TV Ratings Sunday: Football Beats World Series, 'Once Upon A Time' & 'The Mentalist' Up, 'Revenge, 'The Amazing Race' & 'The Good Wife' Down

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October 29th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.3/16 5.1/12 2.3/6 1.9/5 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.0/14 4.4/12 1.9/5 1.1/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 19.160 13.163 7.249 9.953 2.969


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

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

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Saints at Broncos) earned a preliminary 6.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:00PM, up 5% from last week's 6.0 in the fast nationals.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.6, up 23% from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 3% from last week's 3.3. Revenge scored a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 4% from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.6 among adults 18-49, down 6% from last week's 1.7.

On FOX, NFL Football overrun scored a preliminary 9.8 adults 18-49 rating. Accurate ratings for the fourth and final game of the 2012 World Series which went into extra innings and aired until 11:53PM will be available later today..

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 53% from last week’s 3.6. The Amazing Race earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% from last week's 2.6 and hitting a new fall low. The Good Wife scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from last week’s 1.9. The 100th episode of The Mentalist garnered a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 20% from last week, when it aired outside of primetime due to football overruns.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 28, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football - Live 9.8/26 27.99
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 1.9/5 5.28
CBS 60 Minutes 1.7/4 10.80
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.6/4 6.52
7:30 NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 2.5/6 6.58
8:00 FOX 2012 World Series (some pre-game) - Live 5.3/13 17.12
NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 4.9/12 12.61
ABC Once Upon A Time 3.4/8 9.66
CBS The Amazing Race 2.4/6 9.38
8:30 NBC NFL Football : Saints at Broncos  Live (8:30-11PM) 6.3/14 16.17
9:00 FOX 2012 World Series  - Live 3.7/8 12.37
ABC Revenge 2.7/6 8.05
CBS The Good Wife 1.8/4 9.54
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.8/4 10.09
ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.6/4 4.77

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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  • Max



    …so begins the inevitable slide down.

    Nothing more needs to be said on my part. :)

  • eridapo

    TAR 2.5 9.84 / 2.3 8.92
    TGW 1.9 9.54 / 1.8 9.54
    TM 1.9 10.26 / 1.7 9.92

    OUAT 3.3 9.63 / 3.4 9.68
    REVE 2.7 8.34 / 2.6 7.76
    666PA 1.7 4.98 / 1.5 4.55

    WS 5.4 17.44/ 5.2 16.80/ 4.1 13.57/ 4.1 13.57/ 3.5 11.89/ 3.7 11.91

    Revenge dropped this week, and it lost 600k viewers at the half. OUAT held to become ABC’s top scripted (didn’t like the episdoe myself).
    Question for Bill,

    if Sandy causes major power outages in the East Coast, Ratings will more than likely be impacted for all the nets. If this happens, will you exclude Monday’s results from the Renew/ Cancel Index?

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  • rob60990

    Wow Once Upon a Time top drama of the week! Living in NY, I was glad the news took a break to show Once Upon a Time, Revenge, & 666 Park Avenue. AFV was shown on another channel.

  • Jared

    Yes for Once!

  • guss

    Yeah ONCE UPON A TIME¡¡¡¡

  • romo

    a blowout regular season game with no leadin beats a close world series game that had a huge leadin….thats funny.

  • eridapo

    Max… LOL… How the F do u do it…. Always first on Monday.

  • Steve

    Max – why are you so blindly biased against Revenge? The shows doing fantastic.

  • HB

    Yayyyyyyyyy ONCE UPON A TIME!
    Revenge did okay.lost a point from last week!

  • jT

    Go once upon a time!!!!!

  • Petar Ivanov

    FOX prime time is fake. World series is over. I read somewhere that will be The voice VS X factor batle tonight, but not sure.

  • taylor


    he probably has comments typed and ready as he sits in his moms basement refreshing over and over until the post is up

  • rob60990

    @eridapo, its obvious he writes his posts before the ratings come out and refreshes the page constantly.

  • Sarah

    Yay Once! :)

  • Mike

    I know you are just some annoying troll, but how can you honesty praise scandals 2.0, but bash Revenge 2.7. Not that it matters one of these shows will be cancelled in May, and it won’t be Revenge.

    Yay for once, just wish it was a better episode.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “if Sandy causes major power outages in the East Coast, Ratings will more than likely be impacted for all the nets. If this happens, will you exclude Monday’s results from the Renew/ Cancel Index?”

    Nope. The hurricane can potentially have both positive and negative effects. And in the grand scheme of things, the ratings for a single episode are almost irrelevant.

  • Tony ^_^

    “Revenge” is still doing well. It was only down ONE tenth, which isn’t a huge drop.

  • vincentdante

    Revenge will rebound with only male-skewing football to contend with next week.

  • Jeff

    While I love Revenge, it needs to be VERY careful. It is starting to get bogged down with an overly complicated plot (actually several), and they are moving too far away from the central story. I hope the writers and EP start moving the show back to the basics before they turn off a lot of viewers who don’t think they can follow the story anymore. They have done a lot to redeem Emily and Nolan as people this season, which was very needed, but I am giving a big warning to them about the complicated plot(s)!

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