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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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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  • SJ


    Yes, for a weather report, which was likely watched by less people than the actual show it was replacing, which would mean that AFV is more likely to adjust UP after those numbers are factored out in the finals.

    I’m starting to question whether a three-drama programming block can work on any network. Think about it: ABC had success with Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters (with reality airing at 8pm), and Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, but they never could find something that works in the 8pm time slot. In fact, Ugly Betty started to fade away after Private Practice was relocated to 10pm, and while the Ugly Betty/Grey’s Anatomy block was still working, ABC put failure after failure in the post-Grey’s slot. And ever since pairing up NCIS and NCIS:LA, CBS has been unable to find a strong ratings performer at 10pm.

    Maybe three hours of drama is just too much. Maybe three hours of any one type of programming is too much. That’s why the 3-hour comedy block didn’t work on NBC a few years back and when reality (e.g. DWTS) expands to three hours, the 8pm hour always suffers. Maybe mixing it up is the answer.

  • Steve

    Same rule applies to Revenge as all other shows in existence: Doesn’t matter how fast you can run from the cancellation bear, as long as you aren’t the slowest (i.e. The Good Wife)

  • River

    Three hours of one type of programming is fine if it’s quality programming.

    Soaps haven’t improved after season 1 since, what, Melrose Place?

  • a p garcia

    Glad to read that OUAT was steady, a little sad that Revenge was down slightly,but hope both will be adjusted UP when the finals come out. ABC should have kept GCB and asked Vanessa Williams if she can speak and sing in “Texan”.

  • Sandra

    Sunday Night has turned into ABC night for me. From 8-11pm, I never change the channel. I’m still hoping that 666 Park Ave. catches on because it is a great show with a great cast and it gets more interesting by the week.

  • robin

    my power just went out j9

  • Nick


    Yes, for a weather report, which was likely watched by less people than the actual show it was replacing, which would mean that AFV is more likely to adjust UP after those numbers are factored out in the finals.

    No, that’s impossible. ~2.025 million A18-49ers watched ABC at 7/6c last night. If 0.05 million of those were people who watched the preemption in NYC even though 0.1 million usually watched, then 1.975 million people actually watched AFV. Why would that be an adjustment UP?

  • Ultima

    @The End
    I said 98 percent of people who were affected by the storm, or any kind of evacuation aren’t tracked by Nielsen. … When you consider how few Nielsen homes exactly exist in the United States. My point is a valid one, the chance of a lot of Nielsen homes being affected by this are remote.

    Your point is only valid if you don’t think Nielsen’s sample is representative of the population.

    The expected result is that the percentage of households affected by the storm is roughly equivalent to the percenage of the Nielsen homes affected by the storm.

    What point are you trying to make here exactly?

    The person you were responding to was asking about Monday’s numbers and you responded that the impact was insignificant. How could you possibly know that?

    Furthermore, while the effect of the evacuation orders may have been insignificant, that does not imply that the effect of the actual storm/power outages will be insignificant.

  • CBSviewer

    The Mentalist and The Good Wife have more chances to be canceled than CSI: NY. Both earned a 1.8 and they are younger. CSI: NY is a nine-years-old show, it’s airing on Friday with no real lead-in and it had a 1.4.
    The Good Wife is too low rated to be syndicated and The Mentalist is losing viewers because of it. I think The Mentalist will be Renewed for a sixth and final season of less than 20 episodes and CSI: NY for a tenth season of 18 episodes (like season 8 and 9).

  • Jerry


    Eli the Elite is still king!

    Revenge doing well and I watched The Good Wife for the first time ever and really liked that episode but that doesn’t mean I’m coming back for more.

  • Melissa


    If you read all my comments, you would see that I admitted to being wrong about saying that 2006 wasn’t long ago. The points I introduced in my subsequent comments, however, still stand.

  • silvit


    Actually the Good Wife is almost on par with last year ratings (it got a 2 out of a 2.9 of The Amazing Race)

    If CBS renewed last year for syndication purposes, chances are that they will renew it for another year at least for the final 13 episodes.

  • Nick


    The Good Wife is too low rated to be syndicated.

    No, it’s not. It actually repeas pretty well, becasue it’s a procedural. It wouldn’t do spectacular, but it’d do well enough in syndication.

  • ZmaX


    Tons of shows much lower rated than The Good Wife have been syndicated. The shows’ serialized aspects might be a bit of a problem for some networks but being a critically acclaimed series should balance it out. I can see it getting a deal with TNT or maybe even Lifetime.

  • Joe


    I watched The Good Wife for the first time ever and really liked that episode but that doesn’t mean I’m coming back for more.

    Well you decried pretty much every single viewer of TGW
    Every body (who watched it) says that the show is very smart well written etc and somehow they struggle in ratings which is sad actually

  • Jeff


    Keep in mind, it’s in a much better timeslot than last year, and it has a much better lead-in. I am a big fan of the show, and I just worry about the direction it’s heading.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Everyone
    If The Good Wife is renewed it will be for a 13 episodes final season and it’ll certainly move to Friday at 8/7c (until Undercover Boss premiere). But I’m still sure CSI: NY and The Mentalist will be renewed. CSI: NY is useful on Friday and it’s a very good lead-in for Blue Bloods and The Mentalist would help the show replacing The Good Wife at 9/8c ( My guess is Hawaii Five-0).
    Plus the three shows have chances to be renewed because none of the new dramas on CBS is a hit ( Made in Jersey is already canceled, Vegas had a 1.5 last Tuesday and Elementary a 2.2).

  • Gaurav

    Mentalist bounced back.happy for it

  • AA

    What is this MAX person on from the first page?

    Revenge scored a 2.6 demo, is that supposed to be a flop? Lmao. #Retard

  • Danie

    Last night was the first time a Mentalist episode scored below 2.0 without football overrun.

    2.1 – 10pm
    1.6 – 10:30
    2.1 – 10
    1.5 – 11:00
    1.8 – 10

    Hope it’s adjusted up a bit. The 100th episode was great.

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