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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  • Charmed

    TTP will be in trouble soon. Good for SFN, ok for Nashville, very steady

  • DenverDean

    SVU down from it’s very special premier (2.7) to (1.4). Guess the Weiner ripped-from-the-headlines epsiode didn’t resonate with audiences at all. CM is now almost doubled up on SVU.

    CBS held pretty well against baseball for a change.

  • Ted Craig

    And SFN was a better choice than How To Live with Your Parents why again? Note to ABC, if CBS passes on a show, they have a good reason.

  • Clarke

    Yikes…I thought the 100th episode of The Middle would do much better. Back in the Game should be cancelled…even the Neighbors did better in that timeslot last season.

    It’s nice to see CSI with over 10 million viewers again. Last night’s 300th episode was great…I hope the show continues for many more years.

  • omabin


    Can we have halves for Revolution, Arrow and TTP, please?

  • Alberto

    I am very upset about The Tomorrow People’s ratings. I can only hope that Reign falls even lower tonight so that TTP can be safe for a second season. Loving that show.

  • Avery

    Super Fun Night back in the competition

  • hammard

    ABC: The early part of the evening is down. Back in the Game is the only one in danger. Super Fun Night seems to be stabilising

    CBS: Another week, another one that is largely solid one.

    CW: Tomorrow People ouch! Have to keep an eye on that. With Arrow down 2 tenths as well it may be a temporary hit but it could just as easily be a sign of something more.

    NBC: Still a bit of a tragic night. Now the ever reliable Law and Order SVU is coming down (once again I wonder if this is temporary or a bad sign). Can Chicago PD help raise it all up? If not then Revolution will certainly be gone.

    I suspect the World series is forcing the rest of the night down. However, is this going to permanently damage some shows as a result?

  • Wright

    Ratings aren’t good because of the World Series no matter what show you watch. We won’t be able to tell how any of the shows are doing until the World Series is over.

  • j

    The elderly-home skewing CBS dramas remain unbothered.

  • jonay

    Why are broadcast networks so dumb why air new episodes if they know the world series is going to be on?? it like wtf

  • WHugoP

    If Reign doesn’t fall this week, Tomorrow People probably will be cancelled.

  • steven

    Why so low for ttp it was amazing yesterday episode

  • jupiter3765

    could next season be the last for svu

  • Janus

    Well Revolution stopped it’s incremental slippage…if it stays here or goes up a .1 or .2 then it’s a pure bubble show. With the weak NBC slate…Revolution has a chance.

  • Michael

    Wasnt’t HAPPY ENDINGS pulling better numbers than this on Wednesdays after MF? I find SFN rather boring.

  • John A

    TTP will get a full season i expect as long it dont drop again. Look at how far SVU has fallen since the premiere.

  • Oliver

    The World Series took a chunk out of everything else on the night.

  • Ted Craig

    Do people really think a 2.2 is good for SFN? History of shows following MF says its not.

  • Corey

    Nashville has a very loyal audience…it is a great show…and it is getting better and better…can’t wait until next week.

    I think SVU is almost done with its run….I can’t imagine how expensive it is to produce, too.

    Super fun night…Good numbers…but it lost so many viewers from its lead in…that might be bad.

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