TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Arrow' Returns Down From Last Year's Premiere, 'Super Fun Night' Slides + 'Ironside' Goes Lower

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October 10th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.3/7 2.2/6 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.8/6 1.9/7 1.0/3 1.1/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.713 7.229 7.141 5.614 3.109 2.508

ABC and CBS tied for number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.2, down a tenth from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Back in the Game scored a 1.7, down two tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family earned a 3.8, down four tenths from last week’s 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. Super Fun Night notched a 2.5, down seven tenths from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville earned a 1.7, down two tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.4, down three tenths from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds earned a 2.6, down a tenth from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 1.9, down two tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating and tying its series low.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.2, down two tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Revolution hit a new series low with a 1.5, down a tenth from last week's series low 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were spot on!  Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.6, down four tenths from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Ironside scored a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, the season two premiere of Arrow earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down from last year's 1.3 adults 18-49 premiere rating but even with the 0.9 that last year's finale earned. The series debut of The Tomorrow People earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, which matches the premiere ratings for Supernatural last year in the timeslot.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 9, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Survivor Blood vs Water 2.4 8 9.46
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.2 6 7.14
ABC The Middle 2.2 7 8.12
NBC Revolution 1.5 5 5.37
CW Arrow -P 0.9 3 2.68
8:30PM ABC Back in the Game 1.7 5 6.44
9:00PM ABC Modern Family 3.8 11 10.43
CBS Criminal Minds 2.6 7 10.90
NBC Law and Order: SVU 1.6 4 5.37
CW The Tomorrow People -P 0.8 2 2.34
9:30PM ABC Super Fun Night 2.5 7 6.67
10:00PM CBS CSI 1.9 5 8.78
ABC Nashville 1.7 5 5.86
NBC Ironside 1.1 3 5.23

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.5/7.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/6.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.8/6 in metered-market households and a 0.8/5 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters..


Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • HGFM

    “Last year SVU averaged 1.7. Also, the 3rd episode last year also got a 1.6. Maybe it is in trouble, but no more so than last year.”

    Except last season when that happened SVU was NBC’s #1 drama with those ratings. That’s not the case anymore.

  • Shantal

    About X-Factor –

    Joe Adalian ?@TVMoJoe 7m

    X FACTOR easily wins every half-hour it is on among A18-34, save for 9 p.m. vs. MODERN FAMILY. Expensive flop? Or expensive utility?

  • dantas


    Revolution was NBC’s #1 drama last season.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Acronyms can be annoying.
    Especially when people say BB

    Blue Bloods?
    Breaking Bad?
    Big Brother?
    Bob’s Burgers?

  • Walton

    (Last night’s Arrow rocked,Oliver Queen is no longer “The Hood”,he has officially taken the name of ARROW (The Green Arrow, if you perfer)now the show can really start to open up the “DC Universe” on television,this show is way better than Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.,IMO,and hopefully the ratings will rise as the new season progresses)

    Ah the bringing in superheroes gimmick, that isnt going to work either. The problem with Arrow is just that its poorly written, I think bringing in more superhero characters unnecessarily will just increase its downslump further.

    Agents of Shield is getting better and growing. It already is better than Arrow the way I see it and it can only get better. We got a full season now, and this is whedon, the magic will kick in with time.

  • dantas

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt,

    some people even use BB for “Beauty and the Beast”…

  • Mike

    is their any chance that if Ironside gets cancelled soon (within a week), that NBC will replace it with one of their mid season dramas??

  • Katherine

    Mike, they wouldn’t want to do that because there would be no chance to promote the new show. If it’s cancelled it’ll be replaced either by news mags or repeats. I suspect it’ll air one more episode before being cancelled but I wouldn’t put near even money on it being cancelled tomorrow on trash day.

    That is unless NBC wants to cancel WTTF first. Which it can replace with Community because that wont require much promotion. I don’t think they’d cancel both on the same day.

  • Networkman

    The Wednesday 10pm hour is up for grabs.
    @omabin, I like your NBC schedule. The Blacklist should be moved at midseason to help the night. Law & Order:SVU is no longer able to anchor the night or help launch a new program after it. Ironside did good in terms of viewers, comparable with the other 2 dramas on NBC. But it skews older and that could be just because it is in the 10pm hour.

    AHS help contribute to the damage of the 10pm hour.


    isn’t the problem with revolution if it gets a 3rd season with these numbers, then a 4th season is a must because of syndication?

  • Networkman

    CBS: I really wish the network would of tried the Beverly Hills Cop show. Anyways, this should be the final year that CSI remains behind Criminal Minds. CSI should definitely be moved to Friday next year for its final season.

    CW: The Tomorrow People did good. It had great retention out of Arrow. The network has to be pleased.

    ABC: I would of thought Modern Family would have done better considering it was airing its 100 episode. This was a big event that should of been hyped up more. Anyways, ABC’s lineup on this night is causing leaks to be sprung. Back in the Game is horrible. And Super Fun Night is not compatible with Modern Family. In my opinion, the retention out of Modern Family is already poor considering this is just week 2. It is something that viewers come to watch The Middle and then they leave only to return to watch Modern Family.

  • Networkman

    I think Ironside should remain on air for a couple of more weeks. The positive for the show is that it is pulling in similar ratings in terms of viewers to Law & Order:SVU. It has great viewer retention. It just skews older in the 10pm slot. NBC will have to be concerned about Thursday. So Ironside may make it until at least midseason.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Compared with Raymond Burr the current star Blair Underwood pales in comparison.

    Though not literally!

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Tomorrow people, where is your past?
    Tomorrow people, how long will you last?

  • Anon

    I’m surprised CW didn’t put Arrow behind Agents of shield. I mean that is why supernatural ratings were so high. If they put it Tuesday at 9 clock spot, they can get a lot of people comparing the shows on twitter and forums. That can get arrow some new viewers who want more super hero tv shows.

  • Dorothy5334


    I don’t ever recall a time that a network has scheduled a show to be paired with another when they are on different channels..

  • Anon


    I think you might have misunderstood but not pairing them on the same channel. But pairing them in similar time slot. The reason supernatural got such high ratings was because a lot of people who view agents of shield went and then view supernatural. That’s what i did. then i watch person of interest :). That’s what cbs did, they change that time slot hoping people who was viewing agents of shield then went on to view person of interest. That why cbs is the number 1 network they know what they are doing. But it seem like CW is lost. They need to take the fight to abc.

    Other brands do it all the time
    like in video games with protyotype vs infamous
    in movies bugs life vs antz.

    why not arrow vs agents of shield?

  • Christian

    ^That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

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