Last night was a decent night for everyone, but especially for NBC. Revolution isn't doing too hot, but Law & Order: SVU's 15th season pulled off a semi-miracle and edged out former champ CSI.
Somewhere at 30 Rockerfeller Plaza, the NBC executives are popping bottles of expensive champagne and clapping each other on the back. A spectacular 9.5 million viewers tuned in for the two hour season 15 premiere of the new and improved SVU, pushing it above Nashville (6.62 million viewers) and CSI (8.96 million) among both youth and the general population. For perspective, the last time over 9 million people watched SVU was January 5, 2011, during season 12. Or, put another way, CSI's spring finale had almost 3 million more viewers than SVU's. Put one more way, someone at CBS is probably clutching a framed and autographed photo of the CSI cast and crying.
This time last year Revolution had so much promise. Over 11.65 million viewers tuned in for the premiere, and it had a decent share of the 18-49 demo. Flash forward to last night, and, well, yeah. Just over 6.8 million people tuned in for the premiere, which is a bigger audience than the show's season one finale mustered up (6.17 million), but just barely.
ABC's Back in the Game did pretty well with 7.78 million viewers — more than Revolution — which means that people watched it, but why? Ex-softball star turns coach to team of little league misfits — it sounds like Bad News Bears with less swearing.