TV ratings: 'Modern Family' premiere down a bunch but still tops Wednesday, 'SVU' premiere rises

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modern-family-s5-premiere-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2013

"Modern Family" reclaimed its spot at Wednesday's top show among adults 18-49, but its Season 5 premiere was down significantly from last year's debut.

That was pretty much the theme of the night: The premieres of nearly every returning show came in below their debuts last year. The lone exception was "Law & Order: SVU," which paid off last season's finale cliffhanger and rose significantly over its 2012 premiere.

"Modern Family" fell by close to 3 million viewers and more than a point among adults 18-49 vs. last year. "The Middle" and "Nashville" were also off for ABC. New comedy "Back in the Game" pulled OK numbers for its debut, holding most of its lead-in. "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" were each down a little from a year ago for CBS, and NBC's "Revolution" predictably took a big hit compared to last year's "Voice"-aided premiere.

On the (small) upside, "Revolution" was pretty much in line with the overnight ratings for its final episodes last season. "The X Factor" also showed some life for FOX, improving on last week's numbers.

CBS led the night in viewers with 9.9 million and a 6.2 rating/10 share in households. ABC (8.8 million, 5.5/9) edged NBC (8.6 million, 5.6/9) for second. FOX came in fourth with 7.6 million viewers and a 4.6/7. The CW (906,000, 0.6/1) was well back of the pack.

ABC grabbed the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 2.8 rating. FOX took second with a 2.5, and CBS and NBC tied for third at 2.4. The CW posted a 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" (9.4 million viewers, 5.8/10 households)
ABC: "The Middle" season premiere (8.8 million, 5.4/9)/"Back in the Game" series premiere (7.9 million, 5.0/8)
FOX: "The X Factor" (7.3 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: "Revolution" season premiere (6.8 million, 4.3/7)
The CW: "Arrow" rerun (1.2 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: "The X Factor" and "The Middle" tied at 2.4

9 p.m.

ABC:
"Modern Family" season premiere (11.45 million, 6.9/11)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" season premiere (11.3 million, 7.1/11)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" season premiere (9.1 million, 5.9/9)
FOX: "The X Factor" (7.9 million, 4.7/7)
The CW: "Capture" season finale (631,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (4.1)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Law & Order: SVU" season premiere (9.9 million, 6.5/11)
CBS: "CSI" season premiere (9 million, 5.8/10)
ABC: "Nashville" season premiere (6.6 million, 4.3/7)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: SVU" (2.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

More ratings at Zap2it


Photo/Video credit: ABC