TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time' Hits Low, 'Revenge', 'Amazing Race' Down, Football Scrambles 'Family Guy' 200th Episode Ratings

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November 12th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.5/14 4.2/11 2.0/5 1.9/5 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.7/13 4.0/12 1.5/4 0.9/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 14.973 10.274 6.572 9.85 3.029


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), & 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 (Texans/Bears) earned a preliminary 7.0 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:00PM, down 4%  from last week's 7.3 rating.

The start times of FOX's animated shows were delayed about 20 minutes due to football overrun, rendering their preliminary ratings meaningless. The final numbers for the programs, including the 200th episode of Family Guy will be available tomorrow.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 18%  from  last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Once Upon A Time garnered a  series low 2.7down 23% from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were way too optimistic, probably because you did not anticipate  FOX’s football game running way over. Revenge scored a season low 2.4, down 11% from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.3 among adults 18-49 rating, matching  last week’s series low.

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 1.7, down 50% from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 8%  from last week's 2.6. The Good Wife tied last week's series-low 1.7 adults 18-49. The Mentalist matched last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, November 11, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football - Live 6.9/19 18.60
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 1.9/5 5.72
CBS 60 Minutes 1.7/4 11.26
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4/4 6.09
7:30 NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 2.7/7 7.72
8:00 FOX NFL Football/The Simpsons 5.6/14 13.22
NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 4.4/11 12.90
ABC  Once Upon A Time 2.7/7 8.69
CBS The Amazing Race 2.4/6 9.16
8:30 NBC NFL Football : Houston at Chicago -  Live (8:30-11:15PM) 7.0/17 18.69
FOX The Simpsons/ Bob's Burgers 2.8/7 5.77
9:00 FOX Bob's Burgers/ Family Guy 2.7/6 5.38
ABC Revenge 2.4/5 7.47
CBS The Good Wife 1.7/4 8.98
9:30 FOX Family Guy 1/Family Guy 2 2.5/6 5.30
10:00 FOX Family Guy/Various 2.0/5 4.94
CBS The Mentalist 1.8/5 10.00
ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.3/3 4.04

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.

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  • Kavyn

    Yeah, I think Revenge and Scandal, and 666 and Once should have been paired. The Once/Revenge pairing was great but they could have used the shows to help other shows instead.

    The DVR increases for 666 actually kind of shocked me, it went up all the way to 2.5. I wonder if it’s due to the 10pm timeslot mixed with the incompatible lead in? The increase in DVR could be based on Once fans DVRing it for the following day.

    I don’t know, just theorizing. Maybe 666 is just bad television and I have bad taste. You never know. I personally think 666 is quite decent with creative writing. The pilot was the worst and I personally enjoyed it, so… I think 666 finds a good pace in episode 4, but episode 3 is a must watch for episode 4 to understand what’s happening (plus I love the episode 3 twist anyways so I’d recommend it).

  • David

    No one should be worried about OUAT and Revenge. As long as they stay above about 6 million viewers they will get renewed. The network and critics like both shows.

  • Nick

    Once & Revenge :(

    How did 666 stay steady? :O
    Weird night.

  • EnAmi

    Revenge followed by Scandal would be an excellent pairing. I know it’s been said before but ABC has simply not done enough promotion for Scandal. The fact that it’s rock steady with it’s numbers is pretty impressive in that context.

  • eridapo

    Basically once you account for the 20 minute over run for football on Fox, the Simpsons will fall to about a 2.8 or 2.9 ratings. Bob’s burgers will go down a 2.7, and Family Guy will stay about a 2.7 for the first half and 2.5 for the second.

  • ToXiX

    Kerry Washington is a great actress I’m sure Scandal gets hate for no reason.

  • rob60990

    Scandal gets hated on because of Max. lmao at Kerry Washington being a great actress.

  • Mark

    I’ve never wished for a show to be canceled even if I don’t like it, but I’m finding myself hoping Scandal get’s canceled just because of MAX. He’s a complete nut and pisses alot of people off. I don’t watch Revenge either, btw. Everyone should try to be the first poster next Monday and tell Max to suck it.

