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.



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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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  • Ted Craig

    Some comparison for SFN:

    Last Oct. 25, Suburgatory delivered a 2.7.

    On April 11, How to Live… delivered a 2.5 following a 3.8 MF.

    Let’s see how SFN does after an MF rerun. I doubt it will be pretty.


    They brought back Marg Helgenberger. Honestly I think CBS should announce the 15th season of CSI will be its last and bring back all fan favorites. Gie the fans a huge series finale. These are great season 14 numbers.

    ABC IMO is a mess its crazy they cancelled Body of Proof and it was higher then all of their fall shows. I hope ABC brings it back. ABC needs help. It needs to redo their scheduling. Whoever is scheduling ABC is horrible.

  • K

    CW’s two male-skewing series hurt by the World Series clearly. Will be interested to see if TVD and Reign get affected during tonight’s game…

  • RyanCanada

    I hope TTP adjust up, that is such a good show and im loving it.

  • feinn

    Wow cw sprung a leak at wed 9pm. …the 100 found its spot for midseason…hope cw stops messing around and orders a full season of originals today

  • David Howell

    Ouch TTP. It was on the brink of a 0.9 last week too. How many weird week three drops have we had this season??

    Very surprised SFN is actually increasing its MF retention. Not so surprised BITG fell with a weaker lead-in and sports competition.

  • fourat sakka

    half hours please for revolution !!

  • jupiter3765

    ironside sucks

  • riley

    The middle for some reason is skewing very old this season. I would be very curious to see how an episode of the middle would preform after modern family.

    This is what I think the midseason schedule should be:

    8:00: The middle
    8:30: The goldbergs
    9:00: Modern family
    9:30: Trophy wife
    10:00: Revenge

    *I think abc needs to ditch their tuesday 9:00 comedy block and their sunday night scripted dramas and put them else where. This is what I think the schedule should be midseason.

    8:00: Dancing with the stars
    10:00: Nashville *this show is doomed anyways so they might as well try it after dancing with the stars

    8:00: The Bachelor
    10:00: Castle

    8:00: Shield
    9:00: Once upon a time
    10:00: Resurrection

    8:00: The middle
    8:30: The Goldbergs
    9:00: modern family
    9:30: Trophy wife
    10:00: Revenge

    8:00: Shark tank
    9:00: Scandal
    10:00: Grey’s anatomy

    8:00: Last man standing
    8:30: Back in the game
    9:00: Suburgatory
    9:30: Super fun night
    10:00: 20 20

  • Jane

    World Series throws every thing off.
    Except me I don’t care who wins.

  • Sarah

    Arrow half hours:

    2.86 million viewers (18-49: 0.9/3)
    2.77 million viewers (18-49: 0.9/2)

    Revolution half hours:

    5.10 million viewers (18-49: 1.4/4)
    5.00 million viewers (18-49: 1.3/4)

    The Tomorrow People half hours:

    1.88 million viewers (18-49: 0.6/2)
    1.89 million viewers (18-49: 0.6/2)

  • r0ckmypants

    @senor change – “everything last night except for Super Fun Night and CSI was down.”

    Nope, read again. Revolution, Criminal Minds and Nashville were all even with last week’s performances.


    Interesting that the old skewing World Series really didn’t have that much affect on CBS as only Survivor was down

    ABC again not good for BITG & SFN, same for Nashville but it still may have a chance

    NBC season lows & a cancelation YAWN–no Voice to sing for the ratings

    CW holding its ground as only off .2

    OVERALL I’m sure it’s due to the World Series & the cable duo of AHS Coven & Duck D that lowered the ratings all around

  • Lampo

    I give props to REVOLUTION. Every other show went down tremendously besides them. They’re rising to the bubble. I say this because even with the World Series they held strong. Never watched the show myself but may consider it since of what people have told me.

    Revolution may have saved themselves, it all depends on how things go after the World Series.

  • steven

    Wow. Everything has been falling lately.

  • jupiter3765

    nashville will get renewed

  • Alecia

    It’s kind of hard to judge any of these ratings since almost everything was down. And I’ve never really understood the appeal of baseball but I guess a lot of people love it.

  • Dave

    Wow can’t believe that garbage show Super Fun Night actually rose in the ratings, i don’t normally hate on shows apart from Glee but Super Fun Night is awful.

  • RayX

    “ABC IMO is a mess its crazy they cancelled Body of Proof and it was higher then all of their fall shows.”

    Body of Proof S03 Rating
    1.2, 1.2, 1.3, 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.4, 1.4, 1.4, 1.6, 1.4, 1.4, 1.2
    Average: 1.4

    i don’t see any high ratings at all.

  • s0303

    arrow :( this season has been epic…

    svu really low…may be its last year, probably next though since nbc has bigger problems…

    survivor :(

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