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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  • Carl

    @Simon, I’m not too sure if Arrow and Tomorrow People are that great together. Arrow seems a little more gritty, whereas Tomorrow People is more of the pretty face.

    @r0ckmypants, thank you! I really appreciate that. And my parents thank you in absentia.

  • jupiter3765


  • Setheriel


    Revolution lost most of its viewers last season to the jaw droppingly stupid storyline after the hiatus. Nanites? Really? May as well have said ‘baby Jesus turned the lights off’.

  • Skylar James

    Suburgatory should’ve always been at 8.30

  • Midnight

    Glad to see Arrow up, and The Tomorrow People held up reasonably well. The CW is in much better shape this season.

    Super Fun Night isn’t going to get pulled with these numbers. It would have to be doing worse than Back In The Game to get pulled, although that could still happen…

    The big winner from ABC’s mediocre comedy performance is…SUBURGATORY! I just hope it doesn’t land on Fridays to replace the Neighbors. I would love to see a Wednesday consisting of The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, and Trophy Wife, but I sadly doubt this will happen.

  • Janus

    Ah these Revolution haters are silly–right now Revolution is still a bubble show. It really didn’t drop much from last week and if it adjusts up…there will be no drop. If it stays around 1.5 it could survive especially with NBC’s weakened state.

  • Dan S

    Now that we know both BITG & SFN can’t hold onto their large lead ins it’s time to move them or dump them. ABC needs to move Goldbergs to 8:30 & return Suburgatory at 9:30p. SFN could go to Tues & BITG to Fri replacing Neighbors.

  • Charmed

    Does Super Fun Night have a chance? :(

  • TimsDale4ever

    MF had an exceptional episode last night! I’m sort of surprised it skews young being the show is primarily about older/adult people. The very young actress who plays the gay guys daughter is brilliant!…. I still think that’s a pretty good rating for SFN and last night’s episode was very good.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Steven – Did you not notice things like Rachel is not regenerating, that Miles used his re-broken hand to flip over the fence (twice), that the guards that ambushed him magically appeared, the million jump-cuts they now use for action sequences, that magic nanites, and the new addition for this episode – really grainy video?

    Plot holes, plausibility, and writing (especially dialogue) are it’s greatest weaknesses. The acting was bad in the first season, but much better in the second, so that is no longer a reason. But the rest is why people are leaving.

  • hammard

    Woah I didn’t mean to start a fandom war! I am a fan of both shows (in fact I hang out more in SPN fandom than Arrow) and both are doing very well. I was merely raising an eyebrow at some of the comments last week such as:
    “Now do you believe us when we told you that SUPERNATURAL was going to slay Arrow, this 9 year old show is hunting and kicking bitches. Arrow for all its promotions flopped”

    No intention of insulting fans.

  • Carmen

    I watched all the episodes so far of the ABC “filler comedies”.

    I want Back in the Game to succeed because of Maggie Lawson. James Caan I can take or leave. He’s not too bad, but . .. eh.

    I do have real concerns, however, about if they can keep this premise going for any length of time at all. It already seems to be losing steam quickly. They will have to change direction soon. It already shows signs of languishing in its favorable spot the same as other more recent shows have done (e.g. Better With You, The Neighbors, Suburgatory)

    I forced myself to watch the first 3 episodes of Super Fun Night. The first week premiere was (in my view) horrible.
    The 2nd episode was better, but last nights was a step back. Not as bad as the premiere, but definately worse than week 2.

    I would suggest to ABC that they move Trophy Wife to one of these Wednesday spots.

  • Mark

    Cue the weekly Revolution fan mantra: ” As long as it stays at this rating and doesnt drop any further, it should get another season.” Stay tuned next week for more of the same comments as Revolution continues its freefall. How soon until Arrow surpasses it?

  • r0ckmypants

    @Diana – “Arrow will lose at least a tenth or two with the final ratings.”

    Why? Because you’re crazy?

  • James

    How in the world is NBC going to renew Ironside with a 1.1 demo and less than 5 millions viewers? It’s dead. I’d be surprised if it airs all of its episodes.

  • Scandalicious

    A solid night across the board – minus the series low for Revolution :( I was kind of hoping to see Back in the Game fall a little more. Super Fun Night is not faring much better than The Goldbergs so maybe ABC will finally see they need to move their Tuesday comedies to Wednesdays! I am also glad to see Modern Family and Nashville up!

    Another solid night for the CW! Arrow up and The Tomorrow People pretty steady! That is great news. I am interested to see how Reign does tonight. I actually think CW was smart to put two shows they knew weren’t going to do super well (Beauty and the Beast and Heart of Dixie) on Mondays against such major competition. The rest of their lineup has really been very solid.

  • Diana

    No because Arrow sucks!!

  • Shepherd


    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

    ABC doesn’t care if the chances of a new show failing in that time slot are high. They’d rather gamble on that new show being a hit than continue throwing money at a dead horse. see Last Resort and Wonderland.

  • Skylar James

    @Midnight: Trophy Wife is a terrible sitcom, doesnt deserve the post MF slot.

  • Charmed

    @James If Hannibal can get another season, Ironside at least has a chance

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