‘Super Fun Night’ Solid, ‘Ironside’ Soft in Wednesday Premieres

Rebel Wilson comedy wins timeslot in young adults for ABC; 'Survivor,' 'CSI' up for CBS

Super Fun Night

UPDATE: In updated nationals, ABC edged ahead of CBS on the night in adults 18-49 thanks to slight adjustments upward for “The Middle” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 8.03 million viewers overall) and “Back in the Game” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.71m). The rest of the net’s lineup was unchanged in the demo, including “Super Fun Night” (3.2/9, 8.23m), which retained a good 76% of its demo lead-in from “Modern Family.”

At NBC, “Revolution” was up a tick from the prelims (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.46m), but 10 p.m. newcomer “Ironside” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.81m) went down slightly.

CBS’ “Survivor” gained a tenth (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.16m). There were no other adjustments for the Eye programs or for Fox’s “X Factor.” 

A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” won its 10 p.m. half-hour in demos (3.4/10 in 18-49, 8.05m) and was TV’s No. 2 show for the night in 18-49.


ABC’s Rebel Wilson comedy “Super Fun Night” opened to pretty good numbers behind “Modern Family” on Wednesday, while NBC’s “Ironside” had a modest bow to close the night.

Also on the second Wednesday of the season, CBS vets “Survivor” and “CSI” edged up from last week, allowing the net to tie ABC for the night’s lead in adults 18-49 while winning in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Super Fun Night” averaged a 3.2 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, retaining more than 70% of its lead-in from “Modern Family” (4.2/12 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall) and standing as the No. 2 broadcast show of the night in 18-49.

“Modern Family” matched its season opener of last week and was Wednesday’s No. 1 broadcast in key demos.

“Super Fun Night” is the season’s No. 2 new comedy premiere in adults 18-49, behind CBS’ “The Crazy Ones.” Last fall, the season premiere of “Suburgatory” at 9:30 p.m. for ABC did a 2.8 in the demo, retaining less than 60% of “Modern Family.” If “Super Fun Night” is still retaining two-thirds or more of its lead-in a couple of weeks from now, ABC likely will be pretty happy.

At NBC, Blair Underwood drama “Ironside” averaged a 1.4 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall in the 10 p.m. hour, retaining 70% of its lead-in from “Law & Order: SVU” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall). “Ironside” placed third among dramas for the hour, behind “CSI” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and “Nashville” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall).

While “SVU” was up 10% in 18-49 from its second episode of last season, “Ironside” came in about 25% below last year’s premiere of “Chicago Fire” in the timeslot (1.9). In total viewers, “Ironside” appears to be a slight improvement over “Fire,” which now airs on Tuesday.

Kicking off the night for NBC, “Revolution” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) was down 17% (0.3) from its season premiere of last week but up a bit over the 18-49 average for the net’s comedies in the timeslot a year ago. (And its gains over “Animal Practice” and “Guys With Kids” should be much larger in L7 numbers.)

For CBS, “Survivor” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) was up from last week to take control of its timeslot, coming in just a bit below last year. It beat Fox’s competing reality show in the 8 o’clock hour, “The X Factor” by 1 share in 18-49 after lagging it by 2 shares a year ago.

“X Factor” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) was in line with last week’s Wednesday episode, leaving it down about 30% from last year. Fox was winning Wednesdays in 18-49 a year ago with “X Factor,” which comprises its entire night, but now it’s part of a three-network battle with ABC and CBS.

While ABC had a good middle hour with “Modern Family” and “Super Fun Night,” its opening-hour comedies “The Middle” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and “Back in the Game” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) combined for a third-place 18-49 finish, down 12% and 18%, respectively.

CW did pretty good numbers for its “Arrow” recap special at 8 (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) one week from its return.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC and CBS, 2.5/7; Fox, 2.4/7; NBC, 1.6/5; Univision, 1.3/4; CW and Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.2 million; Fox, 7.8 million; ABC, 7.6 million; NBC, 6.3 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 1.5 million; Telemundo, 1.1 million.