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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

 

Scoreboard FOX NBC ABC CBS UNI
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

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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

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 

Definitions:

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.

 
  • eridapo

    @ Melissa

    See the The Gunsmoke Rule

  • SJ

    @Melissa

    Yeah, but that’s not OUAT’s fault. If Grey’s or Desperate Housewives were in their second seasons now, they’d hardly be doing better. TV viewership is scattered nowadays, with more people watching cable and tape-delaying their broadcast favorites. That was not the case 7 years ago.

  • danny94

    I miss The Simpsons! is it back next sunday?? I dont live in america so i dont know???

  • Ultima

    @danny
    I miss The Simpsons! is it back next sunday?? I dont live in america so i dont know???

    Nope; 11 November.

  • monty

    I’m glad that Revenge is losing viewers, because season 2 is so bad I’ve stopped watching after seeing three episodes. The Mentalist also deserves a cancellation, but not before they finally resolve (!!!) the Red John mystery.

  • SJ

    @danny94

    As previously mentioned, The X Factor will be airing next Sunday. The Animation block comes back the week after (November 11).

  • GH

    Just a question. Why is the World Series listed twice and Football Night in America listed 3 times. Other shows that are an hour long or 2 hours long are not listed this way. It makes the top 25 shows for the week irrelevant. I realize these shows won most of the slots posted but so do many hour long shows win both half hours when they air but they are not listed twice.

  • Melissa

    @eridapo

    Pretty irrelevant. First of all, 2006 is not that long ago. Plus, even in more recent times (such as 2010), Grey’s was still averaging a 4.8 in its sixth season. Finally, the 4.4 that Grey’s hit that I was referring to was only a month ago.

  • danny94

    @ SJ & Ultima.

    Thank you, .

  • Ashley Crawford

    I don’t know why OUAT is so popular,it is totally ridiculous and this is from a Lost fan.I know I should love this show considering the many Lost connections but I do not like it.I only watch to get to what is one of the best shows on tv,Revenge.It is a way better show.Unfortunately as a Lost fan I’ve given 666 Park Avenue too much of a chance to impress me and it has not.I wish they would cancel it and put it out of the misery it is.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Just a question. Why is the World Series listed twice and Football Night in America listed 3 times. Other shows that are an hour long or 2 hours long are not listed this way. It makes the top 25 shows for the week irrelevant. I realize these shows won most of the slots posted but so do many hour long shows win both half hours when they air but they are not listed twice.”

    Networks typically title pre-game shows separately/differently for advertising sales segmentation purposes. They are then separate programs for ratings purposes. The individual hours of multi-hour shows are not separate programs.

    The portion of the World Series telecast from 8-8:17 was “pre-game”. I added that text to slightly reduce confusion.

  • Ultima

    @GH
    Just a question. Why is the World Series listed twice and Football Night in America listed 3 times. Other shows that are an hour long or 2 hours long are not listed this way. It makes the top 25 shows for the week irrelevant.

    The World Series game is listed twice, but in the final ratings, it is only counted as one show (it’s not uncommon to see shows longer than an hour split like that in the preliminary ratings).

    Football Night in America is listed three times because NBC actually has Nielsen rate it as three different shows (because the viewership varies drastically between each part).

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “First of all, 2006 is not that long ago.”

    When you’re comparing broadcast primetime ratings, it’s an Eon ago.

    Gunsmoke Rule, baby.

  • PV

    Revenge is not losing viewers. It’s way up from last season and only a tent down from last episode, and still a tent up from episode 2 and 3.

  • GH

    Thank you Bill.

  • Jared

    I’m LOVING The Good Wife this season. There’s NO WAY CBS is going to cancel this show before they move it to Friday nights and pair it with Blue Bloods. I’d predict there’s atleast another season or 2 before they give it the axe.

  • Joe

    @Melissa
    Great job OUAT; the week’s #1 drama ahead of NCIS and Grey’s. It is annoying, however, that people are gloating about OUAT’s 3.4 and calling it a ratings monster, all the while trashing Grey’s. Let us remember that Grey’s scored a 4.4 in its ninth season (a number that OUAT has never reached), which is incredible, and when it was in its second season (like OUAT), averaged an 8.9. People can hang their heads over OUAT’s 3.4, but that show will never approach the success of dramas like Grey’s or DH.

    True ! But lets face it these days no one will well except The Walking Dead off course

  • GH

    Thank you Ultima

  • Erin

    @Melissa

    what are you talking about? Ratings wise last SEASON was a long time ago. And nobody can credibly argue that viewing tech hasn’t changed between 2006 and 2012.

    The numbers OUAT is doing on the night it’s doing them are just lovely. All waxing poetic about the good old days of ratings aside.

  • AustinGriffith

    Giants! World Series champs!! Bet you guys are happy!

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