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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  • Mark Wilkins

    It’s not Football or The Walking Dead, no way they can affect a soap opera style revenge show in the ratings.

  • Mike

    It was a different situation this week unfortunately for Abbie and Ryan, last week Abbie and Ryan and the Beekman Boys were working together and doing the same amount if tasks, this week the Beekmans would of had to go out of their way just to watch Abbie and Ryan do a task they did not have to do, because of a u-turn. Was it wrong, maybe, but it was either continue with the game or get eliminated when Abbie and Ryan would have undoubtedly outran them to the pit stop, I was pulling for Abbie and Ryan, but don’t act like Abbie and Ryan wouldn’t have done the same thing if the roles were reversed. What did you want them to do, forfeit??

  • TheFrenchGuy

    @ Erwan from France
    Desole erreur de frappe :)

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    General Question!!!! Didn’t know where to put it.

    DVR viewership is recorded as part of TV ratings obviously at intervals of before 3am the day after the show aired, at three days out and seven days out I believe.

    But please settle a debate I am having. Those numbers are still measured directly only among Nielsen households, correct? and then extrapolated to estimate the total numbers.

    Said another way, the Live + 7 ratings don’t actually measure everybody’s use of their own personal DVR during that 7 days and add that to the viewers, right?

    Somebody said that the networks can request this DVR data separately from cable providers is that happening and even if it is does it matter as the C3s are used by the advertisers anyway.

    Lastly I assume on demand viewership is measured directly for Nielsen families but is it for the public at large and does it matter either?

    You are going to laugh but there were people (not Nielsen folks) last night who turned on multiple TVs in their house thinking it was going to impact the ratings of one show.

    Any answers would be well appreciated. I have been to ratings 101 already :-)

  • Justin121

    REVENGE is water-cooler show.

    It needs to be on mid-week.

  • CrimTV


    OMG! The Mentalist 10 million viewers!

    Here are some of the latest ratings available for some US shows in the UK:

    Revenge – 820,000
    Elementary – 1.02 million
    Arrow – 1.75 million (VERY POPULAR, network only available on certain platforms and it’s premiere received 1.85 million)
    The Big Bang Theory – 2.80 million
    Vampire Diaries – 760,000
    2 Broke Girls – 950,000
    The Mentalist – 1.88 million
    CSI: Miami – 1.74 million
    Body of Proof – 1.18 million
    Castle – 940,000
    Homeland – 3.04 million (is that more than US?)

    But many of our UK shows pull amazing ratings

    I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! – Between 9-10 million viewers daily
    The X Factor – Between 8 and 10 million (used to be much higher)
    Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars) – 10-11 million
    Merlin – 6-7 million

  • Dejah

    Revenge will go up later in week. Most people I know who were watching
    Liz and Dick just dvred Revenge. Which was a better program but the talking about it later valu was with Liz?Lindsey

  • CrimTV


    Remember 10 million viewers in the UK is around one-6th of the population. One-6th of the US population is around 50-60 million?

  • Jackson

    I think the test for SCANDEL will be this week. This weeks episode is by far its most hyped/promoted episode. The promos look amazing and Scandel had that VERY long, AMAZING promo during the AMAs (wasnt it like two minutes long?). SO ABC is obviously really behind the show and i think this weeks ratings will really spell out its future. I am predicting this weeks episode will be a series high of at least a 2.4 (if not higher)

  • Jackson

    SCANDAL not SCANDEL… lol

  • Nick


    Revenge will go up later in week. Most people I know who were watching Liz and Dick just dvred Revenge.

    Your local weather is an indication of your local weather and only your local weather:

  • rob60990

    I’m not even sad Revenge hit a season low. Terrible episode. Glad Once Upon a Time rebounded.

    Bob’s Burgers & The Cleveland Show did terrible.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    Awesome reference to a great little article here that was not seen by all to many because of the holiday.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I agree it’s unfortunate Revenge slid 12%. That is significant IF it doesn’t rebound next week. If it does rebound, it won’t matter that much.

    The episode itself was pretty good, introducing Victoria’s mother and giving us the back story on Aidan as well as introducing the guy part of the Nolan three-way triangle as well as some (in my view unnecessary) back story on Jack’s father and even Ashley.

    But it was “filler”.

    I’d like to see the back story on Takeda. That guy is interesting.

    Also amazing how Emily can fight in a really tight short skirt and heels! Not to mention her amazing legs! :-)

  • TV Addict

    I kinda have to agree with Max. If it keeps going down it’ll be in trouble, but I think it’ll be fine. Plus I actually like Revenge a lot.

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    Jon~ all shows (all networks) have winter finale’s. They go off for about a month to give the actors a break. All shows will be back in January. Are you new to watching tv or something.

    Greg- Why is it that after 9 episodes you know Ryan’s name but not his g/f’s. its ABBIE.

    The gay team has names too. JOSH & BRENT. If you go back & actually watch they talked about staying w/ Abbie & Ryan but knew one of them were gonna get eliminated. & Abbie & Ryan weren’t gonna let them jump on the mat first.

  • Chris

    The Simpsons are indestructible.

  • Oliver


    Yep, Homeland gets twice as many UK viewers as US viewers. A major reason is that it’s on broadcast television in the UK while in the US it’s on premium cable.

  • Nerdbot

    When ABC aired the first flashback episode of Revenge last season, it got 2.2 as this week’s episode did. I think people are not big fans of this kind of episodes because they are just fillers. I don’t like them either, the have a slow pacing and sometimes get boring.

    I have a question. If Revenge gets a third season, is it likely that it will get a fourth one for syndication?

  • eridapo

    @ Anthony Parello (AP076)

    DVR viewership is recorded as part of TV ratings obviously at intervals of before 3am the day after the show aired, at three days out and seven days out I believe.

    But please settle a debate I am having. Those numbers are still measured directly only among Nielsen households, correct? and then extrapolated to estimate the total numbers

    The simple answer is Yes… The numbers are extrapolated like all Nielsen numbers.

    Nielsen ratings are based on a sample of approximately 25,000 households in the US, and from those HH Nielsen extrapolates who is watching what.

    So when you see DVR #S or the Live plus SD numbers remember that Nielsen is not actually measuring the more than 125Million plus HH.

    The Nielsen numbers are like all those pre-election day polls whose accuracy depended on how well the pollsters did in constructing the representative sample of the election day population as a whole, and like those polls Nielsen has a margin of error of 2% to 4%. Keep that in mind when you are trouble about a 1/10 to 2/10 difference in ratings between shows….

    As to your second question, the Networks receive information from Satellite and Cable providers about what shows are being watched live, ondemand, or via DVR. This data actually comes from the STB (Set Top Box) at each home, so theoretically they get to see information from the 10+Millions of STB around the country. There is one basic problem with this information and it is why networks don’t rely on it as much as Nielsen — there is no demographic information. All the STB does is say a show is being watched. It does not say who is watching or how many are actually watching. Without that information, the data is useless to the Networks and to advertisers.

    In the last couple of years, Nielsen has been receiving STB data from DirectTV (about 100K subscribers). Nielsen, however, uses the data along with its own data to reduce the amount of error or variability of its own reports…


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