TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Criminal Minds', 'Law & Order: SVU', 'Modern Family', 'Arrow' & 'CSI' Rise, 'Revolution' Hits Low, 'Toy Story of TERROR!' Strong

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October 17th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/7 2.4/7 2.4/7 1.4/4 1.2/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.9/6 1.6/5 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.060 7.843 10.089 5.891 3.131 2.589

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

On ABC, the special Toy Story of TERROR! earned a 3.0 up 27 perccent from The Middle’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating in the time period last week. Back in the Game matched last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family garnered a 4.0 up 3 percent from last week’s 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. Super Fun Night notched a 2.1 down 16 percent from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville earned a 1.7 up 6 percent from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor matched last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds earned a 2.7 up 4 percent from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 2.0 up 5 percent from last week's series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, MLB Baseball American League Championship earned a preliminary 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with Sunday’s fast nationals, but up 71 percent from a preliminary 1.4 for last year’s NLCS Game 4 on October 18, 2012.

On NBC, Revolution earned a series low 1.4 down 7 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Law and Order: SVU scored a 1.7 up 6 percent, from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Ironside  matched last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Arrow earned a 1.1, up 22 percent from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49. The Tomorrow People earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 11 percent from last week’s 0.9.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC Toy Story of TERROR! (Special) 3.0/9 10.29
CBS Survivor 2.5/7 9.89
FOX MLB Baseball (8-11PM) 2.4/7 8.06
NBC Revolution 1.4/4 5.39
CW Arrow 1.1/3 3.02
8:30 ABC Back In The Game 1.8/5 6.24
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.0/11 10.85
CBS Criminal Minds 2.7/7 10.95
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7/5 5.39
CW The Tommorow People 0.8/2 2.16
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night 2.1/6 6.02
10:00 CBS CSI 2.0/6 9.43
ABC Nashville 1.7/5 5.75
NBC Ironside 1.1/3 4.91

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

via NBC press note:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's original "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • 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.



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  • Wright

    Revolution needs to focus on Miles and Monroe and get rid of Charlie. Miles and Monroe = Sam and Dean.

  • Kate

    NBC needs to pull Ironside and slot Revolution at 10pm – it’s a 10pm type show, not an 8pm.

    Then I’d move Biggest Loser to Wednesday night and do something else with Tuesday 8pm.

  • Kate

    Also CW is KILLING it this season.

  • Kate

    @Wright – I think that’s exactly what they are doing. Focusing on the bigger narrative rather than Charlie. I don’t think she needs to leave necessarily since she’s definitely taken a back seat to Miles/Rachel/Aaron.

  • Joseph A

    1st CBS , those are really nice numbers all things considered. I found myself watching the MLB and Survivor last night and need to stream the start of the episode (will watch today).

    ABC had great numbers and find myself more then a little surprised at how well Back In The Game is doing. My guilt pleasure of the night , SUPER FUN NIGHT ,, its all wrong but has the feel of a MTV girl series, it works for me.

    NBC Not great numbers but then again I never watch REVOLUTION during the broadcast, I always stream it after the fact.

    FOX , MLB , someone send a memo to the Red Sox that if they throw away innings like the did last night during the bottom of the 2nd that they need not bother walking onto the field ,,

  • Kev

    Oh wow, amazing for Arrow! It just gets better and better but hopefully TTP gets adjusted up.
    CBS – the veterans are doing well, can’t see this schedule changing anytime soon.
    FOX – still up in the air about Super Fun Night.. but may be learning towards cancellation.
    NBC – seriously at this rate, CW may pass them at the 8pm hour..

  • DougF

    I have no interest in Reign but just looked on some usual torrents sites and I didn’t see Reign anywhere. So it premiering in Canada last night will has absolutely no effect on tonight.

  • Shepherd


    Parenthood will have 92 episodes at the end of the season, so it is already past the 88 for syndication. I actually think they are in pretty similar ground. What could tip the balance is the fact that Parenthood is actually owned by NBC but I have no history of that making a difference for NBC (it does for a network like CBS or even ABC comedies); even if it did, if there was a ratings differential between the two of 25% like it was last week, I doubt it is enough to offset it, so it should probably come down to one or the other.

    Thanks for the info. If I had to guess, I’d say that being the more veteran show increases the chances that Parenthood’s ratings hold more steady this year than Revolution. Also, because more episodes would mean a chance at more syndication $, I’d say parenthood probably has the edge. But I do agree with you that those two will be neck and neck until we see more ratings.

  • diane

    I’ve boycotted every new abc show since they cancelled V and Detroit 187. The only show I watch on abc is Dancing with the stars since they cancelled Body of Proof.

  • gerry

    @ potato
    “Arrow and Supernatural are not in competition. There is room on the CW for both. Everyone wins.”

    great theory, but it hasn’t worked in the revenge/scandal madness as of yet, so i doubt its going anywhere anytime soon.

  • Dorothy5334

    No because Arrow sucks!!
    No it doesn’t..

  • Sierra

    @Joseph A: how well BITG is doing? Its doing terribly!

  • Rick


    Sorry, but if ABC shows are failing, it’s not because of some supposed “soap boycott.” You keep repeating this without any evidence or information — as do a few other soap fans.

    BTW, I AM a soap fan — I just don’t believe there’s any truth to this boycott thing.


    kate what do you want them to put against the number 1 show on tv

  • Sierra

    @diane: cool, do you want a medal?

  • Sierra

    ABC should’ve renewed How To Live With Your Parents…

  • Dorothy5334

    I like both Arrow and Supernatural and glad both are doing well.
    So please stop this nonsense war between these two.
    It seems like it never stops..

    @Diana – “No because Arrow sucks!!”

    Oh, so sorry! I forgot that ratings are directly correlated to what you enjoy watching!
    Lol love it..

  • pol

    Are those numbers for The tomorrow people good? I really like the show.

  • Alexa

    I’m a fan of Revolution and think this season is much better than season 1, but with those numbers it’s just not going to see a season 3. I’ll just enjoy the ride this year until the inevitable cancellation.

  • Jack Bauer

    Don’t want REVOLUTION to get canceled and I’m 100% worried about it.

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