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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  • Charmed

    Nooooo Super Fun Night, it was great last night :( Good for Nashville

  • Hel-luhr


    The site says Nashville is a “toss-up” between renewal and cancellation. I’d agree with that assessment. A 1.7 in this day and age is…..ehh decent…but not spectacular. It’s always going to be a bubble show unless it starts going above a 2.0 IMO. (I watch it and like it by the way.)

  • jupiter3765

    revelution is interesting they should have move it to friday and let dracula air wendesday at 8

  • Carl

    Any guesses on what might adjust up or down?


    carl it was a Halloween special everyone in my loved it. Disney should do thanksgiving and christmas ones also, they would become classics

  • GregP

    ABC should be thinking about a regular prime time Pixar show for next season. It seems like there would be a lot of interest.

    NBC could cash in on that idea too and get a couple of the Dreamworlds cartoons going as primetime series. (Shrek, mega mind, the Croods)

  • Tj

    I agree. I’m a Supernatural fan but happy for Arrow. I want CW to be successful before it ceases to exist. I like tge the ideas for their shows but SPN is the only show I watch on there. Wanted to try cult but it was DOA. Oh Criminal Minds is doink ok. That makes me happy too.

  • Dochas

    I recently caught up on all episodes of Revolution. It’s not a bad show but it’s not jaw-dropping gripping drama either. I’m blaming the mediocrity on Rachel and Aaron. If it were Monroe and Miles leading a resistance, it would be much better. David Lyons is brilliant as a sociopath. I wish they’d change directions with the story, drop some characters and stop separating the hour into 3/4 stories.
    I really don’t want it to be cancelled but I won’t be surprised.

  • Ryan

    I have to chuckle whenever I see someone requesting half hour breakdowns. It just seems like they looking for an excuse why their show went down.

  • PurpleDrazi

    abc is in a lot of troubele because of the soap opera boycott there shows start well but they later decline like crazy

    That doesn’t even make sense. If there was truly a boycott then the shows wouldn’t even start well.

  • jupiter3765

    maybe your right the neighbors did better than what back in the game is now doing

  • chloe

    Suburgatory is going to come back soon

  • E

    Any chance baseball numbers will go up?

  • Carl

    @Marty, do you known how many of the original actors were back? I guess I’ll have to look up to see if it’s coming on again. My parents were fans of the movies, they would have enjoyed watching this.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Revolution drops below what I believe was the critical point (1.5) to 1.4, and Arrow gained where Rev lost. Since they finally displayed the magic that the nanites are (as predicted with Aaron being their King), the two shows have an equally plausible premise in the same genre (fantasy). So I expect Rev to keep dropping and Arrow to keep gaining as long as they are at the same time slot.

    Moving Rev back to a 10 p.m. slot would not save it. It would just dip the numbers further for a few weeks, and in it’s weakened state, it cannot afford that. They have to try and ride it out and hope that someone with a clue comes along to save the show.

  • Kissan

    Toy Story of Terror did really good but Back In The Game didn’t want to take the audience and stayed with the same number. BITG should move to Fridays or get cancelled, it’s doing worse than Neighbors. Modern Family was funny last night and to me it had one of it’s best episodes ever. Glad it went up even if it’s just a little. SFN keeps going down and losing more from MF, this show doesn’t deserve to be on Wednesdays. Nashville was also good last night and I’m hoping one day the ratings go up to a 2.0 again. Good for Arrow going up and tying The Originals for the week. Tomorrow People still doing good and I hope it gets adjusted up in the finals. I really hope Revolution adjusts up but either way it still did better than the whole Thursday line up last week.

    Here’s the Wednesday ratings from two years ago:

    Wednesday October 19,2011


    FOX: World Series-4.2 and 14.17 mill. viewers
    CBS: Survivor-3.3 and 11.4 mill. viewers
    ABC: The Middle-3.0 and 9.13 mill. viewers
    NBC: Up All Night-2.1 and 5.63 mill. viewers
    CW: Ringer(R)-0.4 and 1.14 mill. viewers


    ABC: Suburgatory-3.1 and 8.82 mill. viewers
    NBC: Whitney(R)-1.2 and 4.06 mill. viewers


    ABC: Modern Family-5.7 and 13.04 mill. viewers
    FOX: World Series-4.2 and 14.17 mill. viewers
    CBS: Criminal Minds-3.9 and 13.15 mill. viewers
    NBC: Harry’s Law-1.3 and 8.39 mill. viewers
    CW: ANTM-0.9 and 1.94 mill. viewers


    ABC: Happy Endings-3.0 and 6.81 mill. viewers


    CBS: CSI-2.6 and 10.79 mill. viewers
    ABC: Revenge-2.5 and 7.99 mill. viewers
    NBC: SVU-2.2 and 7.66 mill. viewers

  • queeneeuq

    Whoever thought that The Neighbors would be cancelled first must be high on something. I thought Super Fun Night is going to survive the winter but lo and behold. Imagine, Modern Family grew yet the show behind it fell.

    Even Back in the Game’s numbers sucks. It’s back in the drawing board for ABC.

  • Simon

    Goo ”Arrow’! I think we can say that a 3rd Season is a very safe bet.. Good for ‘The Tomorrow People’ too, MUCH better companion for ‘Arrow’

  • Charmed

    Nashville has a better chance at renewal than some are giving it, what else could pull a 1.7 in that time slot? A new show would be an almost guaranteed flop, and I doubt they would put a highly rated veteran there and watch it fall to the low 2’s-high 1’s

  • steven

    Can someone explain to me why revolution is dropping so much its such a great show and I hope it can get renewed for a 3rd season … is it possible a different time slot may help?

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