8:52am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Survivor' Returns to Premiere Low
Survivor kicked off its 32nd cycle on Wednesday night, and while the reality competition remains a ratings force — it topped American Idol as the night's most watched — it's eying an all-time low for a premiere.
The 90-minute episode averaged a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.35 million viewers. In the key demo, that's off half a point from the previous two cycles airing in 2015. After a Big Bang Theory repeat, a new Code Black averaged a steady 1.2 rating among adults 18-49.
Modern Family was the only ABC series off on Wednesday. Also the highest-rated series of the night with its 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, it was down two-tenths of a point from the previous week. The Middle (1.9 adults), The Goldbergs (1.9 adults), Black-ish (1.8 adults) and American Crime (0.8 adults) were all steady.
American Idol was solid in the key demo against the increased reality competition, pulling a 2.0 rating with adults 18-49 and averaging just shy of Survivor with 8.2 million viewers. Meanwhile, at 9 p.m., Hell's Kitchen slipped down to just a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49.
NBC broadcast original episodes of its drama block, each of which fell from the prior week: The Mysteries of Laura (1.0 adults, down two-tenths), Law & Order: SVU (1.6 adults, down three-tenths) and Chicago P.D. (1.6 adults, down four-tenths).
Both Arrow (0.9 adults) and Supernatural (0.8 adults) held on The CW.