Ratings: Whitney Returns Down With Season 2 Opener, CSI Inches Up as Nashville Dips

Whitney Season 2 Premiere RatingsNBC’s Whitney opened Season 2 with 4.3 million total viewers and matching its series low rating of 1.4, down in the demo from both its first-season Wednesday premiere (5.8 mil/2.0) and its freshman finale (4.1 mil/1.6).

Compared to its time slot predecessor, Whitney matched Animal Practice‘s official Wednesday launch (5.2 mil/1.4) in the demo while drawing a smaller audience, and improved on the short-lived laffer’s last-aired episode (3.7 mil/1.2).

Elsewhere on the night, going hour by hour…

8 pm | Survivor (slipping a hair to 10 mil/2.6) led in total audience while The X Factor (up from its last Voice-less Wednesday telecast to 8.1 mil/2.9) was tops in the demo. ABC’s The Middle (8.7 mil/2.5) and The Neighbors (6.7 mil/1.9) both dipped week-to-week. Leading out of Whitney, Guys With Kids was flat with 3.8 mil/1.3. Arrow drew its second-largest audience to date (3.8 mil) while ticking down a tenth in the demo (1.2).

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9 pm | Criminal Minds (steady at 12.1 mil/3.0) led the hour in total audience, while Modern Family (11.9 mil/4.6) dominated the demo (albeit down 4 percent week-to-week. Suburgatory in turn slipped 17 percent in the demo to 2.4.) Law & Order: SVU (5.7 mil/1.6) returned down a tenth. Supernatural was flat at 2.3 mil/1.0.

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10 pm | CSI easily won the hour in both total viewers (10.8 mil) and in the demo (2.4, up a tenth). Nashville followed with 5.9 mil/1.8 (down two tenths), while NBC’s Chicago Fire — which last week was buoyed to series highs by a special Voice — returned to normal levels (5.7 mil/1.6).

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What were you tuned into this Wednesday night?