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

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  • Grey

    TV Guide is reporting that “Dowton Abbey” basically beat everything in prime time last night except “The Good Wife” and “The Mentalist. ” / CBS.

  • Kissan

    Have to say but TBL did really good yesterday. Now all it has to do is put all of that demo and audience on Mondays, which I doubt since its goin against CBS comedies and Monday Night Football. OUAT is steady but still dissapointing, didn’t last years midseason premiere had like a 3.7 and 10 million viewers? Revenge also isn’t doin good but since its goin against a lot of stuff, next week its goin against The Golden Globes so that should hurt. I also think the season premieres of Downtown Abbey and TBL hurt it. I can’t wait to see tomorrow’s ratings of how TBL and The Bachelor go against each other and the premiere of Deception.

    P.S. Is anybody interested in what ABC Family’s Switched At Birth and Bunheads will do tonight? Also Love & Hip Hop on VH1?

  • Brandy

    @Grey, tvline has DA at 7.5 million viewers so football,Once Upon a Time,Metalist,Good Wife,60 minutes,Simpons,& a Person of Interest rerun all beat it accoding to this sites ratings for last night.

  • Oliver

    RIP Happy Endings. Probably too low to even be attractive to cable.

    Otherwise, everybody did well, despite a super-competitive night. In particular, TBL did well, better than expected, but I still doubt it will maintain those numbers.

  • Brandy

    @Kissan, I am for abcfamilys shows.

  • BostonGuy

    Talk about annoying people who should keep their ego in check and fingers off the keyboard…

    Posted January 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    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.

  • JC

    NBC really $%^&ed me with their scheduling. Had to play all kinds of DVR musical chairs to make sure everything recorded.

  • Adam

    I didn’t even know the comedies had moved nights. Didn’t see any advertising about it. To Hulu!

  • jT

    Go once upon a time!

  • Potter

    Happy endings deserves so much better. It is one of the funniest shows on tv. I don’t understand why a show like this does worse then shows that are far inferior in quality….

  • GG

    Revenge is safe whether people choose to see this or not. It’s a international success and countries are buying its rights to produce their own version (recently Turkey).

    And it has been getting a steady 2.3-2.7 demos. Which I would like to remind is the same with Scandal….the two show’s fan base seem to not get along? I dont know why but its pretty stupid considering both shows don’t beat each other by far. If anything, you can stick together. lol

  • Oliver

    Also: tonight’s schedule is one of the worst ‘regular’ nights for the broadcast networks in recent memory.

    CBS and CW repeats, The Biggest Loser/Deception, The Bachelor/Castle, and a Bones repeat and The Mob Doctor. Nothing remotely worth watching.

  • Ultima

    And PBS beat all of them


    CBS beat PBS in total viewers and FOX beat PBS in the A18-49 demo.

  • Ultima

    Also: tonight’s schedule is one of the worst ‘regular’ nights for the broadcast networks in recent memory … Nothing remotely worth watching.

    People complain when networks air originals against big events.

    People complain when networks don’t air originals against big events.

    They just can’t win!

  • Grey

    @ Brandy.

    They weren’t talking about the # of viewers, they were talking about the demo for the 9-11 PM time slots. “DA” had a 5.1! “The Mentalist” only had a 2.1 and “The Good Wife” only had a 1.8.

    Also, the other shows you mentioned “DA” beat them too. “OUAT” only had a 3.1, “60 minutes” a 1.4, “The Simpsons” a 4.4 and “POI” a 1.3. They didn’t include football/sporting events for obvious reasons but if you want to be technical you can say the playoff games beat it but it’s comparing apples and oranges.

  • Oliver


    I wasn’t aware the BCS Championship Game was airing tonight. That explains it.

  • K

    LOL @ OUAT and Revenge

    Now that the fairy tale folks have their memories, there really is not much drama anymore.

    Revenge, same concept, only difference is who cares if she gets her “revenge”, another show that is running on fumes.

  • alvar

    disappointed about Happy Endings and Apartment 23, but at least ABC has given it a shot in another timeslot. They obviously can’t sustain their own audiences without a Modern Family lead in.

  • Nick

    Nice for The Biggest Loser. It actually did really good, consifering its lead-in. Maybe it made a smart move in brining Jillian Michaels back.

    Once Upon a Time seems immune to 8:15 football games, but not overruns. Hmm. I just hope that 3.1 can eventually go up again. Remember, though, it has a strong chance of adjusting up today.

    I seriously hope low 2s are not Revenge’s new normal.

    ABC comedies did surprisingly well. Not as bad as I thought.

    Nice bump for the Mentalist.

  • Ultima

    They weren’t talking about the # of viewers, they were talking about the demo for the 9-11 PM time slots. “DA” had a 5.1! “The Mentalist” only had a 2.1 and “The Good Wife” only had a 1.8.

    Household ratings and adults 18-49 ratings are NOT the same thing.

    Downton Abbey had nowhere near a 5.1 A18-49 rating.

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