Crime Pays for CBS: ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘CSI’ Hit Season Highs Wednesday


'Modern Family' tops in demo, but hits season low; 'Revolution' wraps fall up in total viewers

UPDATE: “Survivor” went up in the nationals released Thursday afternoon by Nielsen (2.5/7 in 18-49, 10.18 million viewers overall), meaning all three CBS Wednesday shows hit season highs in total viewers. Also edging up in 18-49 were ABC’s “The Middle” (2.3/7, 8.53m) and “Modern Family” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 10.19m), Fox’s “The X Factor” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.51m) and CW’s “Arrow” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.66m). ABC’s “Super Fun Night” edged down (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.52m).

In cable, FX’s “American Horror Story” was the top show in 18-49 (2.2/x in 18-49, 3.99m), narrowly winning the 10 p.m. hour in 18-49 over “CSI.” The CBS crimer won easily in adults 25-54 (3.1 to 1.9) and total viewers (11.19m vs. 3.99m).


CBS swept five of six half-hours in key demos Wednesday, as “Criminal Minds” and “CSI” both rose to season highs and “Survivor” again easily topped Fox’s “The X Factor” kicking off the night. ABC’s “Modern Family” fell to a four-year low, but the net’s “Nashville” was on the uptick.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Survivor” averaged a 2.4 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, winning its timeslot in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers; head-to-head, it beat “X Factor” by about 70% (2.4 to 1.4).

“Criminal Minds” followed by matching its season high in 18-49 (2.8/8, likely rounding to a 2.9 in the nationals) and setting a fall high in 25-54 and total viewers — winning its hour in all three categories. Closing out the night for the Eye, “CSI” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall) was up 10% week to week and handily beat its rivals in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

Elsewhere, ABC’s comedy block was down week to week, starting with “The Middle” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), which was a tick behind “Survivor” in 1849, and “Back in the Game” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall). “Modern Family” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) was down 13% week to week, falling to its lowest 18-49 score since a Thanksgiving Eve episode in its first season (2009) but still Wednesday’s No. 1 show in the demo. And at 9:30 p.m., “Super Fun Night” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week, so its retention of “Modern Family” was better.

A bright spot for the Alphabet was 10 p.m. drama “Nashville” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall), which was up a tick week to week to match its top 18-49 rating since Oct. 2.

Fox’s “X Factor” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) was about on par with last week, placing third in 18-49 from 8 to 10.

At NBC, the fall finale of “Revolution” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) was down a tenth in 18-49 from last week while hitting a five-week high in total viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) was in line with its week-ago delivery, as was the special “Dateline” at 10 (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall).

CW’s “Arrow” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) was down from its strong ratings of last week, while “The Tomorrow People” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) held steady.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.4/7; ABC, 2.0/6; Fox, 1.6/5; Univision, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.8/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.1 million; ABC, 6.9 million; Fox, 5.5 million; NBC, 5.3 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 2.1 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.

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