TV Ratings Wednesday: World Series Game 1 Rises as 'Modern Family', 'SVU', 'Back in the Game', 'Survivor' and 'The Middle' Hit Lows

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October 24th, 2013



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.1/11 2.4/7 2.2/6 1.3/4 1.2/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/11 1.4/5 1.7/6 1.1/3 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.73 10.37 6.95 3.22 4.82 2.17

FOX was number  one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for FOX  (World Series)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.


On FOX, Game 1 of the World Series  earned a preliminary 4.1 adults 18-49 rating up  from last year's Game 1 (Detroit vs. San Francisco ) which earned a 3.2 preliminary rating (and rose to a 3.6 in the finals).

On CBS, Survivor earned a series low (excluding recaps/specials) 2.3, down three tenths from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds matched last week's 2.7  adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 2.1, up a tenth from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle earned a season low 2.1, down a tenth from its last original's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Back in the Game earned a series low 1.7, down two tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family garnered a season low 3.8, down three tenths from last week's 4.1 adults 18-49 rating. Super Fun Night notched a 2.2, up a tenth from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville matched last  week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Revolution tied last week's series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Law and Order: SVU hit a season low 1.4, down four tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.Now-canceled Ironside  earned a 0.8, down two tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Arrow fell to a 0.9, down two tenths from last week's  1.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Tomorrow People also dropped two tenths to a 0.6 from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 23, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX World Series Game 1 (8-10PM) 4.1 11 13.73
CBS Survivor Blood vs Water 2.3 7 9.37
ABC The Middle 2.1 7 8.19
NBC Revolution 1.4 4 5.05
CW Arrow 0.9 3 2.81
8:30PM ABC Back in the Game 1.7 5 6.24
9:00PM ABC Modern Family 3.8 10 10.29
CBS Criminal Minds 2.7 7 11.48
NBC Law and Order: SVU 1.4 4 5.54
CW The Tomorrow People 0.6 2 1.89
9:30PM ABC Super Fun Night 2.2 6 5.96
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.1 6 10.25
ABC Nashville 1.6 4 5.52
NBC Ironside 0.8 2 3.88

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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6 with an encore; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Tom

    @ Sabina

    “S.Amell…bad actor.’

    Hiring good looking actors who can’t act seems to be a CW tradition. For example, Steve/Robbie Amell, Kristin Kreuk, Lyndsy Fonseca and (coming your way soon) Aimee Teegarden. Whats saved Arrow so far is that the producers have surrounded Steven Amell with a really entertaining group of supporting actors. Last season, the Merlins were portrayed John Barrowman and Colin Donnell. Both of them are excellent stage actors who contributed a great deal to the show’s entertainment value. I’m hoping that the actors hired to replace them this season will do as well.

  • Kenny

    Revolution has such an underdog story, i really thought it wouldn’t last, but its doing fine

  • BigBrotherFan

    Nashville HOLDS STEADY! Well I’m glad it held and I hope it is not adjusted down. These idiots scream NASHVILLE cancelation wake up! Why would ABC cancel NASHVILLE when they have Tuesday @10pm, Tuesday @9pm, Sunday @9pm-11pm to seriously stress about before they even look at NASHVILLE.

    Yawn @ CBS Tired, Old and Unoriginal programing. I watch SURVIVOR but even that is getting OLD and TIRED like EVERYTHING the network generally has to offer. LOL @ the high we viewership of Criminal Minds and CSI Modern Family attracts the same total view ship number as CSI (pretty much) but beats it in the demo almost by double haha Hilarious CBS=Old and Irrelevant

  • Shepherd

    Oh, and HOD will get a short final season to air in the spring a la Nikita this year.

  • dantas


    We’ll have to wait for their premieres to figure things out than.

  • John

    SVU is in trouble because its audience is finally getting fed up with “ripped off from the headlines” cases that mirror liberal talking points and present a completely unrealistic portrayal of violent crime in NYC. The original cast is getting a long in the tooth and even Hargitay’s aging good looks is not enough to stop the loss of viewers.

  • dantas


    It is DEFINITIVELY not doing fine. It WILL get canceled.

  • Hardline_Pro

    What did American Horror Story get in it’s 3rd week?

  • Matt

    Not too bad for ABC. Nice at Nashville and SFN holding steady! The middle did go up in viewers though…

    Knowing SVU this season, it’ll probably adjust up 2+ million viewers.

  • James

    I agree ABC needs to move the Goldbergs after the Middle. Back in the Game is way too crude.

  • Robbie Bishop


    Comedy shows tend to attract a younger audience than procedurals, from what I’ve seen. No need to even compare “CSI” and “Modern Family.”

  • Percysowner

    Obviously it would have been better if TTP and Arrow had not dropped. But there’s no way to make a firm prediction until we see if this is a one week thing or a trend. It could be that one or both shows are going into a ratings slump. It could be because of Baseball. It could be a one off. We need to wait and see.

    Although I stopped watching Revolution, it seems to be settling, although I’m not sure if it is settling at a high enough rating to get renewed. However NBC has other problems, so Revolution might squeak in a renewal depending on the rest of the schedule.

  • Russell

    ABC should cancel Back In The Game and replace it with The Goldbergs and move Super Fun Night to Friday after Last Man and replace Fun Night with Trophy Wife. Nashville is not doing anything at 10:00 and should be moved to another night. I don’t see a season 3.


    NBC should move Chicago Fire bact to 10:00 after SVU and replace Revolution with Parenthood. Parenthood’s spot could always go to Hannibal and Revolution should move to Friday at 10:00 after Dracula flops.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I usually don’t have any problems with headlines, but when I saw ‘Modern Family and The Middle hit lows’ it scared me. I thought you meant series lows, like Thanksgiving Eve 2009 lows of 1.6 and 2.7 respectively. The Middle returned after a week break only a point down. I’d say that is pretty good.

  • dantas


    ABC won’t move The Goldbergs. And it will get canceled by May 2014 if it doesn’t climb back to the 1.8 mark and stay above it.

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt,

    The headlines in this site are always referring to the present TV season. So when “A Show Hits Lows”, it means that it got a 2013-2014 season low.

    Unless it says “Show Hits Series Low”. When this happens, you better start praying to the Syndication Gods…

  • AllOfHerTw!st


    Danm kids; get off my lawn!

    BITG had tough sledding being against the WS, given its premise.

  • Dan

    Will Fox renew the World Series for another season?

  • dantas


    Yes, even if it had hit only a 2.0.

  • diana

    do you even watch scandal or nashville or do you just like to make revenge look bad seriously grow up

  • Tyler

    Can you imagine what would happen if the CW joined the Superbowl rotation. It’s ratings as a network would go up like 500%.

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