TV Ratings Wednesday: World Series Wins Big, 'Super Fun Night', 'Nashville', 'Arrow' & 'Criminal Minds' Hit Lows, 'Revolution' Flat

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October 31st, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.4/15 2.2/6 1.8/5 1.2/3 1.1/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.7/15 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 17.996 9.746 6.261 4.440 3.142 2.034

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 6 of the World Series, which featured the Red Sox winning the series at Fenway Park for the first time in 95 years, earned a preliminary  5.4 adults 18-49 rating up 42 percent  from a 3.8  for Monday's Game 5, and ranking as the highest rated Wednesday for any broadcast network since FOX’s January 30, 2013 broadcast of American Idol.

On CBS, Survivor earned a 2.3 down 4 percent from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds scored a 2.4 down 11 percent from last week's 2.7  adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 1.8 down 14 percent from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle earned a season low 2.1 down 5 percent from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Back in the Game matched last week's series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Super Fun Night, which followed a repeat of Modern Family for the first time, notched a series low 1.8 down 14 percent  from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville garnered a series low 1.4 down 13 percent from last  week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Revolution matched  last week's series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were accurate.

On the CW, Arrow earned a  0.7 down 22 percent from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Tomorrow People garnered a 0.6 down 14 percent from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 30, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX World Series Game 6 (8-11PM) - Live 5.4/15 18.00
CBS Survivor 2.3/7 9.02
ABC The Middle 2.1/7 8.03
NBC Revolution 1.4/4 4.91
CW Arrow 0.7/2 2.34
8:30 ABC Back In The Game 1.7/5 6.24
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 2.4/6 10.62
ABC Modern Family -R 2.2/6 7.42
NBC Law & Order: SVU -  R (9-11PM) 1.0/3 4.20
CW The Tomorrow People 0.6/1 1.73
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night 1.8/5 5.42
10:00 CBS CSI 1.8/5 9.59
ABC Nashville 1.4/4 5.23

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; 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," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 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" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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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  • anon

    @HalCapone Yeah I think the reason why viewership for sporting events etc. is down compared to 2004 (which is nearly a decade ago) is partly because the people who still watch TV ‘live’ the most are people outside of the 18-49 demo (people 50+), who would’ve still been in the demo back ten years ago.

    I agree though that the ‘younger generation’ mostly watch shows via VOD and/or DVR than live, with some in the 25-35/40 range now claiming that they’d rather wait until a show’s season (if not entire series) is finished, then binge watch all the episodes over the course of a few days/weeks, than suffer the emotional drama of waiting months for a storyline to play out.

    (Personally, I can see the point of that, however I only binge watch shows that either entirely aired in the past, like The Tudors or Fantasy Island, or like Game Of Thrones or such that air on premium channels I don’t subscribe to on cable.)

  • MVProductions44

    Wow Nashville has really fallen and the show is good this season. Considering the competition Revenge faces and the fact that its in its 3rd season; Nashville may be in trouble! The only saving grace may be that Lucky 7, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Betrayal all have been such massive failures. If Killer Women and Resurrection debuts strong (which I doubt)… we’ll see what direction ABC goes because I truly think they love Nashville and at least want to get it into syndication!

  • Alan

    Wow, what happened to The CW?

  • Pete

    Why is ABC sacrificing Trophy Wife over Super Sized Night? It makes no sense.

  • dantas

    I miss Bill. Am I the only one who’d love to see more of him around here?

  • Petar

    Kripke shows start look too similar. They are not big hits but very steady. I want to see Revolution with Supernatural.

    MF rerun is beast.

  • dantas

    I meant, “hear more from him”.

  • Chris

    CSI earned a 1.8, only 0.1 behind POI (unless it should get an adjustment up). CSI will be back.

  • Jackie

    ABC needs to up the DRAMA on Nashville

    one of the producers and writers was a producer/writer for Melrose Place during that shows hayday. IMO they are all the characters in place and pretty well defined…now they need to just let loose and go crazy! We need an event episode to get more people to watch and then go for the drama!

    and they need someone new doing their promo spots, bc the promo the aired for the episode that aired last night was awful.

  • Pepper

    I guess all those people who claimed that Arrow was holding up SPN were wrong lol

  • AppleStinx

    dantas wrote: “I miss Bill. Am I the only one who’d love to see more of him around here?”

    Be careful what you wish for. :wink:

  • Parker

    Ouch @ Nashville. I mean almost everything is down, but I thought if one show doesn’t share an audience with the World Series it’s Nashville.

    But this was one of the worst episodes ever.

    I can’t see Nashville getting another season. Maybe Revenge can be Wednesdays at 10. I can see Revenge doing much better there.

  • MVProductions44

    I guess The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife on Tuesday following the Agents of Shield repeat showed how un-lead-in dependent they are with the Goldbergs matching their previous week and Trophy Wife actually improving but Super Fun Night actually beat both shows with the Modern Family lead-in and was only down .2 tenths so maybe it has a fan-base after all lol… go figure!

  • Parker

    @ AdamP:

    I’m with you on that one! I hate rooting againt shows, but SFN is just crap IMO and it has the post-MF spot Trophy Wife should have gotten!

  • POIFanatic

    What is with these ridiculous haters on tvbythenumbers! Yesterday it was all about Shaw killing POI and hating on Charlie in Supernatural. Today, they take it a notch down and start blaming actors. About how Summer Glau is killing Arrow. That’s so laughable. I don’t hear any complains about any males around here. Most of these haters are simply morons and sexists.

  • POIFanatic

    What’s up with these ridiculous haters on tvbythenumbers! Yesterday it was all about Shaw killing POI and hating on Charlie in Supernatural. Today, they take it a notch down and start blaming actors. About how Summer Glau is killing Arrow. That’s so laughable. I don’t hear any complains about any males around here. Most of these haters are simply morons and sexists.

  • Miles R.

    Nashville will not be cancelled. The weekly songs performed on the show do pretty well on iTunes. A few are usually in the top 100. Connie Britton also received critical acclaim this year with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Any PR for the show is a boost in the networks eyes. However, the show does need to rethink the 10pm timeslot. Fingers crossed!

  • dantas


    I’m a male. And we do it for fun, only. It’s a joke. A running gag with the actress. To which she responded quite approvingly via Twitter.

  • Nashville

    If ABC cancels Nashville I am sure the CMT will pick it up. Those numbers are good for cable and Nashville will fit right in with the CMT.

  • Ted Craig


    I was referring to average viewers, not demo. The 2013 NBA finals averaged 17.7 million viewers. It was 14.65 for the World Series. That’s not quite crushing and the NBA’s 21.56 for Game 7 really skews the numbers. Game 6 was 14.7.

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