ABC's singles comedy "Mixology" opened to lackluster numbers on Wednesday behind "Modern Family" on a night that also saw year-over-year gains for the season opener of "Survivor" on CBS and series-best numbers for NBC drama "Chicago P.D." thanks to its crossover storyline with "Law & Order: SVU."
Fox narrowly won the night in demos behind "American Idol" (2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), which matched its week-ago series-low score and merely squeaked past CBS' "Survivor" (2.5/7 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall). The reality adventure series, now in its 28th season, was up slightly from the premiere of its year-ago edition and on par with its recent fall opener; last year, "Idol" easily toppled "Survivor" on the night of the CBS show's February premiere (4.3 to 2.4 in 18-49).
Criminal Minds" in a later, 10 p.m. slot (2.3/7 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall), which edged out NBC's "Chicago P.D." (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall), which hit series highs as it and entire NBC lineup returned after two weeks off for the Olympics. "Chicago P.D" has been trending up since its January premiere, and last night effectively used a crossover with "Law & Order: SVU" (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), which was up 11% from its Feb. 11 episode.
Opening Wednesday for NBC was "Revolution" (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), which matched its prior episode of four weeks ago.
ABC's comedy block returned lower, starting with "The Middle" (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and "Suburgatory" (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), with the latter hitting a series low. "Modern Family" more than doubled its lead-in at 9 (3.1/9 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), and was the night's No. 1 program among young adults, but was at a season low and about 20% lower than its February average of last year. At 9:30 p.m., new comedy "Mixology" (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) retained less than 60% of that lead-in to place fourth in 18-49 at 8:30; while the 1.8 was higher than the final seven episodes of "Super Fun Night" in the timeslot, its premiere-night retention was much lower than ABC saw with the Rebel Wilson half-hour in October (76%).
"Nashville" finished the night quietly for ABC (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), running well behind the dramas on CBS and NBC and tying its demo low.
CW's "Arrow" was a bit low (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), while "The Tomorrow People" (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) matched the rating of its prior episode.
In latenight, NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (4.2 household rating/11 share) nearly matched the combined overnight scores of CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" (2.2/6) and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2.1/6); ABC noted that this was Kimmel's closest finish to Fallon in their head-to-head matchups.
Fallon was especially dominant again in adults 18-49, where it earned a 1.7/8 to a 0.6/3 for Kimmel and a 0.5/2 for Letterman in Nielsen's 25 markets with Local People Meters.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.6/8; CBS, 2.5/7; ABC and NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.1/3; CW, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.5/1.
In total viewers: ABC, 10.6 million; CBS, 9.7 million; Fox, 6.8 million; NBC, 5.9 million; Univision, 2.9 million; CW, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.
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'Mixology' Modest, 'Survivor' Up and 'Chicago P.D.' Crossover Scores on Wednesday
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