TV Ratings Wednesday: 'CSI' & 'Criminal Minds' Match Highs, 'Arrow' Slides + 'Modern Family' Hits New Low

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November 21st, 2013

State v. Queen

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/7 2.0/6 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.3/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.138 6.902 5.501 3.755 5.312 2.097

CBS was number  one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, Survivor earned a 2.4, down a tenth from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds scored a 2.8, up a tenth from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. CSI matched a season high with a 2.1, up two tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.2, down two tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and tying its season low. Back In the Game garnered a series low 1.6, down two tenths  from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family hit a new season low with a 3.3 down half a ratings point from last week's 3.8 adults 18-49 rating and its lowest-rated fall telecast since 2009. Super Fun Night earned a 1.9, down a tenth from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville notched a 1.6, up a tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 1.6, down a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Revolution earned 1.4, down a tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Law and Order: SVU matched last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline was even with last week’s 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Arrow earned a 0.9, down three tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  The Tomorrow People matched last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 20, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Survivor Blood vs Water 2.4 7 10.10
ABC The Middle 2.2 7 8.38
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 1.6 5 5.50
NBC Revolution 1.4 4 5.25
CW Arrow 0.9 3 2.53
8:30PM ABC Back in the Game 1.6 5 6.08
9:00PM ABC Modern Family 3.3 9 10.03
CBS Criminal Minds 2.8 8 12.29
NBC Law and Order: SVU 1.6 4 5.92
CW The Tomorrow People 0.6 2 1.66
9:30PM ABC Super Fun Night 1.9 5 5.67
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.1 6 11.03
ABC Nashville 1.6 5 5.62
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1 3 4.77

-via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.2/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Fred


    Regarding NASHVILLE:Agreed. The supporting cast sometimes have more lines than the headliners this season. All good actors though. But Connie Britton is certainly one of the best on television today. Plus she can sing and she hardly does this season. Hayden Panettiere is also talented but her storyline is mostly awful and the few songs (mostly snippets) are not very good.
    On the plus side, the supporting cast actually has better songs and plots. No supposed to be that way.
    I have to say that the cast is very talented. Just needs better scripts and music.

  • Sarah


    “There should be a
    Vampire Diaries vs. X Factor poll.”

    LOL. I agree

  • skyfi

    What was the lead-in for Revolution? I think it is inflated by it, given half hours.
    No chance it will be adjusted up this week.

  • Tim

    I still don’t see why ABC doesn’t renew their well-rating shows early (MF, Middle, Scandal, Grey’s). Aside from Grey’s these are all getting another season so why wait?

  • Tim

    The only reason I said “besides Grey’s” is because of the shows age, by the way

  • Joseph

    I wonder how the New Orleans/Atlanta NFL game on the league-owned NFL Network tonight (November 21st) will impact broadcast network ratings.

    Although it seems like a mismatch, it may still be the most-watched NFL Network telecast of the season, given that New Orleans is 8-2 and needs a win to stay at least one game ahead of Carolina in the NFC South.

    It may not top the ratings (since the NFL Network is in far fewer homes than ESPN or the broadcast networks), but it’s very likely that CBS will be the only network, broadcast or cable, that will draw more viewers than the game.

  • davie

    Loved Arrow last night, I really like Seth Gabel and his portrayal of The Count. Hope it adjusts up.

    The Tomorrow People is interesting and I really enjoy the show but I find myself always falling asleep during the episodes..maybe that just says more about me needing energy than quality of the show. Wish it was pulling in at least a .8 though.

    I’m sure American Horror Story beat out the 10pm network competition.

  • Jami

    Hey I am a Revolution fan. I am not rooting for Nashville to fail. I am not a fan of Connie Britton. I like Hayden Panettiere. Nashville ratings have nothing to do with Revolutions ratings. I am just pointing out,, other than cable Nashville, competes with Dateline and CSI.
    REVOLUTION is competing with 4 other shows in that time slot.
    REVOLUTIONS ratings would be considered awesome if it was cable. SOA cable ratings are better than the network ratings 2.2 that is very awesome.
    Really wish REVOLUTION was on cable, oh I guess, it kinda of is, because NBC ratings are awful. I am just keeping the faith that NBC will renew it for S3 and finish out the story then sell to the syfy channel. Fox did that with Sara Conner Chronicles only 33 episodes. Go ahead NBC just anounce S3 for REVOLUTION:)

  • Shak

    NBC is going to renew Revolution. The ratings are too stable. Even if they aren’t amazing, they are better than the last NBC show that had this timeslot. They’ll take what they can get and keep Revolution.

  • DougF

    It’s not even a season low for Arrow and the 2.53 (or whatever is is adjusted to) million viewers might be a network high for the week. That’s based on the fact that every week Arrow has move overall viewers than VD.

    Yes. Yes. I know overall viewers don’t matter. But still more people are tuning in for Arrow than VD this season.

    The next episode of Arrow maybe as high as 1.3 , with the CW having 2 weeks to promote the Barry Allen introduction episode.

  • Hambone

    I agree with Tessa, the previous week’s ep of Arrow was a letdown after the Black Canary episode; but last night’s ep should bring a bunch of people back with the return of not one but TWO bad guys from last season – 1 in shocking fashion.

  • Karen W.

    It’s funny that Modern Family took a dive this week as last night’s episode was pretty decent.

    Bottom line is Modern Family was HYSTERICAL in Season 1, Funny in Season 2 and it has been downhill ever since – looks like it is finally catching up with them.

    I know for me personally I kept giving it a chance in the hope that it would retain its former glory but it has became as predictable as a Three’s Company Episode.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    I’m a Revolution fan, and I don’t care what happens with Nashville. Don’t watch, don’t care.

  • Maria

    I have not watched CM since the episode where the 2 serial killers kidnapped a bus full HS students and made them play out a video game. I think SandyHook happened that week. I was very faithful to CM, after that incident with the children, just could not watch CM.

    Several things:

    – What happened in Sandyhook is probably the most terrible of the long list of terrible shootings that happen in the US all too often.
    The Wheels On The Bus, as happens with any episode of any show, was filmed weeks before Sandyhook. There’s always controversy when a particular episode of any given show resembles a tragedy that happens in the vicinity of its air-date. This time, CBS decided to air it, probably because the resemblances this time were way less than usual.
    – Missing Season 9 means you’re missing the best batch of episodes since The Reaper arc.

  • alex

    Back In The Game needs to be cancelled NOW. Why is ABC waiting? It’s bringing down the entire night

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Back In The Game needs to be cancelled NOW. Why is ABC waiting? It’s bringing down the entire night

    What would they put in its place that would get better ratings? (serious question)

  • FishHOOKEDherO

    Arrow, no matter the numbers is a great show – if you don’t watch it, don’t bash it. POI and Arrow, IMHO are the two go to shows on TV now, a close 3rd …. The Black List

  • Brandy

    @BitG iIS cancelled.Itll air all 13 episodes though.

  • Brandy

    @Alex It IS cancelled but it’ll air all 13 episodes

  • omabin

    It is beyond me how people try to get a relationship between Nashville and Revolution’s renewal chances. It baffles me.

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