Ratings: Revolution Quieter in New Time Slot, SVU Surges, Modern Family Drops, X Factor Rises

Ratings Revolution Season 2The Revolution was televised… to a slightly smaller demo rating, as NBC’s sophomore drama christened its new Wednesday time slot sans a cushy Voice lead-in.

With a total audience of 6.8 million viewers matching its series-low 1.8 rating, Revolution was of course down sharply from its rather boffo series premiere (11.7 mil/4.1), but also off two tenths from its freshman finale (6.2 mil/2.0), both of which aired Mondays at 10.

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That said, it added some eyeballs versus where it left off and greatly improved on the 5 mil/1.5 that Animal Practice/Guys With Kids did for NBC in Wednesday’s lead-off spot a year ago. So there’s that.

Continuing NBC’s night, Law & Order: SVU‘s double-episode premiere averaged 9.5 mil/2.7, surging some 30 percent from last year’s opener and delivering its largest audience since Nov. 2011.

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ABC | The Middle returned to 8.8 mil and a 2.4, down 17 percent in the demo year-over-year. Back in the Game debuted to 7.9 mil/2.2, improving 25 and 16 percent on what The Neighbors did in the 8:30 slot a year ago and demonstrating greater retention out of The Middle. Modern Family‘s double helping (averaging 11.4 mil/4.1) dropped 20 and 25 percent from its previous premiere. Nashville (6.6 mil/2.1) fell some 25 percent from its series launch but was up 10 percent two tenths from its finale.

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FOX | The X Factor (7.6 mil/2.5) rose 15 percent week-to-week.

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CBS | Survivor (9.4 mil/2.3) shed some viewers and slipped 12 percent in the demo from its season opener. Criminal Minds (11.3 mil/2.8) was down 3 and 10 percent from its previous premiere (but matched its finale numbers), while CSI (9 mil/2.1) fell 17 percent year-over-year.

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