TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time' Flat, 'Biggest Loser' Premiere Up, 'The Mentalist' Rises, 'Revenge' Down as Football Dominates Night

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January 7th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.6/14 2.2/6 1.8/5 1.7/4 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.1/15 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.0/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.676 6.434 5.454 9.665 2.079


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for FOX (NFL Football & Postgame Show),  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

FOX was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.


On FOX, The Simpsons  earned a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 29%  from a 3.4 on December 9, though it should be noted that the show started 3 minutes late due to football overruns, which may impact the final ratings. Every other FOX show also began three minutes late.  Bob’s Burgers garnered a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating  up 48% from a 2.1 on December 9.   Family Guy scored a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating up 40% from a 2.5 on December 23. American Dad notched a 2.8 among adults 18-49 up  40% from a 2.0 on December 23.


On ABC, Once Upon a Time earned a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating even with its fall finale on December 2.Most of your predictions were a little optimistic.  Revenge scored a 2.3 among adults 18-49 down 4% from a 2.4 on December 2. The timeslot premiere of Happy Endings garnered a series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 23% from a 1.3 on Tuesday, December 18. Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 tied it series low with a 0.9 among adults 18-49 down 18% from a 1.1 on Tuesday, December 18.


On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating down 26% from a 1.9 on December 9. The Good Wife scored a 1.8 among adults 18-49 even with its most recent new episode on December 2. The Mentalist matched its season high with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 31% from a 1.6 on December 9.


On NBC, the Sunday premiere of Dateline earned a 1.5 up 25% from a 1.2 on January 8, 2012. The season premiere of The Biggest Loser scored a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating up 21% from a 2.4 for its prior season premiere on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, January 6, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football: Seahawks at Redskins - Live 12.1/32 33.94
NBC Dateline (7-9PM) 1.5/4 6.26
CBS 60 Minutes 1.4/4 9.52
ABC Once Upon a Time - R 0.9/2 3.39
7:30 FOX NFL Football/FOX NFL Postgame - Live 7.6/19 19.29
8:00 FOX  The Simpsons 4.4/11 9.65
ABC  Once Upon a Time 3.1/8 9.04
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.3/3 8.43
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 3.1/8 6.52
9:00 FOX Family Guy 3.5/8 7.09
NBC The Biggest Loser (9-11PM)- Season Premiere 2.9/7 6.97
ABC Revenge 2.3/5 7.00
CBS The Good Wife 1.8/4 9.99
9:30 FOX American Dad 2.8/7 5.57
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.1/6 10.73
ABC Happy Endings 1.0/3 2.57
10:30 ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 0.9/2 2.23

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



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  • rob60990

    LMAO at Happy Endings & APT 23. HUGE Flops.

  • Max

    Well look at this, I am correct regarding REVENGE, once again.

    The show returns to very disappointing numbers and it begin to get even more depressing for ABC as the weeks go on. Just wait until the award shows and breaks begin to interrupt the Sunday night schedule and this show is going to see incredibly surprising lows. Well, surprise to others, not to me.

    Meanwhile, SCANDAL will benefit greatly from how quickly word of mouth is spreading and continue to remain steady or even rise.

    Sorry REVENGE fans but the show’s numbers, as from what I have heard from viewers about the show itself this season, are tanking.

  • CrimTV

    WOOP! Go Biggest Loser :)

  • Joseph

    Revenge is steady but a huge drop off in the second half! Worrying

  • victor hugo

    Damn it ABC.. why not show the last 3 episodes of 666 Park Avenue instead..

  • BigBrotherFan

    wow! Maybe ABC maybe more inclined to burn off those 666 Park Ave. episodes now.

  • @Max

    I feel you should get a life and stop worrying about Revenge.

  • Petar Ivanov

    ABC flop again. Time to move this 2 comedies in other day. But where…..

  • CenterGravity

    Atta boy, Patrick Jane.

  • Josh

    As I’m overseas, was the Happy Endings double-episode weeks promoted at all? I don’t think it’s a good fit after Revenge.

  • Gabe

    Max (a.k.a Rob)

    You aren’t fooling anyone

  • DenverDean

    WOW at TBL crushing REV, TGW and TM. Plus REV dropped significantly at half-hour. Not a good sign for ABC’s Sunday line-up. OUAT should’ve done better as well. Not football overrun and nothing great on other networks.

  • buttondiet

    Not bad for Revenge, but not great either. At least it wasn’t a series low. and I think at this point it doesn’t even matter what ratings Don’t Trust the B. gets? It’s cancelled either way right?

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Based on ratings, anyone else think ABC should bring ‘Revenge’ back for shorter seasons, sometime Jan-May? Air without hiatuses. 13-18 eps.

  • rob60990

    I don’t recall The Biggest Loser ever skewing that young. It did pretty well.

    Once Upon a Time is steady. Revenge did just OK. I don’t like that half hour drop.

  • omabin

    wow that is low for revenge… the show is still going to be renewed but i was expecting better. i will hope that it was the biggest looser that hurt it. speaking of which, it it keeps those numbers, deception should break a 2 tonigt, let’s see. also sad about the comedies, there really is no way abc can justify renewing apartment 23, as much as i like it… as for happy endings, i pray to the syndication gods, but i don’t know. i am not too optimistic

  • The Cool Max

    Wow. I feel sorry now for #23. Bad night for ABC’s comedies.

  • Ron

    Revenge at 2.3 isnt good,but i expect the ratings will go a little higher in the next few weeks. I really like the show/

  • Petar Ivanov

    TBW is big winner. NBC must give TBW post footbal sundays 8-10 pm and Trump from 10.

  • Canadian content

    Republic of Doyle was excellent last night.

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