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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  • thesnowleopard

    Nice to see Arrow up. As much fun as it was to see Supernatural win the network last week, it’s best if it’s neck and neck with some of the other younger shows actually being successful for the network. Can’t get any more Supernatural if the whole network tanks.

    Besides, I still kinda like Arrow. Though I had to miss last night.

    TTP seems to be this year’s Beauty and the Beast.

    Revolution is tanking hard. Well, that didn’t take long. Anybody who thinks it’s going to do better back at 10pm, with two hours less in which to get same-night ratings, is a tiny bit clueless about how ratings work.

  • hanp

    I can only imagine NBC without The Voice (and to some extent Football) – it will be neck-to-neck with CW?!

  • Wright

    If NBC has to decide between Revolution and Parenthood, then I hope they choose Revolution. Parenthood got boring after season 1. Though I do hope they give the show a proper ending.

  • Shepherd

    I would be sincerely shocked if any midseason drama other than chicago PD makes it…

    I can’t wait for Chicago PD to premier. I think I’m the only one who doesn’t see that show as having a chance. I haven’t seen a promo for any of NBC’s other spring dramas yet, but I’d have to imagine at least one doing better.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    @Bella – That was because Kripke lied about it being based on science in the first place. He claimed that Dr. Saltzman vetted and approved the nanites, but the professor said (paraphrasing) that they were “creative” and gave the show “amazing flexibility” which Kripke turned into “possible” and “amazing”. They are pure techno-magic as we could not build anything like them in the next 10K years, certainly not with the technology of today. So he has gone back to a supernatural-type basis, making his initial promise of providing a vetted Sci-Fi show, an even larger lie. He is probably trying to make this appealing to CW, which is where it should have been from the start.

    Tomorrow People is going to be dropping next week. I though Revolution was bad for plot holes, but at least they are varied. TP misused the same plot device (magic watch) over and over, claiming it stops telepathy, but ignoring that fact throughout the entire episode! Sure there were other issues with the episode (why the kid does not use telepathy on the humans in ‘Ultra’ to discover their plans, etc.), but they pale in comparison to the watch.

    If that is going to be the quality control for TP, I can see why some are talking about it being viable as long as it can stay above 0.5. I would not be surprise to see it drop to 0.7 next week. I will give it one more episode, to see if it improves, but for episode two, that was pretty bad.

  • skyfi

    “Grimm had a 1.2 on a friday – it’s kinda excusable. Revolution at 1.4 on a Wednesday is not. Mark my words: It’ll get cancelled if it doesn’t rise back to 1.7 or higher.” (dantas)

    Grimm was doing the same on mondays (after olympic!), on tuesdays (after voice!) and on thursdays. Sorry, friday is not a excuse.

  • Ultima

    I can only imagine NBC without The Voice (and to some extent Football) – it will be neck-to-neck with CW?!

    No. Last season it had neither during February sweeps and finished fifth behind Univision. However, it was still well ahead of the CW.

    That won’t be an issue this season as the only time they’ll be without any programming capable of pulling Voice-like ratings will be for two nonconsecutive weeks in January.

  • BD

    I agree with a lot of people’s comments about Revolution. I think this season is great but the 8pm timeslot just doesn’t do it for me and so I usually DVR it and end up watching it later. I am sure there are many people who are doing just that but the question becomes is that enough for renewal? I think they should try the 10pm slot to see if that helps. Revolution isn’t a show that can lead off a night I don’t think.

  • Chris

    I like TTP, i think it was a solid 2nd episode. surprised arrow did so well but im happy for the show. hopefully TTP can be adjusted upwards. That means the cw finally has a strong line up tues, wed and if reign can do well (which i doubt), the cw will have 3 full solid nights

  • dantas


    First of all, I said “kinda excusable”. Second, yes, it is. Friday shows do have a certain discount.

    If they didn’t, Fringe, Friday Night Lights & Nikita would all have been cancelled one or more seasons before their actual end.

    Also, if they didn’t, Blue Blood & Grimm would’ve been cancelled too by now.

  • POI15FAN


    Do not joke around and mess with my shows! Surviving Jack is one of my most anticipated shows!

  • Sean

    If Chicago Code did bad and was cancelled early, what makes people think Chicago Pd will be any different. And I thought CC was a very good show….thoughts???

  • LondonTown


    I totally am on board with your proposed schedule, though I am hoping Crisis is a surprise hit, as the trailer looks all kinds of amazing.

  • JamesR

    I don’t know about Revolution anymore. I mean the nanites while out there was an interesting way to to explain the blackout though I wonder how they would have explianed without them. Anyway, now with the nanites reviving Aaron and then the decision to take the power out after they just brought it back up now leaves me to feel off about the show in its entirety. I don’t have faith in the show anymore for it to keep going beyond what it has.

    As far as CW and their shows are concerned, TCD should go as I thought it was dumb in the first place and surprised it lasted as much as it did. BATB might go away if Reign brings in good numbers. TP looks good but it feels like heroes to me. I’ll give it a season before I try it.

    Can someone name me a comedy on any network that has been doing really well this year? I mean sure TCO, MJFS and Goldbergs are doing alright but other than that, no one is doing great. CBS has too many good comedies, NBC can’t keep any, FOX seems to be hit and miss and ABC other than its long favorites is having the same problem NBC has.

    Also, whoever has scheduled the shows other than the CW needs to get their head examined almost every single one especially the ones with NBC and ABC!

  • Brendan

    Ya know, they always put Supernatural up against really good shows on other networks. There is always heavy competition for Supernatural, but they always survive and thrive. Arrow does not have that much competition, except for revolution now. It does well because there is nothing else to watch. I used to watch Arrow, now I don,t because I only watched it waiting for Supernatural to come on. But that is just my opinion and experience.

  • Stacey


    I’ve seen A18-34s regularly posted at TVMI

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    I’ve boycotted every new abc show since they cancelled V and Detroit 187.

    I loved Detroit 1-8-7! And V! I’ve boycotted ABC to an extent too, though I watch (record) LMS because I love Tim Allen, and I also record SHIELD. And I’ve just recently started following Castle after catching it in syndication.

  • One eye

    Revolution is not bad this season, too bad about the ratings

  • nibehlung

    ARROW finally proves that it doesn’t need boring Supernatural to support itself.

  • thesnowleopard

    In Arrow’s defense, Toy Story, Survivor and baseball were still healthy competition, even if they didn’t match the brutal free-for-all SPN faced on Thursday nights. I think Arrow’s got a fairly dedicated audience and it still gets the highest audience on the network. They just tend to skew pretty old.

    Yeah, ’cause The Tomorrow People’s such a fantastic show and SPN’s doing so poorly on Tuesdays, being “boring” and all.

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