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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  • Paulo PT

    Pull the plug ABC, 666 is dead!

    ABC is such bad title shows first Good Christian B*
    The B* in apartment 23
    666 Park Avenue

    This don’t make any sense to me!

    If Nashville hold up this week moving to sunday night is not a bad idea. ABC needs a strong block on sundays!

  • Liam

    Dispite the drop, Once held up well. I really hope the show will rise next week.
    Revenge is doing alright on Sundays. The ratings are around the same level as this time last year on wednesdays.
    666 not so great. The show is going to be cancelled.

    The Good Wife seems stable. I just hope the ratings dont drop any lower.

  • eridapo

    @ Daw Johnson

    The drop in FB probably has to do with the Baseball playoffs.

  • s0303

    a bit better for the mentalist…

    baseball popularity has dropped so much since i was a kid :( knew it didn’t have a chance to beat football, but can’t even get a 2.0 for a playoff game is sad…

  • Warren

    LOL Max your posts are made even more hilarious by the fact that they’re always the first one. I have a feeling you draft these in a word.doc before the ratings are posted so you can do a quick copy and paste job with a few quick adds/edits based on the data and click that submit comment button like a gun in a Western.

  • JJ

    That’s actually very good for The Mentalist considering the lead in it has and the fact that it’s starts 10:30…


    Not much to say about CBS/NBC/FOX until the finals

    OUAT 3.0, guessed 3.2, hopefully will be adjusted up, not good at all for 666

    Think TWD will do better than 2.7

    As Laura Petrie would say: “Oh, Rob”

  • iMember

    I got to watch both Revenge and The Walking Dead last night.

    I watched Revenge LIVE (I can’t miss an episode! TOO GOOD!) and I watched The Walking Dead after since AMC airs a repeat of the new episodes at 10.

    Revenge was really good, and The Walking Dead had an awesome premiere! Glad Revenge’s numbers weren’t hurt by it.

    Also, I think this is where ABC Sundays will pretty much be steady at with Once and Revenge – which is GREAT I think.

    I feel bad for 666, because the show actually isn’t bad. It has gotten better.

  • Andrea

    Poor 666!

  • eridapo

    With these Baseball ratings, I expect that in couple of years the NCLS and ALCS will be on Cable. Heck even the World Series should go to Cable.

  • juank

    LOL al TGW!!! LOVE REVENGE!!! the walking dead is quite…boring….is not that bad for OUAT….it will be adjusted up

  • omabin

    Good for Revenge. I am surprised Once Upon a Time is falling so much. It lost nearly a full point since the premiere already, it’s not good. I don’t get the reasons. 666 is dead unfortunately and the good wife will not stop having bad ratings all of the sudden, its renewal or lack of will depend on other factors that are not the ratings.

  • lando

    LOL @ Warren’s “click that submit comment button like a gun in a Western”! Too funny!

  • sally

    the mentalist is great but i wish it was still on thursday

  • Clarke

    Yikes @ OUAT’s drop. I’m a bit shocked the show is falling so fast and so quickly because I think season 2 is a vast improvement over season 1 so far.

  • Joseph

    @Max revenge hasn’t been falling every week it went up…

  • John_M

    With these Baseball ratings, I expect that in couple of years the NCLS and ALCS will be on Cable. Heck even the World Series should go to Cable.

    Depends on the teams.

    Philadelphia/LA or Mets LA for instance would draw a lot more than SF STL

    Baseball seems the most ‘city’ driven rating thing these days – I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Game 1 of the ALCS on cable beat the NLCS on FOX

  • KansasGuest

    What happened to OUAT is….football & baseball! IMO, the numbers are pretty good considering they had to go up against both at the same hour. The amount of $$ ABC has invested in this show means they’re in it for the long haul.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Once is good ratings. All hit sci fi shows go down in second season(fringe, heroes, etc.) ONce with these ratings is loch for 5 seasons. May be like fringe 4 full seasons and short 5 season.

  • guss

    I don’t understand OUAT ratings.
    Altough 3.0 is amazing, I expected 3.3-3.5
    This season is sooooooooooooo good

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