevesion-Tribune dispute were included. This is the first time since the show has been on the air that I have missed a season premiere and all because my CW got taken away.

  6. Dean says:

    With the awful lead in and bad promotion (my friends barely knew it was on) those are pretty neat numbers. This season they have a new showrunner whom I trust and it feels so right! Also, a shout-out to the intriguing, brilliant fiery title this season!
    You know what, Supernatural’s premiere episode was so freaking awesome and solid, anybody could watch and get into the story (not the first five seasons though. But if I was a random viewer, I could easily see what was going on in the past season and jump in). More people need to watch it! I love that they are showing everything that happened in the purgatory throughout the season!
    Everyone who loves a badass, bloody, visceral, flawed lead character would get their dream with Dean in purgatory! Come on people! Let’s make it a hit in the ratings! How many shows do you know which have been on air this long and still has that raw, adrenaline-pumping quality to it (and the classic rock music is back)!

  7. I think the NBC comdies are keepers, Both Animal Practice & Guys with kids have been steady for two or three weeks already, I think NBC should have given these shows full seasons first instead of New Normal which is in the 4 millions and only see it going lower. Plus 5 million isnt that bad for an NBC show, they are making more then Thursday line ups of comdies.

  8. andrea says:

    I thing that season 7 was great and the opener for season 8 was equally great.I love the fact that there are new monster and plot in each season it keeps thing interesting love the show hope it stats on forever

  9. savannah I says:

    I don’t like the fact Sam didn’t even try to find dean. And I also wish that sam still dad shorter hair he doesn’t look as good as he use to. Dean still looks amazing though. It was a good episode anyways

  10. cjeffery7 says:

    is it just me or did Mountain and Pacific Time Zones not even see The Middle and The Neighbors because of the debate??? might that be a reason for poorer ratings?? (at least for The Middle)

  11. Elyse says:

    wow the Neighbors is getting way better number than i expected it to get. happy about Supernatural!