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CBS’ Survivor returned with its lowest-rated premiere ever. Fox’s American Idol did lead the network to an easy win, but it was ugly, as it continues to fall this season. Elsewhere, The CW’s Arrow managed a tie with NBC’s 8 p.m. comedies.
Idol earned 13.37 million viewers and a 4.3 18-49 rating over its two hours. HitFix reports that this was the smallest audience for the show on a wednesday since 2002. It was also a 7 percent drop from the previous week.
CBS averaged 8.49 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating. Survivor drew 8.94 million viewers in its first hour and 9 million for its final half-hour. Overall, it drew a 2.4 18-49 rating, reports The Wrap. It’s the lowest-rated premiere in the long-running show’s history and a 23 percent drop from last spring’s premiere. That’s not the news Jeff Probst wanted to hear on the same day his talk show was canned. Following a Big Bang Theory repeat, CSI had 9.13 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating, a series low.
ABC followed with 6.84 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating. The Middle kicked off with 7.63 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating, while The Neighbors had 5.9 million and a 1.7. Modern Family had just over 10 million viewers and a 3.8 18-49 rating, a small growth from last week’s season low. Suburgatory had 6 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating, while Nashville had 5.71 million and a 1.8 key demo rating.
NBC finished with just 5.39 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating. Whitney had 3.58 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Guys with Kids had just 2.85 million and a 1.0 rating. Law & Order: SVU was up to 6.3 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire ended the night with 6.6 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating.
The CW’s Arrow jumped to 3.26 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Supernatural had 2.47 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.