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

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November 21st, 2013

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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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  • tj

    Cw top hitters sliding this week with Spn and Arrow. Up to TVD. Originals did good though off memory. Yea for Criminal Minds.

  • Hethler

    Who says FRINGE was FOX’s lowest-rated show. Hahaha! They should bury X-Factor and put all their efforts/money promoting other shows.

  • Avery

    MF tumbling

    TTP doing well and has great retention, better than Reign

  • jupiter3765

    modern family is in no danger so why is everyone worried i mean bad quality is not effecting how i met your mothers ratings

  • Jami

    Come on REVOLUTION adjust up.
    REVOLUTION was awesome last night. Even Charlie was good.
    Well here’s to wishing, hoping and praying that REVOLUTION comes back steady in 2014. I was kind a hoping it would hit a 1.6/5.
    Well at least it’s steady!

  • Skylar James

    I think TVD will also fall quite a bit today, since the main plotline is now over with the death of 3 characters in the previous episode. The college storyline just isnt that interesting

  • Ted Craig

    Oh no, MF is doomed. It was only the highest rated show of the night and the only one to top a 3. But wow, isn’t CSI’s 2.1 impressive?

    Seriously, some of these comments are so dumb.

  • j

    Wednesdays are so boring. There’s so much mediocrity ratings-wise that there’s nothing to really root for, yet not much to point and laugh at.
    It’s the least interesting day between Sun-Thurs.

  • LM

    @Seth – I don’t think is terrible for Revolution, it has consistently showed the same numbers week after week. Maybe I am naive about ratings but if a show is retaining is viewers is not a disaster. I think those type of shows are hard to find new viewers….my husband started watching, but it was very hard to explain what has happened so far.

  • Timmy G

    Yeah the fall for Arrow is weird, there really seems to be no factor that caused it. Good to see TTP stable.


    jupiter3765 except how I met your mother is in its final season and ratings always seem to go up in announced final seasons.

  • DougF


    The Originals wasn’t on this week.

  • Val


    Originals didn’t air this week.

    CW is fine, they’ve had ‘down’ weeks like this earlier in the season. A 0.9 for both those shows is still good.


    ANOTHER Weds win for CBS as entire slate over 2.0 w/ CSI matching season 2.1 high

    ABC slips with entire comedy sked–MF 3.3 lowest in four years–OUCH–Nashville 1.6 beats Revenge again

    FOX paltry w/ XFAC mustering only a 1.6

    NBC is biggest loser of night w/ SVU 1.6 the high point of the night

    Arrow falls below 1.0 for the CW & TTP stagnent @ 0.6

  • MeAndMrsJones

    Arrow has made some missteps this season. Hopefully they can bounce back from it. TTP, *sigh* This show does even have to try that hard and it could be a hundred times better. This would be where I start ranting about Julie Plec and her awesome storytelling idea. Yes, she only has the one: love triangle with a side of misogyny.

  • Dan S

    A lot of shows would kill for a 3.3 so I’m not too worried for MF’s future yet. The show that needs to be concerned about is Nashville. I still think it’ll see a 3rd season as long as it doesn’t drop much further.

  • Potato

    @Ted– yeah, and 100+ comments that imply the CW only has room to renew their top rated show, or that NBC should scrap every show they have :p

  • jupiter3765

    but boy dont do all of the networks have some problems

  • Why Watch

    More and more it looks like Revolution will end this year. Coming in fourth in its time slot with these numbers doesn’t cut it. Can’t move it to 10, it would definitely die there. Not too many options left since the Voice is everywhere else on the schedule.

  • Tessa

    Looks like the bug that caught Supernatural hit Arrow too. It was a less stellar episode than last week (and it had Laurel, ugh) but it contained some good revelations and the return of a favorite bad guy so I hope it adjusts up in the finals.

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