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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  • crispy

    Everything is down except for Revolution which has gotten the same ratings for the past thee weeks.
    Cant really take not of anything because of the World series.

  • Nina

    Yikes for Arrow! I’m not worried though. I knew that would happen with the World Series on and the potential for Boston to win (which they did). I expect it to go up next week!

  • Jonay

    Is this site ever gonna get a mobile anytime soon?

  • BenA

    Here are the half-hours

    Arrow 0.8/0.7
    The Tomorrow People 0.6/0.5

    @N and @starship, don’t sound like Arrow was a flop. Arrow might be adjusted up unlike TTP.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I expected Super Fun Night to fall way more, that’s only down 17% week to week with it’s lead in down 77%. Though to be fair, Happy Endings series high came out of a Modern Family repeat. (A ridiculously massive one, look it up, 2 years ago Modern Family got a 4.5 for a repeat in the last Wednesday in October).

    I hope the Middle adjusts up so Modern Family repeat isn’t ABC’s number one show on Wednesday.

  • Timmy G

    Geez, .7 series low for Arrow, guess baseball had a bigger effect on it this week (not unexpected). So actually, that .6 doesn’t seem so bad for TTP now; I still hope it adjusts up though because that means it’s stabilizing. It’ll be interesting to see next week’s ratings.

  • Ioioswag

    Ouch, Arrow! That was quite a blow you took, but I’m happy Revolution is rock-steady!

  • Robin

    So happy for revolution :)

  • jupiter3765

    hopefully it will go up when it returns in two weeks

  • Anthony


    Thank you. Revolution having a 1.4 for both half hours is great. Though it’s ratings aren’t the best, it’s steady as a rock and has only dropped .4 since it’s premiere. It’s definitely a bubble show.

  • Ronak

    I can’t see Nashville coming back next year.

  • Nasir

    Wow! Arrow dropped. Sad cause last nights episode was very good. This season has been much better.

    I wish TTP would rise also.

  • N


    That looks better. I like Arrow and would like to see it do better than a 0.7

  • HB

    Ouch at Arrow!

  • poweranimals

    What the heck is happening to Arrow? That can’t all be a result of the World Series, can it?

  • Dan

    So thats what happens to Wednesdays when there’s a VOICE like audience (World Series) that draws viewers from every other show.

    Well Back in the Game got a 1.7 and Super Fun Night a 1.8 while that’s better than the Tuesday comedies, its still worse than the lead ins.

  • grey

    I think there may be some shuffling of shows in the ABC cancel/renewal index next week.

  • hammard

    So in simple terms the World Series destroyed everything? Only the already low rated Revolution and Back In The Game were steady.
    The CW continuing to fall is a bit worrying though, in the last two weeks TTP has lost 25% of its audience and Arrow has lost over 1/3.
    The only increase is that the repeat of Law and Order SVU beat Ironside ratings.

  • K

    GO REVENGE!!!!!

  • Zach

    Back in the Game and Super Fun Night need to be switched with The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife stat. BITG and SFN are wasting their lead ins and TG and TW showed they have a stable audience this week after they followed a repeat of Shield.

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