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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  • Al

    Revenge is big flop for ABC on sunday, this numbers suck.

  • Dan

    Good job Mentalist building on The Good Wife, and unless both shows get renewed I bet CBS still renewed the lower rated TGW over Mentalist

  • Petar Ivanov

    i mean TBL sorry.

  • rob60990

    “Max (a.k.a Rob)

    You aren’t fooling anyone”

    LMAO, apparently you don’t post here often.

  • CrimTV


    Revenge is not a big flop!

  • CBSviewer

    Go The Simpsons :)

  • Austin Lauran

    Which is more annoying?

    A: A poster bashing a soap opera they don’t care about

    B: Posters responding to them & saying they should get a life, be banned from the website, etc.

    C: Both A&B

  • The Cool Max

    Great night for FOX!

  • Steve

    ABC was foolish to move Revenge from Wed at 10. They should have left it where it was and put Nashville in the Sunday 9pm slot. Or at least have put Scandal after Revenge on Sundays. Scandal doesn’t need or benefit from Grey’s lead in anymore so move it to Sunday. It’s audience will follow. It wouldnt help Revenge, but at least it’d shore up Sunday instead of the massive free fall at 10pm

  • TheFollowing

    I think the fox should air a single episode of New Girl (or any other comedies)after NFL. It would boost the show,

  • Shanna

    Max… Emily doesn’t give a *** about you… Revenge will go on

  • TimsDale4ever

    Sad for HE. Outstanding show — I can’t figure out why the young people are eating this show up. ???

  • gerry

    scandal and revenge have absolutely nothing to do with each other. i think they’re both great. revenge’s numbers are steady, but they do need to streamline things. and that’s a nice, stable number for the good wife as well.

  • alexis

    I guess with big numbers CBS got on Thursday, fans can’t use hiatus as an excuse.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    I’m glad no one here is commenting on the “big” Fox comedies. They are obviously inflated by football. No way in hell a new Simpsons episode gets a 4.4 rating on its own. I’d like to see how Family Guy does at 8pm after football.

  • Liam

    ONCE did alright. Didn’t drop in the demo (3.1 for 2×09) but a drop in viewers. I’m not worried, the show will recover. The boost the Simpsons got hurt Once.

    Revenge did well. Max, I don’t watch Scandal but I don’t go round bashing the show in any way, ratings or story line wise. Revenge returned down 0.1 in the demo, that’s still really good. And anyway, Revenge had the premiere of the Biggest looser to compete with. So there. Look at what a show has to compete with.

    And as for ABC 10pm, should have stuck with 666. 666 would have probably returned to a 1.2-1.3 (1.3 for 1×01).

  • Petar Ivanov

    Footbal really boost the simpsons.

  • Al


    2.3 so bad for 9.pm hour. ABC should move Revenge to 10.

  • John A

    Bad episode of Revenge. Not surprised it did bad.

  • The Cool Max

    @ Sara> Typo American Dad, not American Guy

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