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.

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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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  • Alan

    Go Revenge! Still pretty steady even with The Walking Dead premiere at the same hour.

  • Tom

    @ Max
    get a life, do you wait all day on this site just so that you can comment first?
    revenge is doing great and it will be renewed

  • The Old Woman

    Good numbers for OUAT and Revenge. Not too bad for Mentalist. 666 Park Avenue is a goner.

    Looks like The Walking Dead did not make a dent in the mostly female skewing audience of both OUAT and Revenge.

  • Daw Johnson

    As for The Walking Dead being “boring”–that’s probably the one adjective you can’t use to describe last night’s episode.

    Unless boring involves non-stop sequences of intense action and gruesome zombie kills…

  • fringewillget5seasons

    Good for TM. Maybe it can overcome its trash lead in after all.

  • MoHasanie

    I think these ratings sort of prove, that Revenge doesn’t really benefit from the lead in of OUAT. Like, OUAT fell by 0.4, but Revenge rose by 0.1 compared to last week. It was the same last year, when OUAT was getting mid to high 3’s. and DH pulled high 2’s, but when OUAT fell in the spring to high 2’s, DH remained steady.

  • jay

    CBS aired regular time except 60 Minutes ?

  • forg

    Why is OUAT down so much :( Well most ABC shows this season dropped badly after their premiere, I hope they bounce back

  • eridapo

    CBS needs to flip Mentalist with the Good Wife. If it does this, TM will go up 3/10 of a point. Against TM, Revenge will go down to the low 2s.

  • rob60990

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

    No, Revenge started on time.

  • Kbnel

    @max – revenge rose a tenth, while OUAT fell 3/10. You’re making a fool out of yourself.

  • iMember

    YES!!! So happy to see Revenge UP this week. Last night’s episode was back in full form and I can’t wait to see next week’s episode.

    That press conference scene had me speechless. It was brilliant!

    @MAX You’re a funny guy, but no.

  • taylor

    lmao. all you can do is laugh at max at this point.

  • Max Vrany

    CBS primetime was delayed in select markets due to NFL overruns.


    Green ET/CT markets (New England, Philly, Baltimore, Miami/Orlando/West Palm Beach, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Dallas and others) were delayed 22 mins and light blue ET/CT markets (Buffalo/Upstate NY) were delayed 35 mins.

  • Michael

    I wish more people would stick around for 666 Park Avenue. The show is getting better.

  • Just

    Guys, it’s time to ban max don’t ya think?


  • John A

    Just ignore Max people.

  • Ricardo

    666 Park Avenue is such a good show and it has been so poorly handled :( By this time i believe there’s no doubt it will get canceled. What a waste…

  • MoHasanie

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



    Actually, OUAT is not steady at all. Its fallen 0.4 every week.

  • cc

    Yay for Revenge.

    Why is AFV still on?

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