After so many duds this season, you start to root for a new ABC show to open. Upcoming drama Resurrection now remains the network’s last and only hope after back-to-back disappointments from the launches of drama Mind Games and comedy Mixology this week. Last night’s debut of Mixology (1.8 in adults 18-49) ranked as ABC’s lowest-rated comedy premiere this season and the third lowest overall for a Monday-Thursday comedy, only behind NBC’s now defunct Welcome To The Family (1.1) and Sean Saves The World (1.4). And that’s with one of the best comedy lead-ins on television, Modern Family, marking the lowest-rated debut following ABC’s flagship comedy. Yes, Modern Family is not the ratings powerhouse it used to be, with last night’s episode (3.1) down 11% from the last original to a season low. But still, Mixology‘s premiere rating was down a big 38% from the short-lived How To Live With Your Parents that premiered behind Modern Family last spring. The rest of ABC’s series also were down from their pre-Olympics originals. The Middle (1.8) was down 18%, Suburgatory (1.5) down 12% and Nashville (1.2) down 8%, all tying season lows.
The power of Dick Wolf. The man can leverage his shows like nobody’s business. With one of his trademark crossovers last night, veteran Law & Order: SVU (2.0) rose 11% from its last original three weeks ago. But it was rookie Chicago P.D. (2.2) that benefited the most, shooting up 29% from its last original to a series high. Wolf already has planned another major crossover this season that would involve all three of his NBC series, including Chicago Fire, and with numbers like last night’s expect a lot more of that to come. At 8 PM, Revolution (1.3) was flat with its last fresh episode a month ago.
No boost for Fox’s American Idol. The first live show of the season drew a 2.6, even with last Wednesday’s fast national despite the fact that it had to face the Olympics last week.
Meanwhile, CBS’ Survivor is still going strong in its 28th (!) season. The veteran reality series licked off its new cycle last night with a 2.5 in 18-49, up a tenth from its spring premiere last season and down a tenth from its fall opener. A two-hour Criminal Minds (2.3) was down 8% from last week. The CW’s Arrow (0.9) was down a tenth from its last original; The Tomorrow People (0.5) was flat.
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