Want some surprises from last night’s schedule? Well, there are definitely a few things in here that we did not predict going into this week. For example, we pictured “The X Factor” flopping like a fish after premiering weak, and now facing more competition; instead, it drew a season-high 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which to us suggests that people just did not realize that the show was even on last week. On a week where “Survivor” slid to a 2.3, this was enough for it to fare pretty well. We’d said it was #1 at 8:00 p.m., but since its ratings are for the two hours there is no way to prove that.
Elsewhere, we also had a shocker in “Law & Order: SVU” starting off with a stunning 2.7 rating for a franchise that looked on its last legs. Was this all thanks to the nature of the episode? Maybe, but it built pretty dramatically on “Revolution,” which started season 2 with a 1.8 that matched its previous series low. (Still, we expected even worse given the lack of a “Voice” lead-in.)
Over on ABC, “Back in the Game” started off okay with a 2.2, which kept most of the lead-in around for “The Middle.” The bigger surprise to us is “Modern Family” losing so many of its viewers year to year. A 4.1 vs. a 5.5 last year is proof that this show has lost a step or two from the monster it used to be. Meanwhile, “Nashville” dropped down to a 2.1 rating that is, like “Modern Family,” acceptable but down a good margin from what it was previously.
The biggest things to watch here will come with the “Super Fun Night” premiere next week, along with seeing if “The X Factor” plummets after baseball puts it on hiatus, as it often does with many other shows on Fox.
In case you missed it, click here to read our full review for the “Back in the Game” premiere.