Sunday Final Ratings: 'Family Guy', 'Amazing Race', 'American Dad' and 'The Good Wife' Adjusted Up; 'America's Funniest Home Videos', '60 Minutes' & 'The Simpsons' Adjusted Down

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November 20th, 2012


The Amazing Race was adjusted up two tenths,   American Dad, The Good Wife  & Family Guy  were each adjusted up a single tenth, while 60 Minutes was adjusted down two tenths,and  America's Funniest Home Videos and The Simpsons were each adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Sunday's preliminary ratings. The final ratings for Sunday Night Football and unscrambled CBS ratings are also below.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, November 18, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun 8.0 25 23.65
ABC America's Funniest home Videos 1.6 4 7.13
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 0.6 2 1.57
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 1.6 5 4.68
FOX The Cleveland Show 1.6 4 3.26
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 3.6 10 9.84
ABC American Music Awards 3.4 8 9.52
CBS 60 Minutes 3.0 7 14.04
FOX The Simpsons 2.4 6 5.06
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11) 6.9 17 18.16
FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8 4 3.94
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 2.6 6 5.14
CBS The Amazing Race 2.4 6 9.59
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.1 5 4.21
10:00PM CBS The Good Wife 1.7 4 9.94
10:53PM CBS The Mentalist 1.4 5 8.07

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

  • Barbie

    @Sunday, while I hadn’t realized The Mentalist was out of its timeslot, it’s still been pulling 1. something demos at 10pm. That’s what CBS needs to know, though, if the fans are following the show out of the timeslot. Are they waiting up for it? Are they watching it earlier? That’s important for them.

    I actually do have faith in CBS. Through all the years I’ve watched tv shows, it seems to be it has been the most “down-to-earth” network concerning it shows. It doesn’t pull the plug at newbies without giving them a chance like NBC or (FOX sometimes). Most of the shows I watch are CBS, and despite one or two big mess ups, it’s treated them fairly well.

  • Jon

    Why all of the hate on the Good Wife? It has nearly 10 million viewers. It actually has more viewers than any other regularly scheduled program for the night. 18-49 isn’t the end all.

  • Philip2

    @Barbie: TM’s one-off Friday episode in April did a 1.8. CSI: NY reached that same mark only once with its episodes in 2012 last season and went as low as 1.2 in May. TM was renewed as early as March, CSI: NY’s crew had to wait until after the season finale. CBS is aware that TM was and still is the stronger show of the two. That, however, doesn’t matter all that much as far as renewals or cancelations are concerned. We don’t even know all the factors that will go into that decision.

    Sunday has been CBS’s worst night for years besides, of course, Fridays and Saturdays. 60M’s demo rating is just plain bad, TGW brings down the night and would make life tough for any show that follows it. The competition (football and cable) is strong. In addition, the constantly changing start times due to overruns screw with people’s habits which is never a good prerequisite to establish an audience.

    In light of the competition, the changing start times, TGW’s unusually low lead-in rating, and the overall declines for 10 PM network television, TM has been doing pretty okay any time there was no or little overrun with its 1.8-2.1 ratings.

    Those numbers aren’t great by any means, yet there’s probably no show that would do better. The shows that could do better won’t be moved to CBS’s Sunday graveyard. If TGW gets a syndication deal within the next four or five months, TM could be in legit trouble. Otherwise, the only show CBS might think about moving to Sundays would be H5O–and that show could just as easily replace TGW instead off TM. CBS won’t premiere new shows on Sunday, just like they won’t move established and valuable shows there. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of options.

  • Ike

    @Jon, 18-49 *IS* the end-all for advertisers, and they pay for the shows. So that’s all there is to it.

    Advertisers can get older viewers cheaply outside of prime time. Older viewers watch loads and loads of TV.

    That said, I like Good Wife and hope it gets renewed, but it’ll probably be just because CBS wants the potential awards and wants to be known for something other than cookie-cutter procedurals and crass, obvious sitcoms full of dumb vagina jokes. Or maybe GW is geting lots of viewers making $100k+/year, but I’m not sure about that.

  • Sunday

    iggy agrimotor
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM
    It’s aired almost 1 hour later on a Sunday. Now I dare anyone to make this a Fan Excuse Bingo.

    NFL football killed it.

    Who said anything about the competition?

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Any news about the numbers about Patriots-Colts this sunday?

  • RandomCommentor

    1.4 is pretty good for 11PM unless we are comparing to a steady show like SNL. For humor – consider if TGW and TM were flipped… TGW probably wouldn’t even pull out a 1 rating.

