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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  • Jt

    I don’t think Revenge is running on fumes.

  • Nick


    The 5.1 for Downton Abbey was the household rating, not A18-49.

  • Amy

    I have a few issues with Revenge this season. One problem is there are too many separate storylines that don’t seem to be connected. Also that Aidan guy needs to leave. Emily hasn’t really done much to avenge her father this season. They need more interaction between her and Daniel too.

  • Grey

    @ Ultima

    Here’s the quote: (Nielsen Fast National data, 5.1 household rating.)

    And here’s the article: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/01/07/premiere-episode-of-downton-abbey-season-three-quadruples-average-pbs-primetime-rating/164283/

    Go read it for yourself!

  • Grey

    @ Ultima

    And here’s the TVGuide article:

    I keep telling myself not to bother with you people and I’ve got to learn to listen.

  • Ultima

    Here’s the quote: (Nielsen Fast National data, 5.1 household rating.)

    That’s exactly my point! You’re comparing Downton Abbey’s household rating to the other shows’ A18-49 ratings…

    Downton Abbey’s A18-49 rating is likely in the low 1s, below most everything on the big four broadcast networks last night.

  • spencer

    I think that ABC should move HE and APT23 at 10 and 1030 on Wednesday and move Nashville to what i think is a more compatible with revenge. OR since i’d rather save HE than APT23(i like both shows but…) they could put HE back at it’s post-modern family slot, move suburgatory back to 8:30 and move the neightboors and APT23 on tuesdays.

  • Oliver


    I agree, but ABC wants to use Revenge to launch Red Widow and it looks like they’ve given up on their Tuesday comedies. A shame, but I don’t blame them.

  • Networkman

    ABC may not have seen immediate results last night for its comedies. But hopefully some new viewers were introduced to the shows and they both will see a nice little gain come Tuesday night. That is all the network can hope for at this time. I still wish Happy Endings were on FOX airing after New Girl. Those two shows would compliment each other.

    NBC has to be thrilled with the results from The Biggest Loser. This is the right time of the season to show this reality show with many people being concerned about weight loss. I feel one cycle per year helped this show come back stronger. ABC’s Bachelor is going to have some stiff competition from The Biggest Loser.

  • Fonzie

    REVENGE jumped the shark!

  • Holly


    There seems to be some confusion about what the different ratings mean.

    Household ratings are rarely reported on this site. They are the percentage of total households watching a show. The 18-49 demo reported here is the percentage of the total population of viewers 18-49 who were watching the show. It is measuring something different than the household rating and the two cannot be equated.

  • Cass rowlwland

    Revenge is doing fine 2.4 is not bad

  • William

    Good idea Petar. When Jillian goes, “The Biggest Loser” goes. It will be interesting how it does Monday against the BCS Championship.

  • SarahL

    The time slot is not Revenge’s problem, the real problem is that the concept of the show is very limiting. From the first episode, I could not see how they could make a multi-season series from should a limited concept. How many people can Amanda possible get vengeance on? It was always going to get old quickly.

  • InsideStraight

    “Republic of Doyle was excellent last night.”


  • Anthony

    Where are the Sunday Cable Ratings?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Where are the Sunday Cable Ratings?”

    They’ll be posted Tuesday morning.

  • Anthony

    @Bill: Does it usually take that long to get cable ratings on weekends?

  • Networkman

    I don’t feel the concept of Revenge is limiting. It doesn’t have to be just about Amanda getting revenge on others. The show is able to introduce supporting players and reveal their need to enact revenge on people that have wronged them. Also, I like that there is character development and that there is more of a mystery/ conspiracy within this show. It makes the show more intriguing then it would be if viewers were just left to define the Graysons as villians.

  • scifi

    So they replaced 666 with flops? Something never changes…

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