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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  • BigBrotherFan

    Well if these numbers hold up NASHVILLE ties REVENGE with an even weaker lead-in at 10pm but it can’t continue with these numbers. I can’t really fault SFN for the poor numbers because it did a higher number without a new MF.

    I’m surprised REVOLUTION has held up! I guess NBC was right to cancel Whitney and Guys With Kids.

  • jupiter3765

    could this be the final season for poi

  • Bryan

    Nashville is not dead at all. ABC will renew as the Live +7 numbers will boost the ratings and they are having an awful fall so far. I suspect all mid- season shows will flop and ABC will be forced to keep Nashville. The sad reality is that broadcast is dying faster than anybody anticipated and most shows if canceled will mean many networks will need to completely start from scratch.

  • Ioioswag

    Revolution has its own faithful audience, look at all the drops, but Revolution is steady!


    ABC needs a new scheduler they have a horrible person scheduling their shows.

  • Jay

    Celebrating a 1.4 for Revolution? Can’t possibly see a renewal.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Correction needs to be made, The Middle’s series low is a 1.6 rating. So last night’s episode is .5 above it. Please change it to season low.

  • dantas

    Good morning, y’all! How are you doing?

    Revolution, Back In the Game and Nashville WILL all be canceled.

    Super Fun Night will only be renewed if it bounces back up and estabilishes its 1.8 as a season low – which is very unlikely since Spring is yet to come.

    Arrow is in NO DANGER at all. Even if its ratings fall down to a constant 0.5, I’m pretty sure the CW will renew it.

    The Tomorrow People is still safe, as well. Fans should only start worrying if it cracks down multiple 0.4s before May, 2014. (Remembering you that when I say “multiple” here, it means 4 episodes or more).

    CSI may get another season (a announced final one). But I’m not sure yet.

  • CraveRecords

    I agree with Zach. Back in the Game and Super Fun Night don’t have two laughs between both shows. The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, on the other hand, are hilarious.

  • Midnight

    I wouldn’t worry about any of these numbers, especially not Arrow. When you’re facing the World Series and pretty much every show of the night reaches or ties its series low, I think you get some slack. It would be different if Arrow were the only show to decline, but clearly that isn’t the case, and the networks are smart enough to figure that out.

  • Janus

    Nice for Revolution–has stabilized 3 weeks in a row AND with strong competition from World Series finale. It held up better than most today. Has a decent shot at renewal–wouldn’t be surprised if it goes up a tick next week with show’s strong creative uptick and no World Series.

    I’m fairly optimistic about it.

  • Greg

    ABC’s in quite an interesting situation now. All of their new comedies are mostly on the same level. I would probably give a back 9 to all of them, but start testing them elsewhere. Move The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife to Tuesdays at 8, Back in the Game to Fridays at 8:30, and Super Fun Night to Wednesdays at 8:30. Suburgatory taking the Wednesdays at 9:30 sounds like a better bet than Mixology, which probably should just go to summer now.

    As for Revolution: it hasn’t Smashed yet. NBC should be thankful for that.

  • Charmed

    I hope Nashville adjusts up, it got 1.5/1.3 :/

  • feinn

    I thought Arrow was going be the number 1 show on cw this season, now its fourth behind soft rated new show The Originals

  • silvertron

    Arrow’s rating is about 85% lower than last week’s Vampire Diaries, but only about 13% fewer people watched. That must mean Arrow has a lot more viewers under 18, right? It would seem really weird if they were over 49. Does anyone know for sure?

  • DougF


    Well the fact that it was a clinching game of the World Series didn’t help. I doubt many people that like the Cardinals or Red Sox and watch Arrow were watching Arrow. I expect Arrow to be back up to 0.9-1.0 next week.

    Keep an eye out for the DVR ratings for this week in a few weeks, pretty sure Arrow will be listed in the Largest 18-49 Percentage Increase section.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    If Revolution can just keep its 1.4 rating for a few weeks… :-) ;-)

    Come on Criminal Mimes!

    That’s not so hot for Arrow.

    BitG keeping its head above water?

    [spoiler alert] Congrats Sox!

  • chloe

    Last man standing get more viewers than SFN even though it’s on Friday and suburgatory is going to come back soon with the comedies doing poor.

  • FRED

    I guess Revolutions fans couldn’t care less about baseball.

    Nashville was dull last night. I barely kept my eyes open. I think I may have dozed off a few times. Still a fan and not giving up hope, but the producers need to amp up the music portions and heighten the drama. Last season was much better. Here is what needs to be done:

    More performances from the main characters. Less so of the co-stars.
    More intriguing plots.

  • Tommy

    Not bad for Survivor.

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