'Revolution' disarmed in season 2 premiere ratings

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If you’re NBC, you’re opening up Nielsen’s email with Wednesday night’s ratings and peeking at it through your fingers like it’s a horror movie: You know the numbers are going to be scary, you just don’t know how scary.

NBC moved Revolution from having a Voice lead-in on Monday nights to self-start on its troubled Wednesdays this fall, and gave the coveted reality show lead-in to new James Spader drama The Blacklist instead. Even with typically having a Voice lead-in, Revolution had fallen off a fair amount through its first run of episode. Last night season two debuted. How did the post-apocalyptic drama hold up? Let’s take a peek:

Revolution had 6.8 million viewers and a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. That’s down 56 percent from its series premiere, and a bit lower than what the show averaged at the end of last season, as well. Revolution also came in behind ABC comedies, CBS’ Survivor and Fox’s The X Factor. Yup, Revolution disarmed by Simon Cowell, who had a 15 percent bump this week. You can make an argument that this rating isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, and that NBC was sure doing worse in this slot last season. And there’s certainly logic to that. It’s just tough to get excited about fourth place.

There was some clearly positive news for NBC: The two-hour Law & Order SVU return jumped 29 percent thanks to having a semi-decent lead-in.

Over on ABC, new comedy Back in the Game (7.9 million, 2.2) was an improvement vs. The Neighbors debut in this slot last year.

Otherwise… otherwise …

The grid is a bit grim, okay? ABC’s The Middle? Down 17 percent. Modern Family? Nashville? Both down 25 percent. On CBS, Survivor slipped. Criminal Minds skidded 10 percent, CSI dropped 16 percent. On The CW, something called Capture ended. Full chart:

 SHOW  ADULT DEMO  TOTAL VIEWERS
FOX 8-10P X-FACTOR 2.5 7,606
ABC 8:00P MIDDLE P 2.4 8,756
8:30P BACK-GAME P 2.2 7,885
9-10P MOD FAMILY P 4.1 11,448
10-11P NASHVILLE P 2.1 6,623
CBS 8-9P SURVIVOR- P 2.3 9,413
9-10P CRIMNL MINDS P 2.8 11,289
10-11P CSI P 2.1 8,961
NBC 8-9P REVOLUTION P 1.8 6,785
9-11P LAW&O:SVU P 2.7 9,503
CW 8-9P ARROW- R 0.3 1,180
9-10P CAPTURE- S 0.2 631

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