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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  • aciel

    this is sad because max really needs a life. i’m surprised that revenge dropped this much

  • erwan from france

    I’m so happy for Once Upon A Time ! and so sad for Revenge ! Once Upon A Time will begin this saturday 9/8c in France, i’m so glad !!!

  • Josh

    I think revenge will get adjusted up to a 2.5 a lot of people probably recorded it and were busy catching up on some zzz’s after the holiday and shopping.

  • SarahL


    Why is Revenge getting compared to Scandal. They’re not even the same type of show. Theres no competition either.

    I don’t get it either. It is comparing apples to oranges because they are on the same network. Besides Revenge is far more like Once Upon a Time than any other show.

  • erwan from france

    I’m pretty sure that Revenge will recover, I believe in it !

  • Jonathan


    I liked Liz & Dick too! It for sure took away from Revenege’s audience.

    Thanks for bringing up Hot In Cleveland! I’m super excited about the new season! This one is supposed to be. Full 22 episode season!

  • erwan from france

    Do someone have the half hours ?

  • SarahL


    No, they are not fighting each other for renewal. Revenge is certain to be renewed. Scandal might not be renewed. If any ABC shows are competing for renewal it is Nashville and Scandal because they are both are low rated shows.

  • lakergirl

    I consider myself a Revenge fan but didn’t watch last nite. I watched RHOA instead and figured I can catch Revenge on In Demand. But the more I think about it, I may not even bother. More and more, Revenge is starting to feel like a chore with all of its confusion.

  • CBSViewer

    Why TVBTN doesn’t publish the international ratings of the shows ? It would be interesting to see how the American shows rate in other countries :)

  • Leondre

    I thought Bob’s Burgers would be doing better in the fall.

  • AA

    Revenge was definitely a filler episode last night, i think they did that on purpose because its thanksgiving weekend and less people would be watching.

  • Danielle

    Now that’s more like it, OUAT. Don’t scare me like that again!

  • aciel

    i think that revenges drop had a lot to do with the fact that it was flashback episode, the promo kind of turned people of, and the liz and dick season premiere

  • larrywitness

    You got to understand that Max is a troll. There are a few times a week his mom lets him out of basement to get on computer. Now he is not very good at being a Troll but thats all he is. Dont feed the Troll just ignore it.

  • aciel

    who is this max guy does he even have a life? because from what i could see is hes probably a 50 year old who lives alone and spends all his time locked up in his room and on the computer. im pretty he has posters all over his rooms saying scandal rules and revenge sucks.

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    But they’re not the only hour long dramas tho. (GA, PP, every other show except the comedies) Renew both, they’re not even on the same night. Make everyone happy (including me). Scandal doesn’t even have full seasons anyways.

    SarahL~ ‘I don’t get it either. It is comparing apples to oranges because they are on the same network. Besides Revenge is far more like Once Upon a Time than any other show.’

    RIGHT!! I don’t watch OUAT but idk about saying they’re alike.

    They keep canceling shows they won’t have anything left.

  • don juan

    no worries. both revenge and once upon a time will be back for seasons 3 and 4. maybe even more. my two favorites :-)

  • Deny


    I can tell you how these shows rate here in Hungary

    OUAT: Around 300 thousand viewers and around 100 thousand viewers in demo
    Revenge: around 300-400K viewers and a 70-100K demo

    these are quite good, actually, considering that they air on a less-watched, smaller network (like the CW in the US)

  • jo

    Why TVBTN doesn’t publish the international ratings of the shows ? It would be interesting to see how the American shows rate in other countries

    Because they dont have such a data ?

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