While not exactly criminally low, NBC’s Ironside had a soft series premiere, copping 6.8 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating — down 16 percent in the demo from Chicago Fire‘s year-ago debut in the Wednesdays-at-10 spot, shedding 30 percent of its SVU lead-in and representing NBC’s lowest-rated fall drama debut ever.
The night’s other newcomer, ABC’s Super Fun Night, drew 8.2 mil and a 3.2 — up from Suburgatory (7.5 mil/2.8) and Happy Endings‘ (7.3 mil/3.1) most recent Wednesdays-at-9:30 premieres, giving ABC its best Wednesday comedy debut in four years and standing as this fall’s No. 2 comedy launch (trailing CBS’ The Crazy Ones).
SFN also demonstrated much better retention out of Modern Family (76 percent) than Suburgatory (64 percent) and Happy Endings (54 percent).
Elsewhere on ABC, The Middle (7.8 mil/2.2) fell 12 percent in the demo from its premiere, Back in the Game (6.6 mil/1.8) dropped 18 percent from its debut, Modern Family (11 mil/4.2) held steady and Nashville (6 mil/1.9) ticked down one tenth.
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Opening NBC’s night, relocated Revolution (5.4 mil/1.5) was down 21 and 17 percent from its season opener. SVU (6.8 mil/2.0) likewise dropped — 29 and 26 percent — from its buzzy two-hour premiere.
Over on CBS, Survivor (10 mil/2.6) rose two tenths from its premiere, while CSI (9.5 mil/2.1) ticked up one tenth, with both shows gaining viewers. Criminal Minds (11 mil/2.7) dipped a smidge.
Fox’s The X Factor, with 7.8 mil and a 2.4, added a few eyeballs while dipping a tenth in the demo week-to-week.