ABC’s new animated special Toy Story of Terror (let’s consider that exclamation point optional), dominated 8 p.m. in the ratings last night and ranked second only to ABC’s Modern Family as Wednesday’s top-rated show among adults 18-49.
Toy Story had 10.3 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in the demo, beating all rivals including Fox’s baseball coverage. The return of Buzz and Woody ranks as TV’s highest rated animated special in two years (yes, even beating those insanely well-rated Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s a Great Pumpkin repeats). Yet even with this big lead-in, new sitcom Back in the Game was unchanged from last week, proving you can lead a horse to water, but can’t make it watch James Caan as a sitcom dad.
ABC’s Modern Family was basically steady, freshman comedy Super Fun Night fell 16 percent and Nashville was up 6 percent. Fox’s live ALCS Game 4 coverage was up 71 percent this year, though that’s an approximate percentage.
On CBS, Survivor, Criminal Minds and CSI were all roughly on par with last week.
On NBC, Revolution fell 7 percent from last week to a new all-time low, Law & Order was up a bit and new police drama Ironside quit dropping — but stopped at a 1.1 rating, tying The CW’s Arrow.
Speaking of which, The CW’s hooded crusader notably improved upon last week’s premiere, up 22 percent among 18-49, yet new drama
Pretty People with Powers The Tomorrow People fell a tenth.