TV Ratings Sunday: 'The Amazing Race' Finale, 'Family Guy' & 'The Mentalist' Down, 'The Simpsons' & 'Bob's Burgers' Up; Christmas With Holly' Not So Festive

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December 10th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.7/14 3.5/9 2.2/5 1.6/4 1.4/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.8/14 3.3/10 1.3/4 1.0/3 1.3/4
Total Viewers (million) 15.932 8.545 9.583 6.673 3.420


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football),  & CBS (Football Overruns in some markets) 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 (Packers/Lions) scored a preliminary 6.9 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:00PM, up from last week's preliminary 6.6  rating.

On FOX, Football Overrun (Saints/Giants) earned a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating.  The Simpsons garnered a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating up 3% from a 3.3 for its last original on November 25. Bob’s Burgers scored a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 17% from last week’s 1.8. Family Guy earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating down 3% from a 2.9 for its most recent episode on November 25.  American Dad notched a 2.2 up 5% from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 60 Minutes scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 42% from a 3.3 for last week’s football-delayed episode. The two-house season finale of The Amazing Race earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating down 4%  from last week’s 2.7 and down 31% from last year's fall finale on December 11, 2011. It tied as the show's lowest rated finale ever.  The Mentalist garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% from a 1.8 for its most previous new episode on November 25.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.4, down 13% from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Prep & Landing  notched a 1.4 up 27%  from a 1.1  for its last telecast on December 23, 2011. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice garnered a 1.4 up 27% from a 1.1 on December 23, 2011.  scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 13% from a 1.6 for the previous HHOF movie Firelighton April 22 and ranking as ABC's highest rated Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 9, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football (Saints at Giants) - Live / The O.T 6.1/17 17.32
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 2.3/6 7.097
CBS 60 Minutes 1.9/5 11.77
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4/4 6.49
7:30 NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 3.3/9 9.63
8:00 NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 5.4/13 16.06
FOX  The Simpsons 3.4/9 7.50
CBS The Amazing Race (8-10PM) Season Finale 2.6/6 8.54
ABC Disney Prep & Landing - R 1.4/3 4.90
8:30 NBC NFL Football : Lions at Packers-  Live (8:30-11PM)
6.9/17 18.94
FOX Bob's Burgers 2.1/5 4.59
 ABC  Disney Prep & Landing Naughty Versus Nice - R  1.4/3  4.78
9 :00 FOX Family Guy 2.8/7 5.62
ABC Christmas With Holly (9-11PM) 1.8/4 7.68
9:30 FOX American Dad 2.2/5 4.65
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.6/4 7.89

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



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  • Diane

    @Max. Oh yes, just seemed this week it was worse. I’m a big fan of TM. Wish it could be on a different night/time. Sure don’t to see it cancelled!

  • Chris

    Markets where CBS was delayed (60 Minutes 7:05/6:05c, The Amazing Race 8:05/7:05c, The Mentalist 10:05/9:05c):

    Atlanta, GA
    Buffalo, NY
    Charlotte, NC
    Chicago, IL
    Cincinnati, OH
    Dallas, TX
    Fargo, ND
    Fort Myers, FL
    Mankato, MN
    Miami, FL
    Milwaukee, WI
    Minneapolis, MN
    Orlando, FL
    Panama City, FL
    Philadelphia, PA
    St. Louis, MO
    Tampa, FL
    West Palm Beach, FL

    Again, as Max Vreny said, there was no real runover, so the numbers for 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, and The Mentalist are very accurate (although I’ve noticed TAR is adjusted up a tenth several times).

  • Bad Wolf

    So much for all the “Good Wife is dragging The Mentalist down !” fuss week after week. Look ! Last night, The Mentalist did it all by itself ! In its regular timeslot and after a 2.6 lead in, no less !

