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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  • Billiam

    @JJA Agreed about BATB. Its only hope is if CW does a marathon over the holiday break to get people caught up. That actually saved a few shows in the past…

  • Edward

    Not surprised about TTP, just not a very good show.

  • BD

    I still think 8pm is the wrong slot for Revolution. I do think it needs to be later. This season is so much better

  • Kate

    Amazing that CSI has aired the same episode 300 times and its viewers still haven’t noticed.

  • Chris

    tomorrow people, no! Hopefully it gets adjusted up. I actually like the show

  • K

    Shame too, because last night’s SVU episode was really good.

  • Freyja

    The World Series- Pretty much matched The Voice on Tuesday Night.

    Sure it might skew a bit more male, and could have hurt Arrow but I doubt it.

    Arrow: I will say I enjoyed the last 10 minutes of the episode, because of the Black Canary she really rocks, oh yeah and more smart Felicity please and less whiny Laurel.They really need to step up Laurel’s character, otherwise she reminds me to much of Lana.

    As for the TTP: I knew it was bad the first episode, decided to watch again last night these people couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag it was so bad.

  • Gaius Bolling

    is it safe to saw baseball affected Arrow and the Tomorrow People. Last week Arrow was up from the premiere and The Tomorrow People was fairly steady. This week, with a world series game, both shows dropped a bit. seems like some of the people who would watch these shows were watching baseball. i know many people think since it’s the CW these shows skew pretty female but i know a lot of guys who watch.

  • Tessa

    whoa! What happened to Arrow? I hated last week’s episode and it got a 1.1. I loved this week’s episode and it gets a 0.9. I’m hoping it adjusts up, it’s just getting better. Hopefully it’s not the island flashbacks that are dragging it down cause those are certainly awful.

  • crispy

    -back in the game may be cancelled
    -revolution seems to have found its floor, it held strong when most of the shows fell last night. It still isnt strong enough to lead in the night. NBC needs to move it to a later timeslot.
    NBC really needs to launch Chicago PD after The Voice if they want to give it the best chance of exposure, SVU is not strong enough.

    The Voice
    The Blacklist

    The Voice
    Chicago PD
    Chicago Fire

    new drama
    Law and Order:SVU

    The Biggest Loser
    Parks & Rec

    SSTW or new comedies

  • omabin

    I don’t watch any of the new ABC comedies, but people saying The Goldbergs has the best timeslot are not seeing things clearly.

    Let’s see:

    Lead-in Wise: The Goldbergs has a lead-in that is about 0.6 higher than the middle usually is, but it is a lead in that is also way more incompatible. Comedy out of comedy is just more compatible regardless of what people think about compatibility between the middle and the back in the game (and it is not even a Animal Practice/Guys with Kids type of absurd combo). Besides, then given a higher lead-in last week, back in the game didn’t even grow (I disregard 0.1 variations, margin of error, rounding et all)

    Competition Wise:
    One is against the voice, the other is against the x-factor… Enough said
    One is against the the extremely young skewing comedy New Girl on Fox that sucks the air out of whatever 18-34s are not captured by the voice… The other goes against no comedy competition
    I could even say that LA is higher rated than Survivor but I don’t think that’s meaningful. Also, I adore Revolution, but it is hardly difficult competition.

    On top of this: hallo effect for MF. I am sure there is early tuning in for MF generating an halo effect for the whole block.

    Say what you may about the shows, but back in the game has the best slot on the network comedy wise, excluding super fun night’s slot

  • Shepherd

    I expect a full season announcement for TO soon. Pulling a 0.9 while going up against the PLL premier seems good. Especially considering it wont have to up against PLL anymore and that new show on ABCF didn’t do so well.

  • Me

    The B&tB fans are crazy, even crazier than the Nikita ones. The shiw flopped hard on Mondays and is nothing but a dissapointment for the CW. It’s also critically panned as well and can’t even crack the million viewers. TTP is in really good shape. A 0.6 rtg is bad but not awful. The CW might as well renew TTP in a heartbeat bfore bringing back that Monday dumpster. :)

  • dantas

    Good morning, fellas. How are you doing?

    L&O: SVU might get another season – a final one -, but Revolution, Back in the Game & Nashville WILL all get cancelled.

    The Tomorrow People is safe – for now. If the show manages to hit 0.5 or higher all season, it will be renewed. If it doesn’t, than it’s doomed.

  • Josh

    Once rating point doesn’t determine a season… love (not) how people overreact on one week’s worth of ratings, when shows can bounce back next week.

  • rgxx

    Darn! Revolution didn’t rise & Arrow fell – my 2 favorite shows on at the same time and they both still gain no ground.

    Arrow is getting really good – Black Canary is in the picture & The Flash is not far away!

  • Shepherd


    I think TTP will get a back 9 easy, but I also think that the CW will wait to see how T100 does before making a decision on S.2.

  • Rob R

    It wasn’t that many years ago that the networks went into full re-run mode against the mighty World Series, fearing to waste new episodes against the Baseball Classic. Doesn’t anyone remember this? Now the World Series is no stronger than a typical episode of “the Voice” or “American Idol.” The fact that Survivor or the Middle can run against the World Series and earn a better than 2.0 live rating, even if it is “down” from the season average, is something to be celebrated.

  • sabina

    arrow? poor result, there are two expressions of the actor S.Amell: with the shirt or shirtless! bad actor.

  • rgxx

    Well at least Arrow beat Ironside in demo.

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