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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  • It’s Britney Itch

    I want X Factor go below the 1.0 sooooo bad.

    The making of Sound of Music was AMAZING. I can’t wait for it to air live.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I watched Criminal Minds live for the first time last night because there was no Modern Family or Law and Order. Was pretty impressed. It wasn’t even a season low on Thanksgiving Eve

  • Fumbuck

    ABC should move Last Man Standing to 8:30 on a permanent basis!

  • chris

    There’s no doubt LMS would perform well on Wednesday or even Tuesday for that matter but ABC won’t make that move. It’s aggravating because if ABC really wanted too, I think they could build two powerful 2 hour comedy blocks but they’re content with mediocrity.

  • chris

    ABC’s mediocrity smh. I mean seriously, when was the last time ABC aired commercials for LMS? I haven’t seen one since the season premier.

  • Debra

    The Criminal Minds episode on last night was very good, however i don’t understand why they opted to show a new episode this week and will be showing a rerun next week. I can’t help but think they maybe should’ve down the opposite.

    I still feel though, that both CM and CSI held up pretty good all things considered.

  • Nick

    I’m also on board with ABC moving LMS to Wednesday 8:30. They keep trying to make mediocre comedies work in that slot but it never works. They have a good multi-cam sitcoms on their hands and they’re just wasting it on Fridays. It’s so aggravating.

  • Adam

    Whoever does ABC’s scheduling should be fired. They need to learn how to match up comedies. You’ve had 2 staples(The Middle, Modern Family) in the Wednesday lineup for what 5 years now and yet the only other show that has been semi-successful during that time is Suburgatory.

  • Scandalfan

    I think Fox should renew the X-Factor for another season, all the 3 Judges need to go. Can they get Janet Jackson? Bring back Paula and Simon. Why 4 Judges? 3 is more than enough.

  • Robbie Bishop

    That’s pretty good for both CM and CSI.
    Viewership-wise, that’s CSI’s second highest-viewed episode this season, and Criminal Minds was still above 11m. Very nice for both, especially on the biggest travel night of the year. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how things hold up in the finals.

    Not that it matters, but I felt both CM and CSI were some of the best episodes this season. CM slowly seems to be getting back to the way things were before season 7 came in and changed almost everything. Hope they continue this.

  • Jake

    Well the ratings speak for themselves, especially with reruns. Last night showed that Super Fun Night should be cancelled right away. And Last Man Standing could bring in good ratings on Tue. or Wed. It’s been on for 3 yrs. now & established a big fan base. They should give it a try for a couple of weeks on one of those nights. They might have another huge hit comedy. But the big wigs at ABC don’t possess a brain undoubtedly.

  • Stewart

    I cant see X Factor getting renewed – Simon Cowell is on about coming back to the UK version, and he wont be able to feature on both!

    Cant see a US version airing without him, as viewing figures will be even lower!

  • Avery

    Suburgatory would’ve done the same as LMS, so I dont see the big deal.

  • Kimberly

    Total viewership of a repeat of the Middle also beat X-Factor…

  • chloe

    Anyway all of the new ABC comedies is going to be cancelled so suburgatory or LMS could move to Wednesday instead of trying a new sitcom that will always fail.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Since ABC has already de facto cancelled Back in the Game, why not air a new episode during sweeps. It would have gotten the same as the LMS repeat, and if they had a special airing after Modern Family, it would have destroyed the SFN repeat

  • david

    Planes Trains and Automobiles got the same numbers as last year. I remember last year it got a .5 the night before Thanksgiving. Its a good funny movie with John Candy.

  • Ultima

    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.

    Why does everyone expect networks to just run repeats whenever there’s any sort of competition on?

    There’s potentially seven World Series games, entertainment programming isn’t just going to stop; also, I can’t think of anyone ever not counterprogramming the CMAs.

    The shows always keep their place on the night but it really lowers their yearly average.

    Repeats lower a show’s season average too, what’s your point? Also, last night’s episodes were probably classified as specials.

    Next week they are running repeats of their dramas, why not last night?

    Because being the highest rated network less than 36 hours before Black Friday is more desirable than avoiding a week of repeats in December.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Also, since they were experimenting with the special LMS repeat, why nof air a repeat of The Goldbergs or Trophy Wife

  • Ultima

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt
    Also, since they were experimenting with the special LMS repeat, why nof air a repeat of The Goldbergs or Trophy Wife

    They already have repeats of those shows scheduled for Wednesday 8:30pm in the upcoming weeks.

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