Wednesday TV Ratings: BLACK-ISH Starts Strong; RED BAND SOCIETY and MYSTERIES OF LAURA Drop

     September 25, 2014


The Fall 2014-15 TV season is upon us, which means regular TV ratings roundups have returned to Collider.  While live ratings are becoming less important as DVR playback, VOD, and digital media are transforming the television viewing landscape, they are still the major determining factor in which network shows succeed and fail.  Apologies for the late start this week, but here are the highlights from Wednesday, September 24th:

  • The new ABC comedy black-ish debuted rather strong with a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 10.79 million viewers and retaining a hefty amount of the preceding Modern Family audience.  Might ABC have finally found a strong series to pair with its number one comedy?
  • Fox’s cancer-centric drama Red Band Society fell three tenths in its second week to a 1.0 rating and 3.4 million viewers.
  • NBC’s critically derided The Mysteries of Laura was down half a ratings point in its second week, as the Debra Messing-fronted drama earned a 1.5 rating in the demo and scored 9.9 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, September 24th including Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Nashville, and more.


  • modern-family-the-long-honeymoonThe second season premiere of The Goldbergs garnered a 2.3 rating in the demo and scored 6.97 million viewers.  That’s down from its series premiere 31. Rating, but up considerably from its season one premiere’s 1.5 rating.
  • The season six premiere of Modern Family was the highest rated and most-watched program of the night with a 3.7 rating and 10.93 million viewers.  That’s down from last year’s season premiere rating of 4.2 but even with the season five finale.
  • The season three premiere of the drama series Nashville notched a 1.5 rating in the demo and scored 5.6 million viewers, which follows the trend of being down from last year’s premiere (2.0) but up from last year’s finale (1.3).


  • The Law & Order: SVU season premiere garnered a 2.1 rating and 10.1 million viewers, down six tenths from last year’s season premiere but up from the 1.6 of last year’s season finale.
  • Also down and up was Chicago P.D., which hit a 1.9 rating and 8.4 million viewers versus a 2.0 rating for last year’s premiere and a 1.6 rating for last year’s finale.