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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  • Joseph

    Based on the success of the “Toy Story” Halloween special, could a weekly “Toy Story” series follow on ABC’s 2014/2015 Fall schedule??

  • Dorothy5334

    HeadlessHorseman (formerly JacobYates)

    Please don’t mistake me for a hater. I love the Neighbors as much as you do. But if you think Neighbors is getting 2 more seasons. You have another thing coming.
    Actually you posted great reasons why you think that.. In no way did it seem hateful.. You had logical reasoning behind your reason and listed valid reasons why you think this way… More people should follow suit..

  • Ed

    Sad for Revolution, Season 2 has been a lot better than season 1 so far. NBC should think about moving the show back to 10:00 PM midseason to see if it improves. In any case, I hope the writers are aware that this season might be the last and are planning to end the season with some sense of resolution rather than a cliffhanger.

  • Kissan

    If anyone wants to know American Horror Story got a 2.5 in 18-49 demo and CBS, ABC and NBC in the demo for 18-49 and 18-34 demo.

  • Chuck_T

    NBC should put L&O on at 10pm and move Revolution to 9PM.

  • Drama’sfan

    I hope Revolution get’s another season. The show is an amazing thriller and deserves to be on tv longer. Garbage like NCIS and Law and Order and CSi have run their course. It’s all just the same thing over and over. It’s gets really old after awhile. With serial dramas you don’t know how they will end. The only good procedural is Person of Interest

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Criminal Mimes! It increased ratings in its second half hour! That’s a nice uptick for CSI. Hopefully they’ll both adjust up in finals.

    That’s a Revolting situation for Revolution. But given the disasters NBC’s having so far on nights other than Sunday-Tuesday (and even the late hour of Primetime on Wednesday), it may still have a pulse. I imagine the DVR numbers are very high for the show, so hopefully that could be given *some* consideration by the suits. Once again, SVU performs solidly (by NBC standards) after all these years.

    I don’t watch anything on The CW, but I’m happy for Arrow fans.

    Don’t really watch anything on ABC other than LMS, SHIELD, and an occasional Castle.


    dramasfan the question is if nbc gives it a 3rd year it will get a 4th and do they have enough faith in the show for that and ncis is the number 1 show its not going anywhere

  • Russell

    Back In The Game and Super Fun Night are both dead. Nashville’s numbers nothing to talk about. It will not see season 3. Modern Family still pulling good numbers.


    NBC: Horrible night. Cancel Ironside and Revolution to Friday at 10:00 after Dracula flops. This should be last year for L&O:SVU – it’s very weak.

  • Carl

    Sam and Dean, especially early on, were easy to relate to characters. Miles in particular is loathsome and forced. He and Rachel both suck as leads.

  • dantas

    People, let’s put it plain and simple here:

    The Neighbors, Back in the Game and Ironside WILL get canceled.

    IF Revolution doesn’t climb back to the 1.6 – 1.9 range and stay there, it WILL get canceled.

    The Tomorrow People will only be renewed if it manages to hit up to a 0.5 constantly.

    Arrow and Supernatural both are great shows that rate well. Their fans shouldn’t be against each other.

  • tahina

    Super fun night? Tried warching it the first episode.. ugh, Rebel Wilson ain’t funny. Please cancel.

  • Duarte

    The Tomorrow People being in troubles if Reign premiere strong today

  • Jazz

    I think ABC has to rethink some of their dramas like Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Betrayal, Red Widow and Nashville among others. These are largely down and depressing shows and just not fun. They need to redefine drama because they often have good actors and great production value but they all seem to get into moody whiny territory and call that drama. I honestly don’t know what the issue is because many of these shows opened strong and offered something new to viewers but after a while they drag and are no longer fun. I know as a loyal viewer I struggle to hanging on after this happens. I know many site scheduling conflicts with ABC dramas but it’s more than that. A good quality exciting show can handle breaks and go against competition. All their dramas are like this to me. (and I know I referred to some that have been cancelled and will be) They drag and aren’t fun anymore. But, they look great and the people look great. Very shiny. But lacking.

  • Bella Bellini

    Revolution is making me nervous! It might do better with Grimm on Fridays? When does Grimm start?

    Kripke said he wasn’t basing anything on science anymore in Revolution. It’s a solid adventure/action/fantasy show. The critics hated season 1, but they’re all loving season 2. I hope NBC gives the show a chance to wrap things up in season 3.

    Happy about Arrow & The Tomorrow People. The CW is in great shape this year. Let’s see how TVD & Reign do tonight.

  • Ultima

    8:00-Community(final season)
    8:30-Parks & Rec(final season)
    10:00-Parenthood(final season)

    Didn’t NBC just finish SEVENTH last Thursday? The problem is more than one DOA freshman comedy. Most of those shows will be canceled this season, maybe all of them.

  • omabin


    I respectfully disagree. I think these are the Monday-Thursday shows NBC will have next fall:
    – 3 hours of the voice
    – 2 hours of comedies because they just wont give up
    – The Blacklist
    – Chicago Fire
    – Law and Order: SVU
    – Chicago PD
    – 2 new Dramas
    – 1 out of Parenthood/Revolution

    I don’t think TBL can be on during fall because they will need it to bridge the voice hiatus since there will be no Olympics (or alternatively, to address their spring sundays issue). I don’t see them premiering 3 new monday-thursday dramas in the fall, especially as they will need major comedy focus again. So, even assuming that Chicago PD does make it, one out of Parenthood and Revolution would still have a slot.

    I would be sincerely shocked if any midseason drama other than chicago PD makes it, unless given the post voice slot somehow [not counting the friday crossbones]. Sunday dramas are bear food and who knows where the night will even air.

  • dantas

    @Bella Bellini,

    NBC won’t renew Revolution only for another season. It the show gets a third, a fourth is almost guaranteed, for syndication purposes.

    Sincerely, I think NBC will only renew Revolution if it climbs back to the 1.6 – 1.9 range and stays there.

  • dantas


    Between Parenthood and Revolution, I believe NBC will choose over Parenthood.

    Its more cheap to produce and a “farewell season for Parenthood” promotion may bring back some viewers.

  • Shepherd


    The Tomorrow People being in troubles if Reign premiere strong today

    I just don’t see that being true. The CW basically gave up on an hour of Friday programming. If TTP does well (holds at 0.8 or so) and both Reign and TO also do very well, they could easily, and probably would go back to programming both Friday hours and move ANTM to spring or summer instead of airing a repeat program. There’s also a good chance that ANTM may be in its final season, although I’d expect them to replace that with another reality show. I don’t think The CW has ever had to deal with the problem of all of their freshman dramas doing ‘wonderfully’, so it’s hard to say exactly what they’d do. He11, if TTP averages .8-.9 and HOD averages a .3 or below, it’s hard to see them pulling TTP for HOD despite syndication. HOD could get a shorted season a la Nikita, and get moved to spring too. The CW has options.

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