'Ironside' is NBC's lowest-rated fall drama debut ever

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Expectations were low. Expectations were met.

NBC’s Ironside premiere delivered a rusted rating Wednesday night. The remake of the classic 1960s-70s series about a wheelchair-bound detective starring Blair Underwood had 6.8 million viewers and a 1.4 rating at 10 p.m., ranking third  in the hour. Ironside marks NBC’s lowest-rated fall drama debut ever in the demo (though not among total viewers). The previous low was 2011′s utterly doomed Playboy Club with a 1.6.

And yet … the year-ago time-slot comparison gives you a bit of pause. Because Chicago Fire debuted in this slot with a less-terrible-yet-still-pretty-bad 1.9 rating and look where it is today — winning Tuesdays at 10 p.m. with a spin-off on the way. If only NBC could air The Voice every night, all its problems would be solved!

Over on ABC, the network’s new comedy entry, Super Fun Night, impressed at 9:30 p.m. after Modern Family. Despite middling reviews, Rebel Wilson’s comedy got off to fairly strong start with 8.2 million viewers and a 3.2 rating, rising from the premiere of Suburgatory in the slot last fall.

NBC had more bad news at 8 p.m., with the second week of Revolution sinking 17 percent. ABC’s other new comedy Back in the Game slipped 18 percent for its second week. While CBS’ Survivor finally got some relief, rising 8 percent. Otherwise, most network shows were very close to last week.

Full chart:

SHOW  ADULTS 18-49 RATING TOTAL VIEWERS
FOX 8-10P X-FCTR- 2.4 7,755
ABC 8:00P MIDDLE- 2.2 7,774
8:30P BACK-GAME- 1.8 6,593
9:00P MODRN FAMILY- 4.2 10,913
9:30P SUPER-NIGHT- P 3.2 8,211
10-11P NASHVILLE- 1.9 6,023
CBS 8-9P SURVIVOR- 2.6 10,054
9-10P CRIMNL MINDS 2.7 11,010
10-11P CSI- 2.1 9,525
NBC 8-9P REVOLUTION- 1.5 5,393
9-10P LAW&O:SVU- 2.0 6,829
10-11P IRONSIDE- P 1.4 6,807
CW 8-9P ARROW-ONE- S 0.5 1,747
9:00P WHSE-IT-10/2 1 RS 0.4 1,125
9:30P WHSE-IT-10/2 2 RS 0.4 1,190

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