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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  • N

    Hope Revolution adjust up (like last week). Ratings are not good but given that NBC’s entire Thursday lineup are collapsing, it might have a shot.

    After all, this is the network that gave Chuck and Friday Night Lights 5 seasons, even though their ratings would have justify cancellation from season 2 (like Revolution). There will be budget cuts, but that’s okay.

  • dantas

    Good morning, folks! How are you guys doing?

    Better than Revolution, I bet. I don’t hate the show at all, but its ratings are suggesting the show is doomed. Estabilizing at 1.4 (below the channel’s average) will only guarantee its renewal if it stays there for the rest of the season and/or almost every show on NBC falls under its numbers. Both scenarios are HIGHLY unlikely.

    ABC fans shouldn’t hold their breath with either Nashville or Super Fun Night. Both WILL be canned by My 2014.

    The first show can’t afford to fall under 1.4 – and it’s already been surrounding that area this early in the season. The second show didn’t recieve a full season order and The Renew/Cancel Index showed us recently why that fact is a bad, bad thing for it.

    Meanwhile, Criminal Minds, The Middle and Arrow are getting renewed. Law & Order: SVU and CSI are also getting renewed. I believe they both should get at least another season each.

    The Tomorrow People is still safe. It will get renewed as long as it avoids hitting multiple 0.4s this season. Once again, by “multiple” I mean 4 or more episodes.

  • Skylar James

    Retro 2011


    3.0 The Middle
    3.0 Suburgatory
    5.6 Modern Family
    3.2 Happy Endings
    2.6 Revenge


    3.3 Survivor
    3.7 Criminal Minds
    2.6 CSI


    1.9 Up All Night
    1.1 Harry’s Law
    1.9 Law & Order SVU


    3.9 X-Factor


    0.8 America’s Next Top Model

  • jane

    Even with Modern Family at a season low in ratings,SVU could only pull in 1.5 first half, 1.6 second half.
    Meanwhile the other veterans of Criminal Minds and CSI go up to 2.8 and 2.1,CSI getting a season high.
    SVU is losing steam.

  • Seth


    Revolution was the Fall Finale and it went down from the previous week. Also, it doesn’t return until Jan. 8th. It’s only going to go down from here, and there doesn’t seem to be any chance it will ever go past a 1.5 from now on.

  • jupiter3765

    modern family will rise next week it just has a pretty bad lead in

  • Angelo

    Arrow and The Tomorrow People hopefully adjust up! The good thing for the tomorrow people is that it is steady better to be that way than go up and down at least they have a certain audience. Good Job

  • sally

    CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI are great

  • Jeff

    MF is dropping because people are tired of the gay agenda in the show.

  • jupiter3765

    bad for nbc

  • Maria

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt
    Modern Family tumbled to a 3.2 last spring and then shot back to a 4.2. the very next week. And to the person who said Criminal Minds would be beating Modern Family soon, a few weeks ago Criminal Mnds got a 2.3 and Moden Family had a 3.9 rating. Criminal Minds took a tumble and rebounded, Modern Family will do the same.

    Criminal Minds tumble was directly related to the CMT Awards airing in ABC, a 1 night event (and the prev Wed to the last match played of the World Series). No idea what will happen to MF, or CM for that matter, but you’re comparing apples to oranges.

  • Skylar James

    @Jeff: what a stupid thing to say. To bad people arent tired of the ignorant agenda that you like so much

  • Brandy

    Glad Nashvilles up.TTP still not growing.

  • jupiter3765

    why aint the comments showing up i like reading all of the comments

  • tv fan 1986

    Okay, it’s official: Nashville really needs to be moved to Thursdays at 10/9c with Grey’s Anatomy at 8/7c and Scandal at 9/8c. It would make a very great combo there.

  • Jeff

    @Skylar, just stating a possible reason the show is losing people. Don’t get all butt hurt if you like their agenda.

  • Andrew

    Good for Revolution, it’s holding steady all season.

  • Dan

    The Tomorrow People still at a consistent 0.6 while Arrow slides. That’s still good for TTP and better than Reign’s retention.

  • jupiter3765

    modern family

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Criminal Mimes! It was sort of an odd episode, most of it played out inside the precinct.

    Fantastic for CSI!

    Revoultion still holding strong!

    SVU continues to be a stalwart for NBC after all these years!

    That number still isn’t awful for Arrow.

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