TV Ratings Sunday: FOX Animation Block Returns Down, 'Once Upon a Time' & 'The Mentalist' Up & 'The Good Wife' & '666 Park Ave' Down

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November 5th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.1/15 3.3/8 2.3/6 2.0/5 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.3/15 2.3/6 1.8/5 2.3/6 0.9/2
Total Viewers (million) 15.859 13.680 7.221 4.401 2.927


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS & FOX(Football Overruns)  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 (Cowboys/Falcons) earned a preliminary 7.3  adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:00PM, up from last week's 7.0 rating.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.7, up four tenths from  last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.5, up a tenth from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were about right. Revenge scored a 2.6, down a tenth from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.4, down two tenths from last week's 1.6 among adults 18-49 rating and its lowest rating to date.

FOX's animation block returned this week after several weeks off due to the World Series. The Cleveland Show earned  a 1.9, down from the 2.2 its premiere earned. The Simpsons earned a 2.6, down half a ratings point from from its last original's 3.1. Bob's Burgers earned an 1.8, down half a ratings point from its last  2.3. Family Guy earned a 2.5, down nine tenths from its last original's 3.4. American Dad earned a 1.9, down seven tenths from its last original's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 3.8, up more than two ratings points from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race was even with last week's 2.5. The Good Wife scored a 1.7, down a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and a tied low for the series. The Mentalist garnered a 1.9, up a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, November 4, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun 8.5 23 26.70
NBC Football Night in America 2.2 6 6.58
ABC America's Funniest home Videos 1.7 4 6.97
FOX NFL Overrun/ Simpsons -R 1.5 4 3.70
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 4.5 11 11.57
CBS 60 Minutes 3.8 10 16.67
FOX The Simpsons-R/ The Cleveland Show 1.9 5 4.09
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 5.8 14 15.49
ABC Once Upon a Time 3.5 8 10.10
FOX The Simpsons 2.6 6 5.57
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11) 7.3 17 18.65
CBS The Amazing Race 2.5 6 10.28
FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8 4 3.99
9:00PM ABC Revenge 2.6 6 7.74
FOX Family Guy 2.5 6 5.07
9:30PM FOX American Dad 1.9 4 3.99
CBS The Good Wife 1.7 4 9.69
10:00PM ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.4 4 4.07
10:30PM CBS The Mentalist 1.9 5 9.48

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



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  • Kaylie

    Come on Fox!!! We can do it!! Good for OUAT though.


    @ Joel

    Have to admit I’m starting to agree here. The only segment that mildly kept my interest was inside the giant’s castle. The entire Emma in Storybrooke line was a snoozefest.

  • ZmaX


    Total viewers doesn’t matter, but what is important is the 18-49 age demo which Revenge is doing well in.

  • Michael

    Jennifer Jason Leigh is terrible on Revenge.

  • Mickey

    Happy for OUAT, it deserves the big ratings.

    I was worried with so many storylines, but they are juggling them all without dropping a beat. And all of them are compelling. Such great characters.

    I’m not worried about Revenge. Last week it had 2.7, this week it’s 2.6. Either way, it’s still good. And it really is ramping up, can’t wait to see how Emily deals with Mason ferreting out her secret.

  • Mrs Florrick

    The Good Wife….NO!! Series low? :( Hope it gets adjusted up in the finals!

  • POIFanatic


    “Oh Com’on Revenge hasn’t stoop to TVD’s level. Its far above it! Revenge has story lines about characters not 4-5 triangles stuck at one place with no storyline.”

    Seriously! WTH! I’ll never stoop to trashing another show like Revenge, but TVD has so many amazing simultaneous storylines (and I dislike the love triangle btw, its just one part of the grander story). Its one season can fill up 3-5 seasons on any other show. Its a brilliant show which has its groan-worthy moments.

  • Mickey


    Jennifer Jason Leigh is terrible on Revenge.

    She’s playing a character so deranged she tried to drown her baby daughter. She does make me uncomfortable, but that’s the point. I think JJL is playing a mentally unbalanced mother really well.

  • Bob

    Yes for Revenge!!! The best show on TV. I did watch the first episode of Scandal which was good, but then watched the next and didn’t find it all that good. Perhaps Scandal should have been a movie of the week instead.

  • ClamCam

    @Meah…you’re mixing everything!! First, total numbers don’t care at all in broadcast TV…2nd…Scandal is wasting the best lead in possible in ABC, and third, who cares if Kerry Washington is black?? Support our own?? You should support also Last Resort (andre braugher), Happy Endings (Wayans), GA (Chandra Wilson), Arrow (the sidekick..) Oh Gosh…What a nonsense!!

  • Sherri

    I just don’t understand why anyone isn’t watching 666, it is so good, I wish they would move it, it’s like they put in on Sunday at 10 expecting it to fail!

  • HB


    I agree. She is playing the “creepy-psycho” mother extremely well!


    Does anyone still think Revenge is a lock for a third season? Its the the fourth highest rated ABC show and does huge in response/buzz. Its doing same numbers as last season. Anyone agree that Recvenge is guaranteed a third seaosn or you think its up in the air?

  • K

    The Steelers delivered the ratings again. That, and the enjoyable Cowboys/Falcons game, no wonder most of the other shows were down.

  • Bookworm

    I don’t why know ABC just won’t do a mercy killing for 666 Park Ave, I mean it’s on life support, just take it off already.

    Max, I love your fanning for Scandal but Revenge is doing pretty good. I don’t know how it competes with other ABC 9pm shows but it is doing great behind OUAT. I know it has been dropping and I watched the episode this week and I think the season is going to be a slightly boring one, though I have faith that it will be back and it won’t go below a 2.2 when it all comes down to it. I do think the show is over hyped; the storyline is not as good as I think it should be.

    So just relax with the hate—leave that to others.

  • Sean

    Fox is really killling all of their shows with their inability to schedule! Love OUAT and Revenge. Nice ratings for.both but hope Revenge adjusts up in the finals!

  • kill00

    666PA was fantastic last night i just hope that it has a good series ending after 15 episodes orderd

  • PMR

    I agree DENY-MAX is pathetic. Revenge is a huge hit for ABC as is OUAT (although I don’t watch it). Scandal never should have been renewed. That’s a terrible show. 666 Park Avenue gets better every week. I think they titled the show wrong. Too many bible thumpers refused to watch just because of the shows name. Sadly it will be cancelled, because it has great writing and actors. Since the hurricane has ruined many of the sets that should seal its fate. As for The Good Wife and The Mentalist–those two shows are better than a sleeping pill for insomnia.

  • Hmm

    @ Sherri

    Actually, Sunday’s is one of ABC’s best nights. It could not get much of a better lead in (expect for Greys or MF).

  • frodo

    Yeah my bad left last week’s rating out, it goes, 3.2, 2.6, 2.6, 2.8, 2.7, 2.6 = 2.75

    The last 6 episodes of last season were 2.3, 2.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.0, 2.4 = 2.18

    And the first 6 episodes of season 1 were 3.3, 2.7, 2.4, 2.7, 2.5, 2.7 = 2.72

    While most shows on all the networks have decreased, Revenge has increase in both demo and viewers.

    Its the number 4 show on ABC after Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and Once Upon a Time last year at this time it was the number 9 ranked show on the network. All in all Revenge is doing great for ABC and is not going anywhere soon, next week it will be back to 2.7 or 2.8 and it will stay between the 2.5 and 3.0 demo till the end of the season.

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