ABC's 'Nashville' down, second to 'CSI' at 10

The CW’s “Arrow” remained on target in its second outing Wednesday, matching its premiere-week delivery in key demos. In the 10 p.m. rookie drama battle, ABC’s “Nashville” fell off more than NBC’s “Chicago Fire” but remained ahead of it.

CBS edged out ABC in adults 18-49 and won in other categories too, as Fox’s typically tough “The X Factor” was thrown off its schedule by a baseball rain delay.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Arrow” (1.3 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) held 100% of its week-ago premiere rating in both 18-49 and 18-34 (1.1), edging out NBC’s first-year comedies in the night’s opening hour. It was up a couple of ticks from last week in men 18-34 (1.2/4), perhaps picking up some viewers from Fox.

“Arrow” dropped off among the 50-plus crowd, resulting in a lower total-viewer count than last week (4.1 million).

Lead-out “Supernatural” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) was also mostly steady in key demos.

Elsewhere, CBS had a solid night with “Survivor” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), “Criminal Minds” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall). While the bookends were down a bit week to week, they each led their hours in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers, and 9 p.m. vet “Minds” was up slightly.

At ABC, “The Middle” was up slightly (2.5/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) but rookie 8:30 p.m. show “The Neighbors” edged down (1.9/5 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall). “Modern Family” followed at 9 and was again the night’s No. 1 program in key demos (4.6/12 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall), though down week to week, and “Suburgatory” made its new timeslot bow at 9:30 (2.8/7 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), down 15% from its year-ago series premiere at 8:30.

Closing out the night, “Nashville” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) fell off by about 25% in various categories from its premiere, which enjoyed a “Modern Family” lead-in.

NBC’s “Animal Practice” continues to struggle leading off the night (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), but “Guys With Kids” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) built on it for a fourth straight week, this week by its largest margin to date. From 9 to 11, the second week of the combo of “Law & Order: SVU” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) was down a few ticks week to week.

Fox’s night was pretty much a mess, and its numbers are unreliable at best. The net had the afternoon baseball playoff game (St. Louis-San Francisco) but a lengthy rain delay pushed it into primetime. As a result, a key two-hour episode of “The X Factor” started at around 8:40 p.m. ET and then was pulled off around 9:45 p.m. as the game resumed.

Fox aired an encore of “X Factor” on the West Coast and is amending its schedule next week to put the show on Tuesday in advance of its World Series hiatus, which begins next Wednesday.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night (excluding Fox): CBS, 2.7/8; ABC, 2.6/7; Univision, 1.6/5; NBC, 1.5/4; CW, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.8 million; ABC, 8.0 million; NBC, 5.4 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 2.8 million.

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