TV Ratings Sunday: Football Beats Baseball,'Revenge' & 'The Mentalist' Up, 'Once Upon A Time & '666 Park Avenue' Down

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October 15th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.6/14 2.7/7 2.2/6 2.1/5 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.8/14 2.5/7 1.5/4 1.6/5 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 14.703 8.078 10.412 7.010 2.906


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (Football Overtime) FOX (NFL Overtime and MLB Baseball) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Packers/Texans)  from 8:30-11:00PM earned a 6.9 adults 18-49  rating, up 11% from last week's 6.2 fast nationals.

On FOX, NFL Overrun earned a 6.2 adults 18-49 rating. The OT earned a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating. The MLB Baseball playoffs earned a 1.9 among adults 18-49.

On ABC,  America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 7%  from last week's 1.5. Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% from last week's 3.4. Most of your predictions were a little optimistic.  Revenge scored a 2.7 ,up 4% from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.5 down 12% from last week's 1.7 rating

On CBS, the start of all primetime shows were delayed approximately 22 minutes due to Football overtime, increasing the likelihood that the ratings will be adjusted in the finals. From 7-8PM,  60 Minutes/Football earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 3.6. The Amazing Race matched last week's 2.6adults 18-49 rating. The Good Wife scored a  1.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. The Mentalist earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 25% from last week's series low of  1.6.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 14, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football -Live 6.2/18 17.05
CBS Football Overrun - Live/60 Minutes 2.6/7 12.56
NBC Football Night in America Past 1 - Live 1.9/5 5.73
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4/4 5.77
7:30 FOX The OT - Live 4.4/12 11.59
NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 3.3/9 9.08
8:00 NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live  5.3/14 14.23
ABC Once Upon A Time 3.0/7 9.14
FOX MLB Baseball: Cardinals at Giants (8-11PM) - Live 1.9/5 6.00
CBS The Amazing Race 2.6/6 9.42
8:30 NBC NFL Football : Packers at Texans  Live (8:30-11PM) 6.9/16 17.72
9:00 ABC Revenge 2.7/6 8.21
CBS The Good Wife 1.7/4 9.04
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.0/5 10.62
ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.5/4 4.92

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



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  • Max


    Performing on the same level as what was a collapsing DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES last season. And what’s worse, at least that show was long in the tooth. You are not even two whole seasons old. The show is just going to keep on dropping. I expect high 1’s by the time we reach spring.

    And look at the 1/2 hour drop- from a 2.8/6 to a 2.5/6 and a loss of about 63K viewers. Obviously, those OUAT fans change the channel.

    OUAT- such a steady hit for ABC. Amazing considering the genre.

    666- LOL. Come on ABC, do a mercy killing already.

  • Glue

    Revenge! :)

    OUaT :(

  • samu

    OUAT >-<

  • rob60990

    so much for Revenge dropping against The Walking Dead.

  • were123

    Happy that Revenge got up even when OUAT went down, I was worried that The Walking Dead premiere could’ve hurt it, but now that I know it didn’t, I can rest assure :)

  • MoHasanie

    Why is OUAT falling so much?!? Never expected it to fall to a 3.0 already. This show’s ratings are quite unpredictable but I think it will be adjusted up.
    Good for Revenge. But the 0.3 drop in the half hour is a little steep. The Walking Dead didn’t affect its ratings.
    I thought the episode was good, but a little confusing. Like, when Victoria gave that announcement to the press, I found it hard to follow what happened, so I’ll have to go read the summary of the episode.
    666 is dead. Too bad. I never watched last night’s episode but I don’t think I will, since its going to be cancelled.

  • rob60990

    The irony of a Scandal fan talking about retention and a half hour drop…

  • HB

    WTH happened to OUAT???? :O
    Glad Revenge is a bit up :D

  • Jay

    Man, I’m already over Revenge. I really enjoyed the first half of season one, but it seems to have lost its momentum. Every storyline is just treading water…

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Happy for Revenge and TM, even though TM may be adjusted down.

  • lando

    OUAT was great! Next week’s episode should go up! Impressed at Revenge considering The Walking Dead premiere.

  • Joshua

    The Walking Dead is boring…

    The Good Wife and Revenge way better!!!

  • Dean_W

    666 Park Avenue is dead. Go The Mentalist !!!

  • eridapo

    AR 2.7 10.16/ 2.5 8.67
    GW 1.8 9.14/ 1.6 8.95
    TM 2.1 10.88/ 2.0 10.37

    OUAT 2.9 8.88/ 3.0 9.40
    REV 2.8 8.53/ 2.5 7.90
    666Park 1.7 5.21/ 1.4 4.63

    CBS Possible time delay due to Football of nearly 25 Minutes

  • HB


    Oh god just stop it already! Revenge is getting WAY better numbers than its FIRST season!

  • KatieBell

    Oh Max, Max, Max – you are so predictable.

  • Daw Johnson

    Very disappointing numbers for football, to be honest.

    This was the Green Bay Packers, second only to the Cowboys in terms of reliability as a ratings draw, against the Texans, who were undefeated going into the game *AND* coming off a pretty impressive ratings display against the Jets on Monday.

  • pmiller

    GREAT for ‘Revenge’, so-so for ‘Once Upon A Time’, unfortunately grim as expected for ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘666 Park Avenue’.

  • RMH

    The Mentalist probably went up because it actually started on time in most places.

  • tv_viewer

    There may be some adjustments coming. Didn’t OUAT end at 9:01 pm?

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