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.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Ultima

    @TV Host
    The X Factor show this week isn’t a repeat!
    Why are people claiming this?

    Because we know what we’re talking about?

    FOX is airing four episodes of The X Factor this week. The ones on Thursday and Sunday are indeed new, live episodes. However, the ones on Monday and Wednesday are repeats.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill, there’s nothing positive in having no power to watch your favorite show”

    Get a clue.

    The hurricane will keep people at home, instead of doing whatever they would be doing otherwise. If they *don’t* lose power, they’ll probably watch more TV.

  • valezza

    Sunday is already a second Friday for CBS. TGW’s ratings are almost irrelevant for its renewal.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “A 9.8 demo for Giants/Cowboys on FOX…WOW!!!”

    Big late afternoon games get ratings in that range all the time, but Cowboys/Giants is almost guaranteed to have the best regular season ratings of any game each season.

  • OnceFan

    666 Park Avenue did much better than Last Resort this week, which only got a 1.3

    I’d say it’ll get a full season, while LR will be cancelled.

  • eridapo

    @ The End

    It doesn’t take much to affect the ratings. If the power goes out where a Nielsen family lives, ratings are affected. Sandy will affect the entire East Coast, and will therefore have the potential to knock out 100s of Nielsen boxes.

  • eridapo

    The hurricane will keep people at home, instead of doing whatever they would be doing otherwise. If they *don’t* lose power, they’ll probably watch more TV.

    True, but they will be watching Local News telling you how bad the weather is.

  • Michael

    @OnceFan, I’m really enjoying “666 Park Avenue” but you also have to look at the retention from its lead-in. The show has two powerhouse dramas leading it. Last Resort doesn’t have a lead-in.

  • Dan S

    666PA is finished with a huge dropoff after Revenge last night. Maybe Terry O’ Quinn can land a gig on Revenge. I know we’ll be seeing him again on another show. Nice to see OUAT up again from last week.

  • SJ

    Hey, the ratings came early today!

    Great result for Once Upon a Time and still very, very good for Revenge. It could regain the tenth it lost in the finals. 666 is now beating Last Resort in the battle of the dead shows.

    OK results for The Good Wife. I’m glad to hear the Nick/Kalinda plot is ending, I’ve had just about enough of it. Aside from that, the show has been really great so far and considering I’ve always liked the latter halves of their seasons so far, it bodes really well for next spring. :)

  • r0ckmypants

    @OnceFan – 666 has a much easier timeslot with a big lead-in. Last Resort is a self-starter in a crowded slot.

    Plus ABC doesn’t need to give either of them a full season; they have plenty of new and returning shows at midseason.

  • OnceFan

    @Michael, 666 Park Avenue isn’t compatible with Revenge. Would OUAT have been its lead-in from the start it would do better, to say the least. That’s just me theorizing though.

  • danny94

    Still great numbers for Revenge. I Was hoping 666 would be higher due to it being halloween themed but atleast it seems to have setteled so i’m hopingn we get to see all 13 episodes and that the writers can manage to wrap a couple of loose ends.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “666 Park Avenue did much better than Last Resort this week, which only got a 1.3

    I’d say it’ll get a full season, while LR will be cancelled.”

    They’re both going to be canceled. My guess is they both air 13 (+/- a few) episodes.

  • rob60990

    “I’d say it’ll get a full season, while LR will be cancelled.”

    Neither is getting a full season.

  • K

    World Series was a big disappointment.

  • eridapo

    ABC needs Last Resort more than 666 Park. ABC needs to diversify its brand and appeal to a male demo, and Last Resort can do that.

    Unfortunately, both shows are cancellation bear food.

  • Nick

    Nice for OUAT. Revenge is steadyish as well.

    Surprised 666 didn’t get a bump for Halloween.

    Everyone, note that anything might be inflated due to local preemptions.


    @ rob60990

    For some reason I thought you were a Sunny LA guy, glad you’re from the East! Please stay safe, buddy & all those others in the path of Sandy!


    Only (minor) surprise is SNF beat the WS, goes to show how much football has become the national past time

    OUAT #1 ABC drama, my mind was more on Sandy as it was w/ TGW–awesome Bishop storyline

    All shows, nets seem to be settled in the pattern that should continue the rest of the season

    Power outages are forecast to begin around 4PM on the coast (bye, Rob) & around midnight for Pgh (bye, old man)–hopefully it won’t happen (!?!)


  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “World Series was a big disappointment.”

    Not for Giants fans! Sweep, baby!

    Vaunted Triple Crown winner watches the series ending strike into the glove!

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