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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  • Scandalicious

    I am confused by the Nashville rating. Did it get a 1.6 or an x? :) No matter what, I wish it would rise a little.

    I am sad to see Arrow and The Tomorrow People drop! Baseball must have hurt them. Maybe they will adjust up? Still sold for The Middle, Modern Family, Survivor, Criminal Minds and CSI. I am glad Revolution stayed solid (even against the World Series) but I wish it would rise a little. I realize Back in the Game and Ironside were facing some stiff competition but still their ratings are pitiful. I am really surprised Super Fun Night is up from last week!

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Criminal Mimes! I got suckered into watching the 300th CSI last night, and it was pretty good.

    If Revolution can just maintain its ratings…. Come on, SVU, you’ve gotta keep chugging.

    Good ratings for the WS, especially considering it was a blowout.

    The C Bear finally feasted on Sergeant Ironside after last night’s episode.

  • Baseball4Ever


  • Andy

    NBC got crushed.

  • senor chang

    everything last night except for Super Fun Night and CSI was down.

    network by network…

    NBC: Revolution has found its floor, even if it adjusts down a tenth from here. yikes at SVU. I understand it was against baseball but I thought it’d hold better as a veteran show. Ironside has earned its cancellation.

    ABC: not great for Back In The Game but it’s doing no worse than what The Neighbors was doing behind The Middle (at least from a relative ratings standpoint). of the four ABC comedies this season, it’s shown the most stability. looks like Super Fun Night has found its floor, too. what it does when it moves to a different slot is the real question, but it’s living up to expectations as of now. decent showings for the two veteran comedies.

    CBS: expected drop for Survivor against baseball and strong for both dramas.

    CW: yikes, The Tomorrow People took a tumble. anybody who had Reign slated as an immediate cancellation should think twice because things could look different by the end of the fall. good for Arrow.

  • Michael

    World Series will hurt Arrow way more than the other networks, since they both are aimed at male audiences. If TTP doesn’t pick up tho, Arrow’ll be paired with the Flash next season.

  • Dave

    TTP should not get a back order but if it does, it should be 5-6 episodes so that The CW can premiere The 100 behind Arrow.

  • jupiter3765

    super fun night semes to have stabalized

  • Wright

    It’s not a competition between Reign and TTP. They will probably both be down this week because of the World Series. :) Revolution!!!

  • RayX

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

    so, if rating for one episode fall, then it automatically means cancellation? unless it fall futher, i don’t see any harm will fall for this show.

  • starship

    I think TTP might still get a full season, but I have a feeling it won’t see a second season. Whereas, Reign might actually surprise people and get a renewal along with The Originals (depending on how The 100 and Star-Crossed do in mid-season, of course).

  • Dylan

    Revolution is probably not going to be canceled, and I’ll tell you why.

    – Hasn’t gone below 5 million viewers ever.
    – Has the second highest DVR rate for all NBC shows (Making the show consistently have 8m +)

    and the biggest factor is..


    10pm will boost Revolution ratings tremendously, if this happens, the show will likely not get canceled.

    It is still in the tops of NBC Drama.

  • Melanie

    Uh oh for the Tomorrow People. I can’t say I’m surprised though – I’m having a little trouble getting into it myself.
    I’m thinking that baseball hurts Arrow — isn’t it the more male skewing of the CW shows?
    Revolution staeady so yaay? But at a 1.4? Not much tocheer about there.
    Poor Ironside – dead show walking . . . .

  • Potato

    I still call tomorrow people safe since it fell along with arrow, not in spite of arrow.

  • Weklim

    Thought that Arrow was great last night, they are doing a lot better this year quality wise. It makes me wish it was paired with Supernatural again.

    The Tomorrow People lost me last night, I think viewers are starting to lose interest. The actors and character besides Mark P. are just not that interesting.

  • Dan

    POI is CBS’s top 10pm drama again. Nice.

  • Me

    :( TTP
    It’s a really good show. One of thw best new shows around and last night was pretty solid. Oh well…

  • gerry

    so much down last night. weird for a wednesday… hopefully november will have the usual upticks for sweeps….

  • Russ

    Everything was a bit down, and look at the state of Monday’s on the CW. It’s not time to worry about Tomorrow People yet; CW only cancels maybe 2-4 shows a year anyway.

    Side note, I’ve never been more excited for the future of Arrow.

  • jupiter3765

    i guess the baseball is hurting everyone

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