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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  • Al Patrickson

    What were the the ratings for this week’s new episode of “The Clone Wars”, “a Sunny Day in the Void” when it aired on Saturday?

  • karin

    Ouch CBS, no more TGW or the Mentalist,please…
    New shows for 18/49 ?

  • RandomCommentor

    I think CBS miscalculated with not airing a new episode of the mentalist last week. That said, this season has been pretty bad so far – it reminds of the final season of Lie to Me but worse honestly. I guess the writers just got lazy. No real character development (supposedly there is a multi-episode arc with Lisbon).

    That said, unless you are on cable 10PM on Sunday is a rough spot for CBS crime dramas, especially darker ones (which the Mentalist was supposed to be heading towards this season, though CBS is advertising it as the exact opposite – I mean REAL OPPOSITE).

    Also, as bad as it’s been, it would probably do better than Elementary in that Thursday time slot. It’s a funny thing that POI makes a better lead-in for darker shows and Sunday late night is more for the lighter ones (except TWD etc.).

    3.0 to 1.6 this year. Ouch.


    @ Rebecca

    Can’t wait any longer for the Sun finals, so loved Lincoln (D Day-Lewis the one to beat for Oscar) & never saw that Christmas donkey–my collection is more live-action, classic TV shows & movies. The animated collection is basically from the 50’s & 60’s when I was growing up.

  • LHR

    Yay, always happy to see bob’s burgers in the 2’s.

  • psychic

    Oh my God, The Mentalist.

  • Mrs. Angela Lansbury

    If I had to wager a guess, darlings, I’d say that CBS will cancel The Mentalist and move TGW to Fridays for what might be a final season. I wager such because CBS owns TGW, the show is close to syndication, and its status as CBS’s main “critical darling” might earn it the barest sliver of goodwill being on the bubble.

  • Danie


    It’s a shame you’re not liking this season so far, I am and I think it’s a good season. For me, episodes 5×02, 5×05, 5×07 and 5×09 were the best ones. We learned a few things on the RJ storyline, Rigsby got an episode centered around him and the Lisbon story arc began in 5×07 and will continue in episodes 5×11 and 5×12. Also, Amanda Righetti is pregnant so people won’t see Grace around for a while (that means more changes).

    Regarding last night’s numbers, I find them strange (and bad). I mean, let’s see the numbers for this season so far:

    5×01 – 2.1 / 11.060
    5×02 – 1.6 / 9.020 – 10:30
    5×03 – 2.1 / 10.740
    5×04 – 1.5 / 8.100 – At almost 11:00
    5×05 – 1.8 / 10.170
    5×06 – 1.8 / 9.110 – 10:30
    5×07 – 1.9 / 10.150
    5×08 – 1.4 / 8.070 – At almost 11:00
    5×09 – 1.8 / 10.150
    5×10 – 1.6 / 7.89

    So, as you and everybody can see, this is the 1st time the show scored below 1.8 at 10pm. The 7.89 is a season and I guess series low in total viewers. Even episodes which aired at almost 11pm had more viewers. It’s strange ’cause the show notched an 1.5 beginning at almost 11pm and scored a 1.6 beginning at 10pm???? It’s strange and kind of controversial.

    This 1.6 at 10pm looks bad, but getting back to 1.8/1.9 and 10 million in January is entirely possible.

  • DW

    again if you want ratings , put TBBT or NCIS in that 9 pm slot on sunday because if you want a hit there , a new show isnt going to do it. dec is preempted for 2 weeks by race and survivor finals then in january it gets preempted for football playoffs if cbs has the late game. then it gets preempted for specials in feb then it runs straight through march and april. then it ends the season the least week in april for race and survivor finals again in may. or put reruns in there. a new show will not work for cbs at 9 in the fall.

  • K

    Such a shame. This past season of TAR was one of the best seasons in a long time. The final four teams all won great prizes and one of the most deserving teams won the race.

  • Sunday

    I wonder if people expected TGW after Amazing race instead of The Mentalist. 1.6 simply didn’t make any sense.

  • Ruan

    Am I the only one who thinks that “American Dad” would do a much better job than “Bob’s Burgers” if it were the one following “The Simpsons”? I mean, it went from a 3.4 to a 2.1!

    I think TS – AD – FG – BB would be better for the animation block.

  • Sunday

    And this season of The Mentalist is better than the last season. The quality is consistent and it’s fun to watch.

  • a p garcia

    Sad for TM, miss ABC’s regular lineup and ratings showed, I am not the only one.

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    We liked “Lincoln” too. DDL is just 2 inches shorter than the real Lincoln, it turns out (I did some Lincoln research after we got home). The donkey special I mentioned was a Rankin-Bass “stop motion animation” show, like most of what’s in my (er, kiddo’s) collection. “Small One” is another donkey story, from Disney…cute and sweet. Both donkey stories wind up being “this is the donkey that carried Mary to the manger/stable/Inn” tales.

  • ToXiX

    @Grey’s Anatomy faniots

    Like how its content was too adult for 7:30 too?

  • Angie

    Why don’t people stop bitching on here everyday and show support for your fave show instead of dragging other shows u don’t even watch down. Get a bloody life. Not even halfway in season and we have psychics on here predicting whole season. And all this crap ‘whose show is better’. And ‘all you haters’ crap God give it a rest.

  • Networkman

    It does seem that the Hallmark movie took some viewers away from The Mentalist. With 1-2 million more viewers, it would have been at a 1.8-2.0 demo. I still feel The Mentalist should be renewed for one more season and placed on Friday. It simply can not compete against SNF.

    I really enjoyed all of the animated programs on FOX. It is sad that Bob’s Burgers can not garner at least high 2’s in the demo. It also drops close to 3 million viewers from The Simpsons. But it was really funny last night. I don’t know what FOX could do to try and help it grow so that it could eventually stand on its own. As of now, I still don’t feel it is in any better shape than The Cleveland Show.

  • Justin121

    Methinks CBS Sundays is subject to Friday-like special considerations.

    I don’t believe either The Mentalist or The Good Wife will be cancelled come May.

    The M still has life left in it and not-bad-for-Sunday (10pm in 2013) ratings.

    That is in line with TV By The Numbers predictions for CBS this year:

    CSI: NY: cancelled.
    Mentalis, the: Renewed.
    Good Wife, the: Renewed.

    Not much to discuss in the CBS threads until new shows are picked up / Elemntary airs after Super Bowl.

  • POI

    Now that Revenge, Once and TWD are gone Sunday ratings are dead there is nothing interesting

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