When it comes to the battle of new shows to stay alive, there is clearly one winner now on Wednesday nights, and it’s on a network in The CW who has famously fallen hard year after year as of late: “Arrow.” As a matter of fact, we would be readying the full-season order now if we were them.
Overall, the Green Arrow origin story scored an impressive 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic that is steady with last week, even if it did lose some total viewers. The other impressive part of this is that it not only was squaring off against new programming across the board, but also the baseball – “X Factor” pandemonium over at Fox. “Supernatural” also held on tight after the show, and its own rating of a 1.0 marks the same number it had in the preliminary numbers last week. Outside of “The Vampire Diaries,” these two are looking to be huge contributors for the network all season long now.
Elsewhere, the news was not quite as good. With a 1.0 rating, “Animal Practice” will likely be making way for “Community” or “Whitney” soon on the schedule, though the latter may be more likely given that it is a better match for “Guys with Kids.” “Chicago Fire” is already in need of being extinguished with a 1.5 rating this week, though we could say the same thing about NBC’s entire Wednesday lineup right now.
With the ratings on CBS pretty steady, we finish things off by returning to the mixed bag at ABC. While “The Middle,” “The Neighbors,” and “Modern Family” all seem to be pretty locked in with their numbers, “Suburgatory” debuted to a 2.8 rating that was up huge from last season’s finale. Granted, it did fail in the same way as “Happy Endings,” “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” and “Cougar Town” in making good on its huge lead-in. The saddest new for ABC in “Nashville,” which plummeted to a 2.0 rating that suggests that even good reviews may not save this show.
If you want to hear Fox’s reaction now to their ratings mess, you can do so over here.
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