Ratings: Arrow Flies Steady, Nashville and Chicago Fire Drop More than 20 Percent

The CW’s Arrow stayed on target this Wednesday night, matching its premiere rating of 1.3 and besting NBC’s 8 o’clock comedy block (which averaged a 1.2).

And though the action-drama dipped 15 percent in total audience (to 3.5 million viewers), it actually rose week-to-week in both the Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 demos.

The news was not as good for two other Wednesday newbies: ABC’s Nashville dropped 24 and 29 percent from its series premiere to deliver 6.8 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating (thus falling behind CSI‘s 2.4). NBC’s Chicago Fire, with under 6 million total viewers and a 1.5, was down 11 and 21 percent in its second week. CSI of course also dominated the 10pm hour in total audience, with 10.6 million viewers.

Elsewhere on the night:

* ABC’s The Middle (2.5) inched up, The Neighbors (1.9) and Modern Family (4.6) dipped just a bit, and Suburgatory (2.8) was down 15 percent from its freshman premiere (which led out of the softer Middle).

* CBS’ Survivor (2.7) and Criminal Minds (3.1) each slipped a few percentage points, while CSI (2.4) was down 8 percent.

* Of NBC’s aforementioned comedies, Animal Practice (1.0) — which UPDATE! is being replaced by Whitney — dropped 9 percent and Guys With Kids (1.4) was flat. SVU, at 1.6, was down 11 percent to tie a series low.

* Supernatural matched last week’s 1.0 rating, while dipping 12 percent in total audience (to 2.2 million viewers).

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What were you tuned into this Thursday night? (American Horror Story‘s numbers will of course come later, under separate cover.)