Ratings: ‘Supernatural’ sole winner as Halloween hurts ‘Nashville,’ ‘Chicago Fire’

Halloween is a great night for candy, but it’s not so much a great night for anyone who wants to watch television. As families went trick-or-treating around the country or watched scary movies on Wednesday night, the broadcast lineup suffered greatly, with the vast majority of shows falling to some of their lowest ratings of the year.

The only real winner here is “Supernatural,” who actually rose to a 0.9 rating after hitting its lowest number last week since it move to Wednesdays at the start of the season. Then again, it was hard to expect anything different from the show given that this really is perfect for Halloween night, and it had room to recover since last week’s episode was such a disaster (and had so little bearing to the story) that even some diehard fans probably tuned out midway through.

Now, the bad news. “The X Factor” had a disappointing first live show with just a 2.6 rating, and “Survivor: Philippines” (2.4) saw a similar drop. When it comes to new series, “Arrow” (1.0), “The Neighbors” (1.8), “Nashville” (1.8), and “Chicago Fire” (1.5) were all down versus their last new episodes. “Arrow” is really the only one of these shows that we see having an enormous shot of lasting to next season. We’ll give “Guys with Kids” some credit for staying steady around a 1.4, which it may actually improve on next week when “Whitney” returns with new episodes. (These two shows do match each other well when it comes to tone, if nothing else.)

Most of these shows should recover next week, as the only other weak Wednesday coming up will be the one before Thanksgiving, when many families will likely be traveling and away from their television sets.

What did you watch?

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