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OCT
11
2 YEARS

TV Ratings: 'Nashville' Extinguishes 'Chicago Fire,' 'Arrow' Opens Huge for CW

ABC's new country drama premieres just 15 percent shy of last year's "Revenge" debut but wins the 10 p.m. hour. -- and The CW's comic book hero gives the network its best telecast in three years.

Nashville Episodic Chicago Fire Episodic Split - H 2012
ABC/KATHERINE BOMBOY-THORNTON; NBC

A new episode of X Factor topped Wednesday night for Fox. The two-hour episode pulled a 3.4 rating with adults 18-49, down a tenth of a point from last week but even with fast affiliates, and 9.4 million viewers.

ABC pulled in second for the night, with the most noteworthy outing being the 10 p.m. premiere of Nashville. The country music drama entered Revenge's old time slot down 15 percent from its predecessor's premiere last year but it did post stronger retention. The show earned a 2.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers for an easy win in the hour. Not in Nashville's favor was its retention in the second half hour. The show went down a half of a point.

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Elsewhere on the alphabet, The Middle grew nine percent to a 2.4 adults rating while The Neighbors was even with a 1.9 in the demo. Two episodes of Modern Family earned a 4.7 and 4.9 rating, down 15 and 11 percent, respectively, from their premieres two weeks ago. ABC averaged a 3.2 adults rating and 9.4 million viewers.

Averaging a 2.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers for the night, CBS started the night with a a drop for Survivor. The episode was down 13 percent to a 2.6 rating with adults 18-49. Criminal Minds, down just a tenth of a point, pulled a 3.0 rating with adults 18-49. And at 10 p.m., CSI grew a tenth of a point from its opener, despite new competition, posting a 2.6 adults rating.

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Animal Practice fell to a 1.1 adults rating on NBC, falling 15 percent from last week. Guys With Kids suffered a similar drop (13 percent), pulling a 1.4 rating in the demo. Law & Order: SVU was down 14 percent from its recent premiere and put out a 1.8 adults rating. And at 10 p.m., the premiere of Chicago Fire, while soft with a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49, improved on its lead. The network averaged a 1.6 adults rating and 5.5 million viewers.

On the CW, Arrow's debut pulled in a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.02 million viewers, making it the network's best premiere since The Vampire Diaries and the most-watched telecast in three years. It actually tied NBC's showing for the hour in the demo and total viewers, a rare feat. At 9 p.m., without debate competition, Supernatural's second episode was up to a 1.0 rating. The network averaged a very solid 1.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers.

Univision averaged a 1.5 in the demo for the night.