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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  • Sam

    Ratings should go up once the world series is down. At least I hope so for Arrow.

  • Hardline_Pro

    At least Revolution is steady.

  • Janus

    With NBC’s relatively weak schedule if Revolution stays right around 1.4, I think it will make it. Will it stay there? I think the chances are solid–it is really starting to develop that loyal sci-fi/fantasy base with it’s improved second year.

  • Guardian Owl

    What is going on Arrow is even better this year…hope its just the World Series.

  • David Howell

    I can see TP settling at a 0.6. That may be a level that sends it into the Surrender Monday lineup ahead of BATB, but ugly numbers for Reign will open *that* slot up for The 100, so…

  • chloe

    Suburgatory is going to Wednesday at 8.30 not goldbergs and also suburgatory performed good there 2 years ago and was compatible with the middle.

  • Alecia

    ABC has some tough decisions to make about their comedy situation. Super Fun Night, Back in the Game and The Goldbergs are all doing about the same. I think they’ll all get a back nine. Trophy Wife probably won’t since suburgatory and Mixology are waiting in the wings.

    Unless Nashville improve it’s a goner in may. I can’t see any justification for the network to be saddle with 44 more episodes of a ratings loser even if all their mid-season dramas fail. They’ll be better off starting from scratch again.

  • Shepherd

    I expect the game to be adjusted up quite a bit. Will have to wait for the finals. Who knew the soxs would have a chance to break that curse, and at home none the less? :roll:

  • Jerry

    Nashville and Revenge are officially locked in the battle for the compulsory 6th drama renewal. In terms of syndication, the prospects of both are about the same. I think if it comes down to one or the other, Revenge will get a 4th and final season renewal, since ABC only needs to suffer one more bad season of bad ratings compared to 2 for Nashville (and there might be further declines into Nashville’s 3rd and 4th season too, which means Nashville’s season 3 numbers if it gets renewed, is almost likely to be lower than Revenge’s season 3 numbers).

    Of course, Nashville can have a Scandal-like revival, but it would need a super-mega hyped up episode like Scandal’s president shooting to even gain a lot more eyeballs. Scandal had been good even from Season 1, it’s just that people don’t tune in until that “ripped from the headlines” episode.

    Personally, I think both Revenge and Nashville will get renewed despite poor showings. I agree with Bill that Revenge is just begging to be moved to Sundays at 10pm, and Nashville might get renewed as ABC might not want to have a Body of Proof situation, where the next one that comes on is a DOA flop (which has occurred many times in Wednesdays at 10pm slot too).


    I MUST SAY I was totally captivated by the World Series & was glued from 8-Midnite! What an awesome Cinderella story!

    CBS withstood the onslaught the best

    ABC with so many season/series lows should be able to bounce back

    NBC may be the biggest loser as Revolution 1.4 opens a week night all around

    CW down, but not out

  • poweranimals

    @r0ckmypants, You’ve got a point there, but I still have to be a little concerned that the numbers do seem to be down in general. It used to be the #2 rated show on the network but it has fallen to #4. Supernatural seems to have completely eclipsed it.

  • Michael

    I think TVD will also hit a record low tonight (below a 1.0).

  • Chris

    What I hate about ABC is that even if they did TG and TW on Wednesdays, they’d end up only keeping them there for a season before they moved them again for a new show. What happened to the days of when you had solid shows in a block, they’d stay there for at least 3-4 seasons before getting moved? ABC doesn’t want a consistent steady block, they want to constantly keep shuffling to find the next Modern Family which will never happen, thus putting the rest of their shows in harms way.

  • PurpleDrazi


    could this be the final season for poi

    Uh, no.

    A) The syndication gods will get it to season 4

    B) Game 6 on the World Series was on last night

    C) The drop is certainly disheartening but lets put it in perspective. It was still the highest rated 10pm show for the week.

  • Tessa



    ROTFLMAO! I didn’t think about that but it’s frighteningly appropriate.

    Superstition aside, I never liked SG. The only other role I saw her in was in Dollhouse and she gives the exact same performance on Arrow as she did there. She has no range and it makes her look constipated.

  • r0ckmypants


    From what I’ve read, someone will, and soon.

    @poweranimals – “It used to be the #2 rated show on the network but it has fallen to #4. Supernatural seems to have completely eclipsed it.”

    It doesn’t matter if it’s not the #2 show anymore, because its ratings, aside from this week, have been on par with last season. The CW just has another good freshman performer in The Originals, and Supernatural benefited from moving into a less-crowded new timeslot with a strong lead-in.

  • Melanie

    Baseball has not been very good to Arrow or the Tomorrow People.
    (Or anything else on TV, it would appear.)
    Everybody keeps saying Arrow is better this season — I don’t necessarily agree with that. Hopefully it goes up next week.
    Last night’s Tomorrow People was the really the first episode I actually liked. Figures it would also be the lowest rated.

    Well, I guess we won’t be hearing from the CW this week about those back nine orders. Hopefully next week after Wed rebounds a bit.

  • Avery

    Are those series lows for Criminal Minds and Arrow?

  • ht

    It’s crazy that after all these years of getting their asses kicked, the networks, after months of reruns and “reality” garbage, choose to show original programming against the World Series. It’s like a movie theater in Time Square offering free movie tickets the day of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – Good luck. And of course once viewers wander, it’s hard to get them back. The networks need to really start planning/thinking. The old days of TV are gone. Within a month we’re gonna be in re-run territory for a few weeks – I don’t get it.

  • dantas


    And by “improve” you mean Nashville has to fly back higher than a 1.8 and maintain its course over there, right?

    Otherwise, I don’t see it getting renewed.

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