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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  • pooty

    Kudos to CBS for running new episodes last night! Some of us are at home on Tgiving eve and not traveling!

  • Michael1

    Ouch @ NBC. They had better hope the Ravens don’t get another blackout tonight. Of course, it would still get more viewers than new episodes of their normal Thursday Night Line-up.

  • snoot

    I’d love for Wednesday’s abc lineup to be the middle, last man standing, modern family, suburgatory. I think the middle and lms would go well together

  • LOST

    I just have to say that Survivor, after 27 seasons, still the best reality show out there. Loved last nights episode!

  • DenverDean

    It’s weird that CBS runs the entire new line-up on a night that doesn’t really count – all the new shows last year were coded as specials. CSI and CM are already on episode 10, episode 11 airs in two weeks. That only leaves 11 episodes for each to run Jan – May (5 months), which is much longer stretch than end Sept – mid Dec (less than 3 months).

    Anyway CSI scored it’s second-best viewer numbers of the season, too bad they don’t count. LOL

  • David

    Well done to The Middle, Last Man Standing and Modern Family. I’m glad the American Idol carbon copy’s ratings continue to fall.

  • SB

    Ultima I don’t usually respond, I usually speak my peace and move on, but, I mentioned it because the other networks do not do it (check Modern Family for one example). Because Big Bang was scheduled as a repeat in case of a World Series Game Seven and because it is a repeat again tonight on Thanksgiving. Mathematically speaking a rerun last night and a stronger showing next week would work out to a higher average than an original this week and repeat next week. I don’t understand why you feel it is necessary to respond to a logical argument from someone else. You don’t have to agree with me but it is not a comment without merit.

  • Ultima

    It’s weird that CBS runs the entire new line-up on a night that doesn’t really count – all the new shows last year were coded as specials.

    Of course they count! Just because they are classified as specials doesn’t mean than CBS isn’t selling advertising time.

  • Ultima

    Mathematically speaking a rerun last night and a stronger showing next week would work out to a higher average than an original this week and repeat next week.

    If both nights were equally valuable, you would be correct.

    However, last night was both during sweeps and right before Black Friday. From a revenue standpoint (instead of a ratings standpoint), CBS and its affiliates are almost certainly better off with originals this week instead of next (considering that their lineup was only down ~10%).

  • JoeHamm

    Why couldn’t ABC have aired a recent movie instead of just rerunning their regular lineup? Seems a bit stupid, in my opinion. Could’ve gotten way better numbers.

  • Kissan


    Do you know when ABC will put repeats of The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife on Wednesdays?

  • Ji (g)

    the Simon brand is dead, X-Factor is so over trying. THe 3 guys on Simon’s team sucked so bad last night and the judges gave them so much praise.

    I switched channels right after that.

  • Adien


    Criminal Minds usually gets a 24 episode order each season so they will probably be left with 12 episodes for Jan-May. Not alot I agree!
    CBS should somehow do a better job in reducing repeats in March/April…even their crime shows repeat relatively well

  • CBSviewer

    @ Adien

    Criminal Minds has a 22-episode order this season, not 24.

  • J

    Criminal Minds and CSI were awesome again.X Factor will be renewed b/c Fox loves Simon and reality shows are cheap to produce.

  • Scott

    @Ji (G)

    The X Factor has always had a problem with the judges being too nice. It’s why I stopped watching after/the middle of the first season. Coaches on The Voice even manage to slip in some criticism, except if it’s their own team member.

    It does look like FOX will renew X Factor for a fourth season, with Demi and/or Kelly returning as judges. The numbers still beat other shows on FOX.

  • John

    The X Factor is weird in that they over praise certain contestants and then criticize ones who were actually good. The Voice judges though really never criticize anyone. The rate time they do, it’s followed up by heaps of praises.

  • P L Sims

    When I see the ratings for some of the renewed shows, I will never understand why they cancelled Malibu Country. It was getting on its feet and our family and friends loved the show. It was a good family comedy and we shared a lot of good laughs while watching it.

  • toons

    anyone else notice that modern family… abc’s top rated show… has had only 2 new eps in the last 5 weeks? that’s just freaking ridiculous… i know rerunning on wed before thanksgiving is fine and preempting for awards shows and rerunning right before sweeps makes logical sense but 2 out of 5 right at the beginning of the season is just stupid… cant see cbs doing that with BBT

  • ragincajun

    Um, hello people! CBS ran new episodes last night because they more than likely used those new episodes to make a killing selling ads for Black Friday. Not everything is simply about ratings for yearly averages. The nets are in business to make money.

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