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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  • Shepherd

    ***I haven’t seen… :lol:

  • Midnight

    I wouldn’t hit the panic button on The Tomorrow People just yet. Since Arrow as also down and the World Series was way up, let’s see how the Tomorrow People settles in ratings without baseball as competition. These numbers are discouraging but not terrible. Remember, the CW renewed The Carrie Diaries which was routinely hitting 0.3. This year’s situation may be different, but I wouldn’t put The Tomorrow People lower than a bubble show until we see if Reign holds up. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

  • Shepherd

    I’m thinking of Push (the movie) I believe.

  • Marz

    The Tomorrow people show was pointless really, its Julie plec reliving her nostalgic childhood memories. And the show’s main selling point was that the lead was an Amell and the cousin of Arrow’s lead Stephen Amell, than any need to actually have a good and well plotted show.

  • thesnowleopard

    Wow. The Tomorrow People sure dropped hard.

    Arrow’s doing okay, though. And The Originals is holding up well enough on Tuesdays. Not brilliant, but a 0.9 is solid for the CW. And there are SPN and TVD, of course.

  • thesnowleopard


    Oh, sure. A 0.6 this season when other shows came back to 0.4s isn’t going to kill the show. If that’s where it bottoms out, it’s still very likely to be renewed. It’ll just be an in-between bubble show the way 90210 was for a few years.

    Just saying that’s a big drop.

  • Alan

    Poor Tomorrow People! Last night it was awesome! I hope it gets adjusted up, or goes up next week.

  • thesnowleopard

    Man, I almost forgot to look for Revolution. Another 1.4? In the fall? Yeah, that’s not good.

  • Sarah

    I watch BATB too and like I said up above, the best thing the show can hope for at this point is to be renewed for a short final season of maybe 6 or 8 episodes and even that is probably a stretch. Not even Nikita rated this badly early into it’s second season.

  • Sarah

    Can you imagine what BATB’s ratings might look like in spring?

  • Mike Geary

    Good for the World Series! Go Sox!!!

  • Billiam

    I’m afraid nothing is going to save Revolution.

    I hope Tomorrow People comes up in the finals.

    Not worried about Arrow. It’ll come back up.

  • Ember


    Hey, while you’re at it, can you get me this weekend’s lottery numbers?

    haha i was thinking the same exact thing! the cw should think about cancelling BATB before it decides what to do with the rest of their shows. TTP just got a .6 for the first time. lets see what happens next week before declaring it dead.

  • JJA

    @Sarah — Nikita started its second season with a .6, which is TWICE as much as B&TB has now. Making matters worse, Niktia season 2 was on Friday.

    Beauty & The Beast will end this year. Luckily, they have a full season of 22 episodes to give the series closure for its fans. I hope they do so.


    The only abc comedy I would renew is the goldbergs and it should be after the middle. Scratch the abc comedy night in Tuesday. The goldbergs has better retention after shield then super fun night. ABC needs to reschedule their lineup.

  • TJ

    Back in the Game had some hilarious moments, but then spoiled it with some crude, groan-inducing moments. If the writers ever decided to make this show suitable for families, it could be much more popular. Trying to make it half family-oriented and half “2 1/2 Men”-style vulgar is failing overall.

  • Jon

    Arrow is a huge hit for CW there is no denying that to say otherwise is rather stupid.
    Sad that TomorrowP fell its still doing enough to be renewed though.

  • Billiam


    Revolution be renewed? You must be joking… It is an expensive show to make and a 1.4 just doesn’t justify the cost of a renewal, especially when it is in its second season and not nearing syndication. Belive me, I hope you are right because it is an awesome show but I’m afraid that you are wishful thinking.

  • Starstrucknut

    SVU is still a great show. It needs to be moved to another night and put at the 10pm slot. If they bring back Chris Meloni (Stabler), trust me the ratings will go up. I think baseball had a lot to do with the ratings though. SVU has actually taken on new life this year. The episodes are really good, the writing is good and the acting is great. I don’t know what networks expect though with so many networks, channels, etc. You will never have the ratings that used to be when there were only 3 networks.

  • harry

    ABC needs to move the goldbergs after the middle , shows are so compatible that even me a non tv expert can see it.

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