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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Sept. 25) -- evolution of Revolution from hit to bomb

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Last season’s biggest new drama hit, at least in the early going, now is poised to become one of the new season’s earliest cancellations.

Revolution’s expiration date may be tolling soon after Wednesday’s dismal Season 2 premiere. On the up side, CBS showed there’s still plenty of juice left in its longstanding Survivor franchise and the followup Criminal Minds. Here are the hour-by-hour breakdowns in the D-FW Nielsen ratings for Night 3 of the 2013-14 season.

7 to 8 P.M.

NBC’s night got off to a near-invisible start with just 82,610 viewers for Revolution. Survivor: Blood and Water won the hour with 247,831 viewers and ABC’s new season launch of The Middle edged Fox’s The X Factor from 7 to 7:30 p.m. by a score of 172,105 viewers to 158,337. X Factor (213,410 viewers then whipped ABC’s new Back in the Game (123,916 viewers) from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Survivor likewise easily won the hour among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds while X Factor tied The Middle for second place in this key demographic before keeping the silver medal to itself opposite No. 3 Back in the Game.

8 to 9 P.M.

CBS’ Criminal Minds had Wednesday’s biggest overall haul with 344,210 total viewers but was nipped by ABC’s competing one-hour Modern Family in the 18-to-49 measurement. The first hour of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU outdrew the second hour of X Factor to take the bronze in both ratings measurements.

9 to 10 P.M.

NBC finished the night strong with 227,179 total viewers for the second hour of Law & Order: SVU. CBS’ season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ran second with 213,410 viewers, with ABC’s return of Nashville a distant third (130,800 viewers) and Fox4’s local newscast lagging with 110,147 viewers.

Law & Order: SVU also took the gold among 18-to-49-year-olds while Fox4’s news moved up two notches into second place while CSI dropped to fourth behind Nashville.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers remained alive in the Wild Card race with another home win against the Astros. The game averaged 151,452 viewers.

Wednesday’s local news derby results went like this: CBS11 edged WFAA8 in total viewers at 10 p.m., but WFAA8 routed its three adversaries among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 piled up another pair of twin wins at 6 a.m. while WFAA8 swept the 6 p.m. competitions. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and Fox4 led among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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