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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  • feinn

    horrible week cw, nothing 1.0 or above, tvd might get hurt tonight with catching fire opening in theaters today

  • fringegot5seasons

    Criminal Minds is an immovable brick in that timeslot. AI and MR as it’s competition and it’s so consistent year after year. Of course, the X – Non factor is probably helping it out ;)

  • Eelna

    Arrow pls be adjusted up, good for ttp

  • Carl

    Horrible week for CW would be…most of their weeks in 2010 or 2011. SPN and Arrow were close to 1.0, SPN with no real lead-in, Arrow might still adjust up. TVD will do well.

  • Dan

    @Skykar James – Back when the ABC comedy block was actually funny and higher rated overall.

    Also that’s proof that CBS needs to change its Wed. They are getting consistently lower rated with the same shows. They need to move CSI to Fridays next season Hawaii 5-0 to Sundays and air a new show at 10pm Wed.

  • Skylar James

    @Jeff: the show has ALWAYS had gay characters, if people were put off by the so called “agenda”, they never would’ve tuned in in the first place. Its just a dumb excuse that you happened to spew out that made no sense whatsoever, because you don’t like their “agenda”. Obviously its going down because the quality, like most people have said, is decreasing, and the boring episodes in a row can’t help matters. Dumbass.

  • Marsinvestigations1@gmail.com

    Fingers crossed that Nashville adjusts up

  • Maya

    Jeff is just a bitter old queen that gets no action, hence the resentment…

  • TBM

    That’s a big week to week drop for Modern Family. My guess is it will adjust up a tenth or two in the finals. I will agree with others that it was a so-so episode.

  • HalCapone

    America’s love of violent television cop procedurals shows is as strong as ever which is sad.

  • Percysowner

    .09 is fine and I’m sure it will adjust up, so don’t take this as a bash. I just wondered what happened.

    I’d say the same thing that happened to Supernatural, but SPN followed a show with horrible ratings and Arrow was where it always was. It’s still not that bad a number. I hope it bounces up in finals, otherwise until it becomes a trend, I’m going with it happens. Too bad, it was a really good episode last night, but no one can know that in advance, so that doesn’t count.

  • tj

    Is Elliot (Chris Meloni) still on True Blood? If not they need to promote his return for the next season. I havent watched since he left. Pay the man N.B.C. The ratings will rise a bit anyway, put a new show behind it because nothing else is working. I dont see why people pick on Chicago hope. Its like one of the 2 shows that get over a 2.0 rating on nbc.

  • Gary A

    Only a theory on my part but I believe that MF is experiencing lower ratings due to the shows that surround it. Since most viewers have already turned out BitG and SFN, more people who used to watch MF are probably dvring it to watch at another time.
    Just a theory.

  • tj

    *Chicago fire

  • Robert

    Tough decision for FOX. Of course they were expecting The X Factor to do much better much better, but unfortunately for them The X Factor is in the top half of their shows even with 1.6-1.7.

  • r0ckmypants

    @jupiter3765 – “modern family will rise next week it just has a pretty bad lead in”

    1. Modern Family is a repeat next week.
    2. Even if Modern Family were on next week, its lead-in would still be Back in the Game.
    3. Modern Family doesn’t need a good lead-in; it’s more than capable of standing on its own.

  • Sarah

    The X Factor down :)

  • Networkman

    CBS: WHOA @ CSI!!!! I am really impressed to see it garnering over 11 million viewers. It was a strong episode. Also it is interesting to see it beat Person of Interest as the network’s highest demo earner in the 10pm slot this week.

    ABC: So Modern Family hits its lowest-rated fall telecast since 2009 with Back in the Game as a lead in. It did better having The Neighbors last year in front of it. BITG was not picked up for a full season. So I just don’t understand why ABC couldn’t have tried The Goldbergs after The Middle this week. It would of been nice to see The Goldbergs Thanksgiving special after The Middle.

  • r0ckmypants

    @tj – “Is Elliot (Chris Meloni) still on True Blood?”

    Christopher Meloni was only in 5 episodes of True Blood last season (2012) before his character was killed off. However, he has a new comedy, Surviving Jack, debuting in the spring on Fox.

  • Stacie Wilsoni

    Fingers crossed that Revolution will be adjusted up!

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