TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time' Flat, 'Revenge' Up + 'Bob's Burgers' & 'American Dad' Down

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December 3rd, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.3/13 3.2/8 2.1/5 1.7/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.5/13 2.3/6 1.6/5 2.0/6 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 15.095 13.305 7.004 3.909 2.697


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (which was delayed 41 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 (Eagles/Cowboys) scored a preliminary 6.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:00PM, down from last week's 7.6  rating.

On FOX, The Cleveland Show earned 1.6, down four tenths from last week's 2.0 rating.  Bob's Burgers garnered a x from last week's 2.0adults 18-49 rating. American Dad notched a 2.0, down a tenth  from its last original's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was even with last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.Once Upon a Time was also even with last week's 3.1. Your predictions were a little too optimistic .Revenge garnered a 2.4, up two tenths from last week's season low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue notched a 1.4, also up two tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Due to overruns,  CBS ratings are scrambled and essentially worthless until we get the finals tomorrow.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 2, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun/ 60 Minutes 5.9 16  21.160
NBC Football Night in America 1.8 5 6.04
ABC America's Funniest home Videos 1.6 4 7.38
FOX NFL Overrun/ Bob's Burgers -R 1.3 3 3.51
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 3.2 8 9.55
FOX The Cleveland Show 1.6 4 3.35
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 4.9 12 14.52
ABC Once Upon a Time 3.1 7 9.05
CBS 60 Minutes/ The Amazing Race 3.1 7  13.595
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.9 5 4.37
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11) 6.6 16 18.13
FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8 4 3.92
9:00PM ABC Revenge 2.4 5 7.57
CBS The Amazing Race/ The Good Wife 2.2 5  9.690
FOX Family Guy -R 1.9 4 4.13
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.0 4 4.17
10:00PM CBS The Good Wife/The Mentalist -R 1.5 4  8.776
ABC 666 Park Ave. 1.4 3 4.02

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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  • Networkman

    Both Once Upon A Time and Revenge were fantastic last night. I was on the edge of my seat for Revenge. IMO, those two hours of TV is the most entertaining of the week. And hopefully these two shows will garner more recognition come award season. Madeline Stowe deserves a nomination. Now if ABC were to move Scandal to 10pm that would be 3 total hours of fascinating dramas.


    @ Douglas from Brazil

    Hope you didn’t take offense as I honestly didn’t single you out. Saw Mike’s comment & agreed. There have been several other times in previous posts when others have stated the same & I could never grasp the statement.

    I follow OUAT fairly regularly & who else but Cora could be the queen of hearts, but much more happened than just that.

    Again, sorry if I offended you, as that was not my intent.

  • The End


    I agree. Although The Dark One aka Rumpelstiltskin was revealed to be the one who guided Cora with her magic, he never kept Hearts, he didn’t care enough too. With the Heart vault(I’ll call it that), with all those hearts being shown throughout the series, some taken by Regina, a lot taken by Cora, it should of been obvious who it was.

  • SJ

    I haven’t caught up with Once Upon a Time in over a month, knew last night’s episode title, and even I don’t consider it a spoiler. Some posters really need to get over themselves.

    Yeah, it’s funny that CBS chose to show a Mentalist repeat last night. Apparently it’s new next week, while The Good Wife is either a repeat or off for the night (if TAR wraps up next week with a 2-hr finale; I wouldn’t know since I don’t watch it).

  • Al Patrickson

    What were the ratings for this week’s latest epiosde of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, “Secret Weapons” when it aired on Saturday?

  • alvar


    Most shows are subject to weeks of pre-emptions and reruns in order to make a 22 episode season last until May. And yes, ratings are generally lower come spring as a result – so I don’t know why you think that this will only affect Revenge.

    IMO Once and Revenge are holding up well on an extremely competitive night of the week. Surely The Good Wife and The Mentalist’s ratings are far more worrying? Or the cancelled 666 and Last Resort?

  • Nick

    Nice for Revenge.

    Why no uptick OUAT? That was your best episode ever!!!!!!!!!!

  • Douglas from Brazil

    @The End,

    I’m not new here…I’ve been following this website since 2009.But this is a website about numbers,not recaps.Here,we discuss ratings,DVR numbers,the fate of shows who can be canceled or renewed…

    Just because is an american website for american shows does mean that I’m not allowed to follow?It’s nonsense.
    The reason I follow is just I love american shows.When I comment about that picture revealed who was the queen of hearts,that moment for me it was a spoiler being revealed not the entire episode but just a character.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    @The Old Man,

    Never thought in my mind about what you said as an offense.I got your point.I’m sorry for all misunderstanding.I apologize for my unclear comments.It’s good to be here and discuss about something from diferents perspectives.Maybe I’ve gone too far but we’re here to comment and discuss.I appreciate your words!

  • ToXiX

    With the pick up of Murder Police I’m worried Animation Domination will look Like this next season.

    7 The OT
    730 Bobs Burgers
    8 The Simpson’s
    830 purser Police
    9 Family Guy
    940 American Dad

  • ToXiX

    930* & Murder*

    Sorry. My phone Did it.

  • Matthew

    Max is definitely doing this on purpose to drum up conversation, but regardless Revenge always has some of the biggest gains from DVR viewing, gaining around 3+ million viewers a week!! OUAT and Scandal are both AMAZING shows!!!!!

  • eridapo

    Another article blaming the DVR for the drop in ratings..


    The point the networks make is that the DVR is revolutionizing viewing,” said Brad Adgate, director of research for Horizon Media, a media buying company. “But that is masking the fact that the new shows they put on this fall just aren’t that good. There are better shows on cable.”

    The lack of excitement this fall came in stark contrast to a year ago, when a host of new series broke through as hits: “Two Broke Girls” on CBS, “New Girl” on Fox, “Once Upon a Time” on ABC and many others. ABC had an especially fruitful year, bringing back six new series for second seasons.

  • Erik

    Revenge was awesome! Setting up some interesting story lines for the Spring!

  • The End

    @Douglas from Brazil

    Sorry but I don’t believe you. Episode discussions of stuff aired, and pictures in the ratings releases have been around as long as I can remember, and you’re only JUST starting to complain about them. If you’ve been here for 3 years you’d know all this.

    Going back to my original point, discussion stuff already aired is not considered a spoiler, depending on the country of origin of said websites/posters, this episode has aired, and thus the picture/discussions are valid.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Revenge up two tenths and Max still spins it as a disaster because it didn’t score 5.0 with twenty million viewers…

    Truly pathetic human being.

    Poor Ashley got drop-kicked out the show – but I’ve no doubt she will return seeking REVENGE! Because that’s what everyone the show does. The name is the clue! :-)

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