  • omabin

    I agree with everyone that says Scandal should follow Revenge on Sunday’s nights. It really has nothing in common with Grey’s, besides the Shonda factor. I love both Scandal and Revenge and I hate when they are pushed against each other here for the sake of Max. That guys is an idiot and I think Bill and Robert are being too “traffic-driven”, even for their standards, by not banishing him already, his level of craziness is way higher than those we find here regularly.

  • jessica p.

    I watch both Revenge and Scandal and I enjoy both. I don’t understand what one has to do with the other, though, in terms of ratings, so I’m getting tired of the way the Sunday thread keeps turning into a Revenge vs. Scandal debate-off. ABC’s schedule has managed to accommodate/have room for both shows for two seasons now (well, technically one-and-a-quarter seasons since Scandal started last spring), but people suddenly want to act as though there’s some sort of zero sum game going on? It’s not the Television Hunger Games up in here where only one can be left standing. None of you who keep engaging in this are covered in glory and all of you stand to STFU about it for a while.

  • eridapo

    Scandal gets hated on because of Max. lmao at Kerry Washington being a great actress.

    Way to go to feed his ego… You are giving him too much credit.

  • jessica p.

    I’d also add that I’ve seen ads for Scandal during Revenge and 666 Park Avenue. Sometimes more than once per hour. So the idea that ABC doesn’t promote Scandal outside of Thursday nights isn’t true.

    One more thing and I’ll shut up: I actually find it troubling that people wish for TV shows to get canceled. Not only are you wishing for people who enjoy something to be deprived of it simply because you don’t like it, but you’re also wishing for hundreds of people _to be out of work_ simply because you don’t like something. Pardon my French, but that’s really s****y. Something existing on the TV landscape despite your dislike of it won’t kill or hurt you, but TV shows getting cancelled actually affects people’s livelihoods. It’s obnoxious to wish for that when all you have to do to avoid something you don’t like is changing the channel or declining to watch.

  • Josh

    Hopefully Revenge adjusts up last nights episode was outstanding

  • Brandy

    Yow at Once!thats a Huge drop! I don’t think it’s cause of football or WD as they skew differently & I don’t think Once has been much affected by them before , but …This looks like spring ratings.It dosent help going on hiatus for a week,airing two weeks then going on hiatus til Jan. I hope it bounces back and gets adjusted up.I liked last night episode.

  • Marco

    Jessica, I really appreciate your comment. Personally, even if I don’t watch a tv show I’m always “sad” when I read that it will be canceled. All the people involved lose their job, the main actors as much as the young poor bellboy That’s why hoping that a TV show is canceled is just childish and stupid. And rude and insensitive, of course.

  • Dejah

    Revenge is such an exciting show, I just hope it grows. Last night was
    one of the best.

  • The End


    I find it incredible that grown adults can’t ignore a simple troll like Max. That said, he’s obviously not banned yet because he isn’t being an unbearable pain here, he’s just causing people to refresh the page, providing the website with hits for adverts.

  • mkm

    umm… the game messed up ouat… i assume it’ll be up by A LOT in 2 weeks when it next airs :)

  • Lisa

    OUAT’s numbers are interesting b/c I just wrote about people losing interest due to their change in format. My friends and I lost interest b/c it was just too many add-ons and didn’t make us invested in them.

    It makes me laugh to see so many people claiming to stop watching OUAT because of the change in format. For each one of those narrow minded people there are others, open minded, that would’ve stopped watching had they continued the curse story and didn’t reach any resolution last year.

    What, 3 stories at once are too much for you? Too many new characters? Make a flow chart lol. How can you handle shows like Game of Thrones or Lost?

    You don’t see your fav cast member in every episode? There were enough episodes in season 1 that didn’t have David, or August, or even Henry, not to mention Archie (that I think was in less than half of the episodes last season) and cast members like Meghan and Emilie are only contracted for IIRC 17 episodes this season, so they obviously won’t be in every episode.

    The core characters of the show haven’t changed and are FAR more interesting now that they know who they are. Plus, luckily for you, in about 2 episodes Snow and Emma are supposed to return to Storybrooke and some of the new characters should say goodbye then, like Jamie Chung that plays Mulan and already left Canada and OUAT’s set.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @The End,

    As I’ve written many times, we don’t ban people except for sock puppetry, and then only if we stumble onto them.

    It’s an effort vs payback issue, nothing to do with the trivial numbers of pageviews that trolls may generate.

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