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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  • Shepherd

    NBC comedies:

    SSTW – 0.9
    MJF – 1.1

    I don’t think tV rerun will help any.

  • Benz

    Disappointing World Series numbers, that’s pretty low in terms of a series back in 2004 that started off with 20+ million viewers. Not too much of a difference with the last few failed World Series. They really need the Cubs and Yankees to do better.

    Super Fun Night is done for ABC give that slot to something else, that show isn’t working.

    I really liked Ironside but NBC didn’t give it much of a chance to succeed.

    Really shocked The Tomorrow People is slipping, is it not a good show? I haven’t seen it yet.

    Criminal Minds continues to be the real star of that dead lineup for CBS, Survivor needs to go and CSI is doing alright but could be doing better.

  • Lukes

    I don’t think there’s a reason to sweat over Arrow and Tomorrow People results. Basically every program of the evening fell.

  • Midnight


    I would say though that The Goldbergs had a huge lead-in for its premiere when Agents of SHIELD was at 4.7 or something, and probably very high in the last 15 minutes. The Goldbergs dropped significantly but was still heavily sampled. People have watched it and don’t like it. Super Fun Night has also been sampled and largely rejected. The best that Back in the Game and especially Trophy Wife have going on for them is that they haven’t been sampled much. An episode each behind Modern Family could help with that, but I doubt ABC will do anything to save Trophy Wife given its sadly abysmal ratings.

  • sandy245

    As someone who vowed to hate Super Fun Night all summer long judging from the hideous promos that aired, the more I watch each week, the more I like it. I think it’s a cute show with some good laughs.
    It deserves to do well and hopefully earn a 2nd season renewal.

  • John A

    Is Summer Glau on Arrow right now? If so that might explain the drop lol.

  • Ted Craig

    Something somebody said earlier made me think of this. Between 1998 and last year, the 18-49 demo was at its peak. This year marks the first year when Baby Boomers are no longer in the key demo. This could explain why some shows, like The Middle, seem to be skewing old this season.

  • Wright

    Arrow and TTP both fell by .2 due to the World Series, so I think they will both increase by the same amount when the games are over. Hopefully they adjust up in the finals. I’m crossing my fingers that Revolution gets adjusted up too.

  • dantas


    Let’s hope it can climb back up :)

    Because it doesn’t matter how The 100 will do. If any/both of these shows hit 0.4s constantly, it/they will get canceled.

    Unless, of course, everything on The CW falls below a 1.0 by Spring. Then anything is possible.

  • dantas


    …and I mean EVERYTHING. Not a single episode on the channel matches or goes above a 1.0.

  • Joseph A

    Watched the World Series last night, but being West Coast got to watch the end of Survivor, Modern Family, and Super Fun Night.
    Will stream Survivor, Revolution, and the Tomorrow People some time today.

    As for the Networks ,

    Nice numbers for FOX, CBS, ABC,
    Crap numbers for NBC but not sure if I would want to do with more then 1 replacement (IRONSIDE) after the Winter break.

    FYI ,, Super Fun Night
    A show I thought would be horrible that I am loving,
    Cast last night as MOM ,, Pamela Boubier non other then 2 time Oscar Nominated Actress Jackie Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom) LOVE HER !!
    If you have not checked out the show yet, give it a chance it is so much better then its Title.

  • Benz

    @ Ted Craig: Yeah that’s the problem with this demo now, it’s outdated and needs a modification. I would even stretch it to starting in the 80s and ending earlier this decade.

  • Ember

    since its the CW anythings possible.

  • Christian

    @Midnight Carrie Diaries hit a 0.3 once, not routinely. Do your research before you spread misinformation!

    Y2Y changes in A18-49 for last night:

    FOX- +24%
    CBS- -11%
    CW- -11%
    ABC- -19%
    NBC- -25%

  • Shepherd

    lol, I don’t disagree, but I was speaking more in terms of TTP’s chance at renewal. If T100 averages ~1.0 or so, .6-.8 will probably not earn TTP a renewal. Unless like you said, everything drops low.

    Unless something drastically changes, I think that the CW will be looking to renew one of TTP or T100, and one of Reign or Star Crossed. I know normally you would pit dramas against dramas and comedies against comedies on other stations, but the CW doesn’t air sitcoms, and I think they’ll be pitting their love dramas against love dramas and action dramas against their action dramas this year. TVD and TO renewed; Supernatural and Arrow renewed; leaves room for one more male skewing action drama and one more Female skewing love drama.

  • Jon

    Surprised super fat night keeps holding on. I have yet to watch past the pilot. Is it getting better!

  • Diamond Jim

    Modern family seems to be trying to hard

  • Shepherd

    :lol: ^^^^ @dantas

  • Jon

    Tomorrow. People is awesome. Why isn’t it gaining traction?

  • Pepper

    NBC is a mess. Solid for CBS and ABC.

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