CBS Wins Premiere Wednesday in Viewers

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September 26th, 2013

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"Survivor" Wins Time Period in Viewers and Adults 25-54

"Criminal Minds" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" Return with Increases Over Season Finales

CBS won premiere Wednesday in viewers for the fifth time in six years, giving the Network its second consecutive nightly win, as SURVIVOR won its time period in viewers and adults 25-54 while returning CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION notched improvements over their May finales, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Sept. 25.

SURVIVOR was first in viewers (9.41m) and adults 25-54 (3.3/09) and tied for second in adults 18-49 (2.3/07, with ABC and just -0.1 behind FOX).

At 9:00 PM, the ninth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS was  second in viewers (11.29m, -0.16m behind ABC's "Modern Family"), adults 25-54 (3.7/09) and adults 18-49 (2.8/08). CRIMINAL MINDS outperformed last May’s season finale in viewers (from 11.10m, +3%), adults 25-54 from 3.5/9, +6%) and matched in adults 18-49.  CRIMINAL MINDS topped "The X-Factor" in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in the common hour.

At 10:00 PM, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGTION's 14th season premiere was second in viewers (8.96m) and adults 25-54 (2.8/07).  CSI outperformed last May’s season finale in adults 18-49 (from 2.0/06, +5%).

For the night, CBS was first in viewers (9.89m), second in adults 25-54 (3.2/08) and posted a 2.4/07 in adults 18-49.

Editor's Note: Television viewing on platforms such as DVR, video-on-demand and online streaming continues to grow at a fast pace.  Last season during premiere week, Live+7 CBS audiences grew 20% over Live+SD in total viewers, up from 17%  in 2012.  In A18-49, Live+7 levels grew 29% from Live+SD, up from 23% one year ago.  Additionally, many CBS shows experienced as much as a 50% increase in total viewers once full 30-day multi-platform audiences were accounted for.  In an effort to quantify how much non-linear viewing adds to Live+SD audiences, CBS Research will provide estimates for series which will include DVR playback as well as multi-platform viewership.

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  • Robbie Bishop

    “Criminal Minds” was pretty good last night, but like last season’s premiere, it didn’t feel like a premiere. It just felt like another episode.
    And has anyone else noticed that, whenever a “Criminal Minds” season doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, the next season premiere drops significantly? Season 2 didn’t have a major cliffhanger, and season 3 premiered weaker than normal. Same thing with season 7’s finale and 8’s premiere. Then 8’s finale and now 9’s premiere.
    Maybe I’m drawing something from nothing, but it is interesting.

    “CSI” was fantastic, to me. A great and emotional way to start season 14.

  • karin

    but so weak in 18/49..bad week,needs to change asap

  • Bob

    CBS is the best network on TV. 20 million viewers on Tuesday for one show. I think at the very very end of TV, CBS will be the last one standing.

  • Opinador Objetivo

    Criminal Minds has become really boring … Premiere episode was more of the same, nothing new, nothing exciting about it…. It seems the writers just remix pieces from previous episodes to get a new one..

    Reid’s new hairstyle makes him look like a poodle :-)

  • Madelyn

    Criminal Minds has been sooo boring since the whole show is all about how to make more scenes for Moragan’s door kicking.
    Well, I’m joking but it’s so nothing.
    After Mandy left, it should be Dr.Reid to make the show looking like
    a decent crime drama, but Reid -and Hotch- are just less focus season after season.
    They really need to replace the silly writers.
    Or someone should make a spinoff of Reid with Gideon-_-
    I don’t care Reid’s girlfriend or somethin.
    I wanna see an interesting suspence.

    And CBS sucks. I love SVU all the way!


    CBS almost always wins in viewers

  • Teresa Rooker

    Criminal Minds is still the best…… After 9 season is it hard to keep and maintain ratings and yet they always seem to do it. I have watched the show since season 4 and I am still and always will be one of there biggest fans. Congrats on a show where T.V. is lacking so much now days for keeping us entertained….. God bless Actors, Writers, And Staff. Thanks guys.

  • Debra

    @Robbie Bishop

    CM had wanted to do a cliff hanger, But CBS understandably nixed the idea bc so many of the key players contracts were up in the air.

    But I do agree with what you said about the show not ending in a cliff hanger having an effect on the rating of it’s premiere.

    I know that they want season 9 to end in a cliff hanger, but whether or not that pans out remains to be seen.

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