TV Ratings Sunday: 'The Simpsons', 'Once Upon a Time', 'The Mentalist' and 'The Amazing Race' Up, 'Revenge' Hits a Low

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November 26th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.5/13 3.7/9 2.1/5 2.0/5 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.7/13 3.4/9 1.2/3 1.6/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 15.262 9.167 10.467 6.525 1.979


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (which was delayed 58 minutes in several major markets due to football overruns) & 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 (Green Bay/New York) scored a preliminary 6.7 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:00PM, up  from last week's preliminary 6.0 rating.

On FOX, The Simpsons earned a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating up 38% from last week's 2.4. Bob's Burgers garnered a 2.0, up 11% from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy notched a 2.8, up 8%  from last week's 2.6 adults 18-48 rating. The Cleveland Show earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, up 19% from last week's 1.6 when it aired at 7:30PM.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Once Upon a Time scored a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 11% from a 2.7 for its most recent episode on November 11 Your predictions were a little optimistic. Revenge garnered a season low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% from a 2.5 on November 11. 666 Park Avenue notched a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating even with its November 11 telecast.

On CBS, 60 Minutes scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. down from a 3.0 last week when it, and the entire CBS line-up, were delayed significantly by football. The Amazing Race garnered a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 4% from last week's 2.4. The Good Wife earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating even with last week. The Mentalist notched a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating up 29%  from last week's 1.4.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, November 25, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football (49ers at Saints) - Live 6.7/18 18.77
CBS 60 Minutes/ Football 2.2/6 12.20
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 1.9/5 6.01
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.6/4 6.58
7:30 FOX NFL/ The O.T - Live 5.3/13 13.91
NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 2.8/7 8.13
8:00 NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 5.3/13 15.66
FOX  The Simpsons 3.3/8 7.53
ABC Once Upon A Time 3.0/7 8.76
CBS The Amazing Race 2.5/6 9.88
8:30 NBC NFL Football : Packers at Giants -  Live (8:30-11:00PM) 6.7/16 18.46
FOX Bob's Burgers 2.0/5 4.73
9:00 FOX Family Guy 2.8/6 5.76
ABC Revenge 2.2/5 6.80
CBS The Good Wife 1.7/4 9.52
9:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 1.9/4 4.32
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.8/5 10.28
ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.2/3 3.96

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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  • Mark

    Max really does need a life. How sad.

  • frodo

    Revenge was actually good last night but lots of people watched that trashy Lindsay Lohan movie that started at 21. For the first time this season Revenge did really bad in the rating at least for its standards. I am loving season 2 and its ratings deserve to be much much higher but this is American TV after all and well they need their American Football and trashy Lindsay Lohan Lifetime movies.

  • Joseph

    I thought that Victoria’s mom would have brought in some more viewers!

  • Max

    Aww, I love these excuses- keep them coming good people of TVBTN.

    And LOL @the person who said ABC will promote the mid-season finale a whole lot. All ABC does is shovel cash to promote REVENGE and for two seasons now, it hasn’t made the show any more of a “hit” than the media wants people to believe.

    Perhaps ABC is on the phone now with EW to get them to do a REVENGE cover story to come out in this week’s issue ahead of the episode.

  • Chase

    The Good Wife is a great show. Hope the ratings go up after NFL season

  • frodo

    @ Max

    Yeah come Spring not even Shonda’s reputation will be able to save Scandal which will be canceled.

  • were123

    You know, it’s really sad that you care about those “lame excuses”, why don’t you just let it be? Revenge will be renewed anyway >=)

  • RJ


    Do you honestly have nothing better to do with your life? Somehow you are always the first person to post the day after Revenge airs and the day after American Horror Story airs. Perhaps its time to get a job and leave the computer behind so that you aren’t the first poster everyday.

    Secretly, we all know you love the shows and seek attention from everybody on the site. Grow up a bit.

  • Data

    @a p garcia: I will never understand how ratings can prove the quality of a program. Do you think people can un-watch something they didn’t like?

  • Chris

    Thank goodness I wasn’t in Baltimore or Washington or some other markets where TAR would’ve been almost a full hour behind. (I live in Knoxville, Tenn.) These are the markets where viewers had to wait a long time for CBS programming (at least if you were stuck with Ravens-Chargers, though what a spectacular 4th and 29 by Ray Rice, sorry Charger fans); 60 Minutes 7:58/6:58c, TAR 8:58/7:58c, TGW 9:58/8:58c, Mentalist 10:58/9:58c:

    Atlanta, GA
    Baltimore, MD (duh!)
    Brownsville, TX
    Chicago, IL
    Fargo, ND
    Harrisburg, PA
    Harrisonburg, VA
    Mankato, MN
    Miami, FL
    Milwaukee, WI
    Minneapolis, MN
    Salisbury, MD
    Washington, DC (my uncle lives in Alexandria, Va., just thought I’d mention)

  • RJ

    And all the SAVE 666 posts look the same, with different names. Time for a block?

  • Fred

    Strong OUAT ep.
    Weak Revenge ep. Should bounce back next week.
    Srtong 666 ep. Improves weekly.

    Overall a good night of television.

  • danny94

    God Mad Max is so Annoying!!! Hating a tv show so much is pretty sad, what did Revenge ever do you?? Fool!!!

  • Hmm

    I didn’t really care for Revenge last night. It was nice to see how Emily/Amanda and Aiden met. But I’m not a big fan of flashback episodes.

  • frodo

    @ MAX

    Keep your energy worrying about Scandal, Revenge’s season low which is quite bad is still better than anything Scandal has gotten this season, you know the only reason its on the air is because of Shonda Rhimes and Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Sarah

    Yay Once :)

  • Nikki

    Some of these comments are hysterical.. lol anyways. I dont have any shows on sunday that i watch, i watch Football.. but isnt everything usually pretty low during foorball season. So whats the big deal if the show slips a little during that time.. chalk it up as lesson learned maybe its time to rethink our airing dates, so we dont have to compete with football. Doesnt that sound reasonable? And another thing too does anyone know where to find how the holiday movie did on saturday on the hallmark chanel, ive been looking everywhere cant find a thing.. if anyone can help id apreciate it. Thanks.

  • Match

    I think Liz & Dick was the reason for Revenge hitting season low. I’m sure it will bounce back next week to a range of 2.6 – 2.8. And great for Once Upon A Time.


    @ Roco

    LOL @ Max

    Not that I like feeding the troll, but his comment today was really funny

  • jT

    GO once upon a time!!!

    Bounce back more next week.

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