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.