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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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Ultima

    ABC had a terrible pilot development cycle 2011/12 season

    That has nothing to do with it.

    Networks simply can’t take new shows and use them to replace other new shows that failed this early in the season.

    For midseason? Sure. For November sweeps? Absolutely not.

  • Ultima


    Thannks for the FOX Sports info, btw – I’m not as up to Speed as I usually am with that stuff ;)

  • fernando

    I love the haters of Revenge, this season has been earning way more viewers then what last season did so if it got renew last season then you can be beat they will renew it this year. I am so proud of Revenge, 8 million is wonderful for this show.

  • joss

    good for TM

  • Networkman

    What the heck is happening to broadcast TV across the board? It is unbelievable that The Walking Dead garnered 10.9 million total viewers but OUAT could not pull at least 10 million viewers with only its third episode of the season. And I’m hoping Revenge doesn’t slip under 8 million viewers. IMO, Baseball was a flop. The animated comedies garner a higher average demo than that. I wonder how The Walking Dead would perform on regular network TV. It would be the most youngest skewing drama on TV and could pull in as many viewers as NCIS.

  • Rooks

    Hoping OUAT adjusts up, it needs to stabilize between 2.7 and 3.1, IMO

  • James

    FOX is having a disapointing year IMO. The Mob Doctor is dead, comedies weren’t great, baseball flops….YIKES!

  • Aeiouy

    666 is dead which sucks. The third episode was really good and the show was finding its stride

  • Aeiouy

    As for people saying things about revenge doing poorly. It is almost a lock for renewal given abcs drama woes.

  • GP

    The Good Wife is good TV. Lots of story lines. Some episode specific, some on going. Human interest aspect without soap opera feel. Everything connects. Good pace is well edited. GLAD FRANKLIN AND BASH RENEWED!

  • macbil

    LOVE “REVENGE.” Please get the kind of ratings you need to get renewed.

  • Caitlin

    how can anyone think 666 park avenue is a good show? There is nothing scary or suspenseful about it. The show overal is a bore and the plot is going at snail-pace. I think they are making stuff up as they go along.

    American Horror Story is scary, creepy, fun.

    666 Park Avenue is boring. It has a soap opera feel, a badly-made soap opera with a supernatural twist. It reminds me of Passions. And the acting is really bad.

  • Bookworm

    I hope OUAT can stay in that spot, I would hate to see it drop again but I do believe that it is getting a little boring to me. I know that are bringing together multiple fairytale and what not but it is not grabbing me like before. Revenge did great but I think it might be adjusted down, either, good news for it!!

    666 Park Slope, I’m past worried now. You are just dead now, ABC just need to let it go off right now and show repeats of DH or something. I don’t know but just please let this show go because it hits a 1.1.

    Out of the Freshmen Dramas, I don’t believe ABC has hit their mark. Last Resort, 666 Park Slope and Nashville were sort of disappointments though Nashville didn’t do so bad, I thought it was have cracked 3.0 and I hope that it can keep that 2.6 for the next episodes.

  • SJ

    Good for Revenge, slightly troubling for Once Upon a Time. The absolute ratings are still fine, but it’s the week-on-week drops that worry me. Hopefully the trend reverses with the arrival of Captain Hot Hook next week. ;)

    Why haven’t audiences connected with The Good Wife? It’s scary how sharp that show has remained 3+ years in. By the way, The Mentalist, which started at 10:22, (and is likely to adjust up when the Good Wife overrun is factored out in the finals) rated higher than Hawaii 5-0 on Monday. Of course, H50 still has the edge when it comes to renewal.

  • Tom

    Fox got unlucky that the more appealing LCS (Tigers-Yankees) is on Tbs… At least from my point of view the sport of baseball still has millions and millions of fans but it markets terribly!!! Young baseball fans are more interested in the end of a terrible football game (FANTASY FOOTBALL) then the NLCS and it shows in the ratings… It sickens me nothing is being done from the commissioner’s office

  • Mark3

    666 is so good! Just goes to show people in america like to watch crap dramas and reality crap.

  • Ultima

    Just goes to show people in america like to watch crap dramas and reality crap.


  • Mike

    This might seem stupid to some readers but ABC made a HUGE mistake naming it’s show 666 Park Avenue. Many religious people will not watch the show for that reason. This is not a nutty observation. If the show were called Park Avenue versus 666 Park Avenue, it would be doing better in the ratings. I know people who have told me that they will not watch the show because of the 666. Hollywood doesn’t get how offensive that is to many religious people…..

  • Ultima

    This might seem stupid to some readers but ABC made a HUGE mistake naming it’s show 666 Park Avenue

    First, ABC didn’t name the show. The show is based off of a book with that name and neither Warner Bros. or ABC decided it warranted a change.

    If the show were called Park Avenue versus 666 Park Avenue, it would be doing better in the ratings.

    Second, are you seriously suggesting that people who have a problem with the use of the number 666 are not going to have a problem with a supernatural drama based around a demonic force possessing an apartment building and its tenants?


    Is this the “we have no problem with Satan as long as you don’t mention his name” crowd?

  • Rebecca

    I bet it’s a great book. Anyone know? lol

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