    Sidenote: Heavy Nielsen bias on eastern timezones.

  • Ruan

    Good for “Family Guy” and “American Dad”. Wonderful comedies.

  • alffan

    The NFL needs to work something out with the networks. Maybe they commit to like a 4:35 ET start for the late game and guarantee an 8pm ET finish.

    Problem is that CBS and Fox alternate on this one. If it was every week, it would be easier.

    I blame CBS for their own problems with this. I’d still do 60 Minutes and two dramas regardless. Run repeats of comedies on the west coast from 7-8pm.

  • alffan

    @Ike … CBS has the most consistent LOL funny sitcoms. 2 Broke Girls is quickly turning into one of the funniest shows on TV. The writing is quick, the acting is great and there’s lots of chemistry. Big Bang Theory is also super funny and Two and a Half Men has had new life.

    It’s better than the NBC shows that only the “insiders” get…

    Those shows are more inside than actually funny.

  • Ultima

    I don’t know why CBS bothers to show two scripted series on Sunday nights.

    Really? You can’t figure it out?

    They could easily drop either The Good Wife or The Mentalist and still be able to fill the night.

    As has been said numerous times, CBS only has an NFL doubleheader nine times a year, usually three of which are prior to the broadcast season or during the holidays.

    A half dozen late primetime starts is pretty insignificant over the entire course of the season (and two of those nights don’t even have a new episode of The Mentalist).

  • Ultima

    The NFL needs to work something out with the networks

    They did, they signed a massive contract through the 2022 season less than a year ago!

    I blame CBS for their own problems with this.

    CBS doesn’t have a problem.

    I’d still do 60 Minutes and two dramas regardless. Run repeats of comedies on the west coast from 7-8pm.

    That’s because you can’t grasp the concept that CBS is unwilling to significantly alter their schedule because of a half dozen weeks of football.

  • Ultima

    @Douglas from Brazil
    Any news about the numbers about Patriots-Colts this sunday?

    The NFL puts out their weekly numbers press releases on Wednesdays.

  • Douglas from Brazil


    Thank you.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    The NFL puts out their weekly numbers press releases on Wednesdays.

    More accurately, Nielsen doesn’t issue final weekly numbers for the previous Mon-Sun week broadcast daytime (non-primetime) ratings until Thursdays. But I wouldn’t expect to see them released this Thursday (Thanksgiving).

  • Justin121

    CBS Sunday expectation is on par with Friday expectations, Barbie.

  • RandomCommentor

    Not sure why everyone is fretting about TM.

    I hinted at it in an earlier post (in the prelims?), but TM still had a higher share than TGW – just not raw ratings due to airing later on the east coast. While Nielsen typically emphasizes late night numbers for weekdays for the networks I’m going to take a no-so-wild guess that it handily won the adjusted time slot. In fact, TGW typically gets a 4 share and TM 5 – so in a way nothing really changed.

    Typical highest network 11PM late night rating is ~0.9 in 18-49 and ~4M viewers during the weekdays. Sunday is usually less than that. It also beat all but 2 cable airings – both TWD, but beat TWD airing at 11PM. So yeah…

  • Networkman

    The Mentalist is not the type of show that should be going against Sunday Night Football. When it airs at 10pm it still beats The Good Wife in demo. But airing close to 11pm is ridiculous. Anyways, CBS needs a more action oriented female drama as counterprogramming. I say The Mentalist should air on Friday next season paired with Blue Bloods. H50 shouldn’t be on Sunday either. It should be placed on Tuesday @10pm.

    CBS should make 90 minute episodes of Amazing Race to use.
    7pm Football overrun
    7:30 60 Minutes
    8:30-10pm Amazing Race
    10pm New Drama:Trooper
    If 60 Minutes come on later than 7:30 than CBS can just shorten Amazing Race.

    When there is no football:
    7pm 60 Minutes
    8pm-9:30 Amazing Race
    9:30pm The Big Bang Theory repeat
    10pm Trooper

    Sunday Midseason
    7pm 60 Minutes
    8pm Survivor
    9pm Trooper
    10pm The Good Wife(final 13 episodes)

  • Josh

    if cbs drops the mentalist then i will drop cbs!

  • Ultima

    If 60 Minutes come on later than 7:30 than CBS can just shorten Amazing Race.

    You do realize that they aren’t racing live, right?

    Why not just chop a few minutes off of Trooper or whatever at the last minute – I’m sure it’s not essential to the plot.

    Also, you’re delusional if you think CBS will throw away an hour of primetime in the fall just because of a half dozen football overruns…

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