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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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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  • John_M

    ABC need to move Modern Family to Sunday night at 10pm

    Why do they need to do that? That might be one of the most ludicrous suggestions in the past month or so

  • DW

    why would you switch the mentalist with the good wife? the numbers are better at 10 when your up against less competition. makes no sense.

  • rob60990

    “ABC need to move Modern Family to Sunday night at 10pm”

    lmao. I can’t, just can’t.

  • Tessa


    the people who watch TWD would never watch TGW or Revenge to begin with…

    Really? Because I watch both Revenge and TWD. I must be part of a special group.

  • Percysowner

    Oh MAX, Oh MAX, Oh MAX Revenge went UP from last week. Sadly OUAT went down. However that makes Revenge going up that much more impressive.

  • Tessa

    ABC need to move Modern Family to Sunday night at 10pm.

    I know, right? And while we’re at it NBC should move The Voice to Fridays.

  • riley

    well I liked OUAT last night! and The Mentalist was good too!

  • Rob

    @eridapo I watch Revenge, The Good Wife, and The Walking Dead.

  • were123

    Well I watch The Walking Dead, The Good Wife and Revenge, but I watch Revenge live and the other two I DVR

  • John_M

    And apropos of nothing
    I watched Nashville last night
    Callie Khouri is still a friggin genius

  • eridapo

    @ iMember

    as in all things, there are a few exceptions. ;)

  • s0303

    @eridap…seems like there are already 5 exceptions :)

  • Errol Lewis

    While Revenge did start at 9:00 PM, it was a late 9:00 PM start. My DVR was supposed to start recording Revenge at 9:00 PM, but for some reason when the clock on the DVR said 9:00 PM it still listed Once Upon a Time as the show currently on and the end credits of Once Upon a Time were still rolling with Revenge listed as starting in 21 seconds per ABC’s countdown clock.

  • DW

    i watched the walking dead then OUAT and TGW all in that order nice to live on the west coast and get amc hd early.

  • Ricardo


    People don’t find it scary? Is that it?

  • John_M

    @eridap…seems like there are already 5 exceptions :)

    And yet none of those exceptions likely have ratings impact

  • eridapo

    @ DW

    The Mentalist already has a core audience that will follow the show to 9PM. The move to 9PM will get back the casual viewers they lost when they move from 9PM to 10PM back over a year ago.

    I see TM @ 9PM doing a 2.5.

  • Shawn

    Yay for REVENGE!! I thought last night was one of the best episodes EVER of that show!!! I hope it stays right around that 2.6 or 2.7 mark…those are solid numbers!!!

  • cynthia

    Happy for The Mentalist!

  • Sherri

    666 Park Ave. is so good, I can’t believe it is on Sunday against Football, who does that with a new show. I hope it gets moved to have a chance, DVR replay are excellent though.

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