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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  • David

    Good to see Revolution steady! Great show to be honest, once you get past the first season it’s extremely good!

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Wow, unless Rev. adjusts down quite a bit, then I was pretty far off (having predicted a 1.2). It is still sub 5M (as predicted), but if it comes up back next episode this thing might actually survive after all. Of course, I still think it is doomed, but recognize that by holding at 1.4 against the game, it actually has a chance. The episode’s rating will be critical.

    As for the specific actor haters – they are just simple minded. If they had paid attention to last night’s episode they would have noticed that the director was a throw-back to season 1. *All performances* were bad, except for Monroe (as usual). They all went back to their standard faces (Charlie’s smirk, Rachel’s inappropriate grin, Mile’s deer in headlights, and Neville’s angry man). Perhaps this episode was rushed for some reason, but I doubt it given the lack of CG, and relative lack of action. Considering the director could not even bother to remind the actress who is gut-shot of that tiny little fact (in the shots where she is not running for her life), it shows that it was bad production quality, not bad acting skills. After all, the director is telling the actors/actresses they did a good job (and calling a print), so they have to trust that.

    While some are claiming it was a great episode, I have to disagree. I wish I was able to ignore the bad aspects, but unfortunately my brain does not work that way. Succinctly what I noticed were: Bad camera angles (at the start), grainy quality video (some indoor shots), and more plot holes than average – Mile using crushed hand without infirmity (even though he keep re-injuring it), gut-shot woman does not bleed out or even remember she is injured after the first 10 minutes (director), the patriots are apparently the only ones with .556 ammo even though it is the most plentiful type in the US military (10+ Million rounds stockpiled when the lights went out), the Patriots have a magical brainwashing program with super-drugs that can convert you instantly to the dark side, Jason and his squad pulls torches out of their back pockets, they also have very messed-up vision but can still shoot remarkably well & run/navigate in tight confines without stumbling/tripping/vertigo, Nevile is beaten half to death but does not even have a split a lip or cracked ribs (does have a small scuff on cheek), and Jason has the back of his head *caved-in* with a pipe but recovers without *any* injury.

    In all that equates to a very poor episode. If they are going to embrace the magic of the nanites they should just have had Aaron bring Monroe back from the dead. Instead they went with an obvious switch-out with the drugs, so Rachel saved his life (probably using Atropine which would not be available as Belladonna is not indigenous to the US and certainly not Texas, and stockpiles would have gone bad a decade earlier). Showing the backstory on how Monroe became evil did nothing but add more butchery to his list. I guess that was supposed to be a smoke-screen to make us think they were really killing him off. If so, their opinion of us is even lower than mine of them. They just made it clear that the only likeable character (Monroe) is a total monster (kills kids). Not sure who that is supposed to appeal to, but I think Kripke actually thinks that we care about any of the others.

    Since the Patriots have pendant technology (after all they were Marshall’s masters) why are they not using electricity, getting the country re-started with giant boosters? We now know the Patriots know exactly who Rachel is, therefore they know she can build boosters, yet they do not approach her to actually help the country? It would be simplicity for the Patriots to take over in a way that would have them recognized as heroes, but instead they are going with butchery? It just looks like Kripke is making this up he goes along, week by week, and discarding any logic/continuity that is inconvenient (e.g. they ‘forgot’ that Rachel regenerates and should be just as un-killable as Aaron).

  • Brandy

    I don’t see people saying “CW is doing much better this season than last”& I don’t understand why they’re saying that.Arrow ,VD,HoD,BaTB returned lower, and out of three new fal shows only one hits 0.9-1.0 regularly while the other two are at 0.6 already.Its gotta be depressing & frustrating for CW only new fall show has debuted to 1.0 or better when except for HoD,Cult,Carrie Diaries,Beautiful Life , Emily Owens MD.t think they all thier other new shows did.They may not even have three strong/god nights ratings anymore with Arrow,TTP,Reign declining.Plus, there’s Carrie Diaries,BatB,HoD,Nikita doing0.4& lower .

  • Jami


    Wow so much hate for Revolution. Why bother to watch and go on a rant . I thought it was sci-fi show.
    I like it. I wish the ratings were better. It is what it is. The time slot sucks. I think Revolution may not be doomed after all.

  • NancyM

    I know it’s sad that I’m happy Revolution was able to maintain a paltry 1.4 against the final game of the World Series, but I really do have a small bit of hope it might survive now. On any other network, not a chance in hell. But NBC sucks so bad, if they can just prove the have a core audience they might have a bit of a chance now. And the DVR numbers should be great given what it was up against this week.

    Last night’s episode was awesome, I hope the show get’s rewarded for it’s creative renewal this season.

  • Jami

    Nashville 1.4 up against CSI and the world series, a lot of excuses for a lot of people on this site.
    Revolution is up against WS/Survivor/The Middle/ and Arrow. Revolution is steady for a sci-fi show.

    I am sure Nashville will be renewed, because Connie Britton was nominated for an Emmy. Connie Britton is always nominated for an Emmy. Connie Britton is not that great of an actress. Nashville and both Revolution are pulling cable like numbers. Send Nashville to CMT and send Revolution to the CW I am sure both would love to have those numbers.
    Kathy Sagal where is her Emmy for SOA!

  • Mary

    I really wish that ABC would just cancel Back In The Game already. It’s the worst comedy around and just so not funny and so damn predictable and unoriginal. ABC please cancel Back In The Game.

  • Russell


    That’s why CBS is doing so well.

  • Ultima

    That’s why CBS is doing so well.

    They are doing quite well when it comes to spinning and getting you to see what they want you to see.

    However, for the rest of us who aren’t weak-minded fools, we realize that CBS cares about the A18-49 demo (and subsets thereof) and not about A25-54 and total viewership.

  • Dorothy5334

    Posted October 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM
    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.
    I was wondering the same thing.. Although I’m not too fond of summer glau on this show.. Didn’t mind her on dollhouse and loved her on terminator.. No way she’s killing the show..

    I really think that most of these people complaining about the females very well maybe sexists.. They have no problem with most of the males..

  • Michael

    Not good news for Nashville. The Bear might be getting hungry if this continues.

  • Igwell

    Why does the 18-49 demo turn the Tv off at 10 pm everynight?

    I watch sports on mute and listen to Phil Hendrie and Art Bell, and make dumb comments on the internet. Nashville can’t compete with that.

  • Networkman

    ABC: I do feel that if CBS were to move The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife to Wednesday that they should keep them there next season. The night needs consistency and stability. I also agree with those that say Nashville is getting stale/boring. That is why I feel Revenge should be kept over Nashville. At least Revenge has direction and strong scripts. The promos for Nashville showcase nothing but “bed hopping”. There is no character development and suspenseful plots compared to Revenge.

    NBC: Good for Revolution remaining steady against the World Series. This show has definitely found its floor and seems to having found a loyal fanbase of close to 5 million viewers. If it was able to pull these numbers on Friday @8pm, the show could be of some benefit to NBC. Dateline NBC could be moved to any night to help a trouble timeslot, such as Thursday night up against The Big Bang Theory.

  • Ashton

    Nashville is great! Don’t cancel! Please I beg you!

  • Wes

    If you are not watching Nashville, you are missing a great show. Good acting, great story lines and the music is great. Cannot believe the talent!

  • Joe

    The CW show Arrow always was a miss from the target.

    Terrible series.

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