  • HalCapone

    Coming next year from the Crime Broadcasting System, Simon Baker as “The Dentalist”, a crime fighting dentist who reads behavior by the amount of teeth revealed when a criminal smiles or opens their mouth. Infrequent flossers and teeth grinders beware–they always have something to hide! Watch The Dentalist constantly battles periodontal disease and prevent cavities while simultaneously taking a bite out of crime. Tartar and plaque build up will be history as Simon Baker rinses, swishes and spits out a new criminal element each week. The Dentalist fights for truth, justice, white teeth and the American way.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Looks like NBC live football 9to 11 Pm impacted The Mentalist.”

    Since it’s unlikely that The Mentalist ratings will increase after football season is over, what will be your Fan Excuse Bingo play then?

  • MadMenFan

    Trust me the simpsons will go down in the spring… so it will the all animation domination, because it depends on the football.

  • Andrea

    Recent Hallmark Hall of Fame movies 18-49 ratings


    Firelight 1.6
    A Smile As Big As The Moon 1.5


    Have a little Faith 1.1


    Beyond the Blackboard 1.3
    The Lost Valentine 2.3

    November Christmas 2.1
    When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story 1.2


    A Dog Named Christmas 2.1
    The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler 1.5
    Loving Leah 2.2


    Front of the Class 2.8
    Sweet nothing in my Ear 1.5
    The Russell Girl 2.2

    Pictures of Hollis Woods 2.1
    Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness 2.3
    The Valley of Light 2.9

    Candles on Bay Street 2.8
    In from the Night 2.3
    The Water Is Wide ??

    Silver Bells 3.7
    Riding the Bus with My Sister 3.5
    The Magic of Ordinary Days 4.2

    The CBS movies had lots of total viewers (just like almost all CBS shows).
    1.8 is probably ok. In line with a bubble show (the various low 2.0 in 2008-10 or the mid 2.0 in 2006-07 were pretty much the demos bubble shows on CBS were getting at the time).

  • crowkette

    I think a lot of TM viewers didn’t know it was new last night. I’m a nielsen family, and I thought the winter finale was a couple of weeks ago. Last week was a rerun. Lots of people I know at work thought the same. Bummer.

  • Christian


    Animation Domination, as it does every year, goes down in the spring (and so do a lot of other shows). It’s not new.

  • SarahL

    The promos for that holiday movie were so sappy that I thought it would get much higher ratings.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’m a nielsen family”

    That would either be a lie (my guess), or a breaking of the rules you agree to in becoming a Nielsen family.

    Please don’t bring either nonsense around here.

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    Revenge is on break so no Max to whine about it how much Scandal is better.

    Congrats to Josh & Brent on their S1 million win last night.

    Amazing Race see you again in February!!

  • TheHafk

    Hooray for Bobs Burgers!

    Also, wow, this comment section is so much better when ABC isn’t airing their usual shows.

  • daany94

    Glad The Simpsons is beating family guy. Thats the way it should be

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    Have you seen “Nestor the Long Eared Donkey” among your Christmas specials? Kiddo found it as a bonus feature (along with ‘Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”) on the “Year Without a Santa Claus” disc….funny how she knew those features were there even though they’re not listed on the face of the disc. They’re both cute shows.

    That guy in the picture DOES look like a young Tom Cruise…also Christian Bale.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Everyone

    The Mentalist is now a good candidate for cancelation or it’s still likely to be Renewed ?

  • Diane

    @Bill. My play would be Nielson is an antiquated system, followed by the reference to older viewers should count. And no
    I don’t think tvbythenumbers kills….its a fantastic reference.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Bill. My play would be Nielson is an antiquated system, followed by the reference to older viewers should count. And no
    I don’t think tvbythenumbers kills….its a fantastic reference.”

    The veteran Fan Excuse Bingo player always has fall back squares at the ready!

  • Leondre

    Only 60 comments.

  • David Howell

    1.6 for The Mentalist + blowout on SNF + no TGW lead-in to drag it down = big step back towards the bear.

    How in the world are CBS meant to renew two out of three veteran shows with ratings that would make them bubble shows on ABC? I predict they will only renew one out of those three and Golden Boy, as opposed to the two that Bill has predicted all along.

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