TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Criminal Minds', 'Survivor', 'The X Factor' & 'CSI' Down on Soft Thanksgiving Eve

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November 28th, 2013

CSI November 27

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.219 4.886 4.862 2.640 3.606 1.793

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

Note: Viewership was down significantly on Thanksgiving Eve, the biggest travel night of the year.

On CBS, Survivor earned a 2.2 down 12 percent from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds scored a 2.4 down 14 percent from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 2.0 down 5 percent from last week's season high 2.1 adults 18-49 rating..

On FOX, The X Factor notched a 1.2, down 29 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the special  The Making of the Sound of MusicLive! earned a 1.0 down 29 percent from Revolution’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating in the time period last week.  Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 27, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor 2.2/7 8.81
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 1.2/4 4.86
NBC The Making of The Sound of Music Live! 1.0/3 4.92
ABC The Middle - R 1.0/4 4.89
CW Planes, Trains and Automobiles (9-11PM) 0.5/2 1.79
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing - R 1.0/3 4.31
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 2.4/7 11.04
NBC Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving (9-11PM) 1.6/5 4.87
ABC Modern Family- R 1.3/4 4.96
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night - R 0.7/2 2.88
10:00 CBS CSI 2.0/6 10.80
ABC Nashville - R 0.5/2 2.30

-via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:


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  • Andrew43

    A Modern Family repeat beat an original X-Factor.

    That’s pathetic.

  • Matt M.

    ABC sitcoms repeated very well, especially Last Man Standing and Modern Family.

    Ouch at The X Factor.

    Not too bad for Criminal Minds and CSI.

  • 223

    Ouch for X Factor, when will they say it won’t have a fourth?

  • Matt M.


    The Middle topped X Factor in total viewers as well.

  • diegobitch

    The X Factor is dead. If Fox renews it, the network has to be very very desperated.

  • Missy

    If FOX renews X-Factor, it will be the dumbest move they ever did (and they do a lot of dumb moves).

  • Ryan

    With repeat numbers like that, Last Man standing should really air on Wednesday. CBS number aren’t too bad considering the night.

  • rob60990

    LMS would do well after The Middle.

  • psychic

    The X-Factor needs to go.

  • Joe

    Really surprised CSI held up like that.

  • eelna

    plaines, trains, and automobiles is doing great, in viewers even better than ttp. Still i want ttp to go up.

  • Fred

    IMy family and I actually enjoyed X Factor. Some really good talent on last night.
    Highly doubtful FOX will renew this.

  • Chris J

    Saturday Night Live did better than regular programming on the night AND it aired the day before a holiday.

    Maybe Maya Rudolph’s variety show will be a good idea for the network as a midweek primetime comedy hour?

  • Sarah

    I wonder how The X Factor and Glee will do tonight.

  • josh

    hah SNL its almost ridiculous 40 years on the air and yet one of the highest rated show on NBC

  • KC

    Great for Criminal Minds and CSI – as stated above, the ratings are always lower on Thanksgiving Eve.

  • Clarke

    Those are really good numbers for CSI. It’s nice to see it over 10m viewers again.

    XFactor did terrible, as expected. I wonder how low Glee will go tomorrow night….

  • RJ

    Despite the series low for Survivor, CBS held up fairly well.

  • SB

    CBS sure doesn’t do their Wednesday line up any favors. They have run original episodes up against the World Series, the Country Music Awards and now on Thanksgiving Eve. The shows always keep their place on the night but it really lowers their yearly average. Next week they are running repeats of their dramas, why not last night?

  • Kissan

    So a repeat of The Middle had more viewers than an original X Factor, while a repeat of Modern Family had more demo and viewers than an original X Factor…a moment of silence…

    LMS repeats very well after The Middle. I’ve never seen a multi cam sitcom repeat that well out of a single cam sitcom. I think NBC should move comedies to Wednesday next season.

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