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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  • Dan S

    It’s too late to save Trophy Wife but Goldbergs should be moved to Wed at 8:30 post haste. BITG matched TG 1.7 & was in a cushier slot after The Middle. BITG can move to Fri & replace the low rated Neighbors at 8:30.

  • Charmed

    I don’t want SVU to end, I don’t watch it but it’s the only drama from the 90s still producing new episodes, and when it ends it will be the end of an era

  • Michael1

    Why would the networks run new programming opposite the World Series? Didn’t they know the baseball schedule far in advance? They already had 4 weeks to run new episodes and they need to run 13 weeks of repeats. I think last night and tonight would have been as good of a time as any to run repeats. It wasn’t too long ago that the NFL would move Sunday Night Football to Thursday Night in order to avoid this conflict.

  • sharona

    CBS would be crazy to cancelled or even change one of Survivor, CM or CSI, it works so good !

  • Nina

    I just hope the world series is over by next wednesday! I don’t care who wins

  • r0ckmypants

    @Lampo – “I give props to REVOLUTION. Every other show went down tremendously besides them.”

    Can no one on this site read? Two other shows besides Revolution were even, two shows were up.

  • Janus

    @Dylan–I agree Revolution has decent shot to survive but not because it will be moved to 10 pm Wednesday…it’s pretty well set that the upcoming Chicago PD is going there.

  • HalCapone

    Looks like The Tom Peeps might not be around to see tomorrow but you never know with The CW. Not sure if Arrow is pointing up, down or sideways but great abs for sure.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Dan S. – “BITG matched TG 1.7 & was in a cushier slot after The Middle.”

    The Goldbergs had a lead-in of 2.7 on Tuesday. Back in the Game had a lead-in of 2.1. How is the latter a “cushier” timeslot when its lead-in is smaller?

  • Juan

    Where do you guys get half mimbres cause i’d like to see them for Nashville and other shows.

  • Charmed

    @Juan Nashville got 1.7/1.5

  • david

    To bad Arrow and the Tomorrow People fell last night. They were both really good. Im worried about the tomorrow people geting a full season now. Good to see Steven do the right thing and save that girl from the train too.

  • skyfi

    Revolution is very stable and was NBC’s top wednesday show. It will be renewed.

    TTP is dead as expected. TTP, Reign and one/two of midseason shows will be canceled to make room for 3 or 4 new shows. BatB, vampire $’n.t and Arrow are safe.

  • RayX

    how can BATB that pulling 0.3 is save whereas TTP only 1st time get 0.6 likely to be cancelled?

  • Brandy

    @Russ, first the last two seasons, CW has canceled five to six shows, not two or three like they used to.Second,that drop is worrying cause if it stays at 0.6 and gets a full season,how low will it be in spring?
    I guess it was baseball that effected thier ratings as Arrow,TTPare male skewing.I think The Hundred is too and should get the post Arrow slot at Midseason .

  • a p garcia

    Baseball hurt CW more than I thought, but I am a baseball fan.

  • Steve

    I actually like The Tomorrow People. Sad to see if drop because its the only thing I really watch on Wednesday nights.

  • Brandy

    @skifi, BatB is very Likley to be cancelled.
    I’m glad Nashviles steady.

  • Kissan

    Revolution doing alright still but hey at least it’s beating the whole Thursday lineup. Can’t wait to see how Grimm and Dracula do on Friday. SVU going down but not bad since it’s in its fifteenth season and is the 3rd highest rated show on NBC. I hope The Middle gets adjusted up because going down for your 100th episode is bad. BITG goes up in viewers but keeps on falling in demo but since it’s beating Goldbergs with a weaker lead in it’ll get a full season. SFN lost 1 point and 6 tenths and almost 5 million viewers from MF which means it only had about 55% retention from them. But at least it went up and isn’t getting adjusted down so I expect a full season. I gave up on Revolution and Arrow this season so I don’t really care about their ratings anymore.

  • Hatim

    considering the lead in super fun night has, its doing poorly

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