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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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  • s0303

    sucks arrow dropped so much…maybe people were just tired of count vertigo…if that’s the case, problem solved :)

  • Janus

    The Revolution doom and gloomers are silly–it’s still steady as a rock and overall pretty strong for NBC. It has a decent shot at renewal. And it may adjust up–and if it doesn’t it is still steady and in decent shape.

  • Trevor Lloyd

    How Modern Family continues to get Emmy wins over TBBT is a complete puzzler!!

  • UofMGuy423

    MF needs to back off the wedding stuff for Cam and Mitch. It’s a dull storyline with those two.

  • Avery

    @Trevor Lloyd: ever watched TBBT without the laugh track? Yeah…

  • HalCapone

    13% decline for Modern Family is a little surprising but a 25% decline for Arrow is alarming

  • Steven

    Wednesday ratings really just suck. I don’t even understand how people can still care or watch Survivor after all these years.

    Arrow seems to be up and down this season. It makes it hard for me to decided if a .6 is good enough for The Tomorrow People to get a renewal or not. Reign managed to finally top it with a .7 last week but it also has the better lead in with TVD. I want to see Tomorrow People do well because I feel like the idea behind the show is there. There is room for improvement but the basic outline is good. The just need to focus more on the war between Ultra and TTP and less on turning the show into a teenage soap.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Suprising is CSI going from 30 millions viewers in 2005 to 11 millions in 2013.

  • Dochas

    -I think some fans of Arrow tuned out when they saw the previews, thinking they may be repeating a Vertigo rehash, or it could simply be another fluctuating week for TV viewing. A .09 – 1.2 is fairly common for Arrow, and still good numbers. The entire episode wasn’t strong last night but the last 15 mins made up for it. I just love the supporting characters (minus Thea) and guest stars on this show. I also love the new dynamic in Oliver and Felicity’s relationship. I don’t ship couples but I think I would change my mind for them if Arrow went that route. My only problem with Laurel is, Katie Cassidy doesn’t bring the energy and charisma to this role as she did with Ruby on Supernatural. She absolutely has no chemistry with Stephen Amell but I thought she had it with Colin Donnell.

  • tv_viewer

    When Modern Family hit a 3.2 on March 27, 2013, that episode aired just before Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013). Fans going on vacation was probably the biggest reason for that day’s ratings.

    Yesterday’s episode’s ratings shouldn’t be blamed on Thanksgiving. Based on the preliminary ratings, NBC, CBS, and CW at least matched last week’s ratings in the 9 pm hour. Something caused FOX and ABC to drop during the 9 pm hour.

  • cc

    The Middle is the only show I turn the tv on for on Wednesday night. Not sad to see MF slide. And I like Ed O’Neil.

  • RyanCanada

    i do think its the beginning of the end of modern family, wasnt it hitting 5’s in the demo a year or so ago? it wont have the long jevity that TBBT has…. loved Arrow and TTP, and such a funny episode of SFN last night.

  • Tessa

    @RIP Ripple

    Why is everybody always talking negatively about Laurel’s character. I actually think her character brings alot to the table.

    Yeah she may have played the hell bent, crazy, totally unprofessional prosecutor well. Problem is the show also wants her to be the love interest so she can’t really give into the role. She crushes her opponent (if we buy the silly court procedures that is) but with tears in her eyes and the actress fails at portraying either emotion so we get a total mess.

  • Jimmy

    Rumours swirling that revolution will in fact be switching spots with chicago fire come January.

  • HeadlessHorseman

    @Skylar James and @Jeff
    Seriously? Is this really necessary?

    @Jeff, you shouldn’t have brought it up in the first place. While they have been pushing gay rights a little harder than before, I seriously doubt that’s why people have stopped watching.

    @Skylar James, why even reply? You had to know it’d spark an argument. We don’t need to have an argument over gay rights or other political views. We already have enough arguments over TV ratings.


    douglas it is in its 14th year 300 episodes, very few shows are that good

  • rgxx

    I don’t get it … people watch AOS but not Arrow…????

    Next Wednesday THE FLASH will make his first appearence on ARROW!


    janus a 1.4 and less than 6 million isn’t good now for revolution. its is going to be off for a few weeks and we will see how it does in the spring

  • david

    To bad Arrow fell so much because it was good with the Count returning to Starling City. The Tomorrow People is really steady the past few weeks its remained at a .6 if Arrows goes up or down.

  • Bored Now

    Not great for Arrow but hardly a disaster, especially if it adjusts up later. Another steady week for TTP. That’s got to be a positive when Arrow is fluctuating up and down.

    Revolution is doing okay. Certainly not a definite renewal case but when compared to the rest of NBC it at least seems to have found a steady audience. Still think it would benefit from a later hour though.

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