‘Arrow’ earns best rated CW premiere in three years, ‘Nashville’ beats ‘Chicago Fire’

By Daniel S Levine,

Wednesday was a big night at the major networks, with ABC and NBC premiering two new dramas. The CW also managed to score a big victory with its newest superhero drama, Arrow, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow.

CBS was still on top, though with the most viewers, averaging 10.5 million, reports HitFix. However, it managed to come in third in the ratings with a 2.8 18-49 rating. Survivor kicked off with 9.58 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds followed with 11.35 million and a 4.8 key demo rating, while CSI capped off the night with 10.58 million and a 2.6 rating.

ABC had 9.38 million viewers and a 3.2 18-49 rating. The Middle was up to 7.81 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating, while The Neighbors slid to 6.27 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating. Modern Family dominated 9pm, drawing 12.13 million viewers and a 4.8 18-49 rating for its two episodes. Nashville, which has earned stellar reviews, pulled in 8.98 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating. Entertainment Weekly notes that it did do better than NBC’s Chicago Fire, but it was a 15 percent drop from Revenge’s season premiere in the same slot last season. It also lost viewers in its second half-hour.

Fox’s X Factor was steady, averaging 9.36 million viewers and a 3.4 18-49 rating, helping the network win in the ratings.

NBC had 5.55 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating. Animal Practice had just 3.87 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating, while Guys with Kids had 4.2 million and a 1.4 rating. Law & Order: SVU had 6.18 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire’s premiere had 6.44 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating.

Over at The CW, Arrow drew 4.02 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating. That was the best debut for the network since The Vampire Diaries in 2009, reports The Wrap. Supernatural’s season premiere drew 2.6 million viewers and a 1.0 18-94 rating.

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