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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  • John A

    Even 666 Park Avenve would do better than those horrible so called comedies.

  • David Howell

    I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to be an unhappy ending for Happy Endings fans now.

    The NFL boost worked a charm for FOX’s entire night.

  • s0303

    i thought it was a mistake not to have 2 installments of the biggest loser…they should have put the show on a struggling wed in the fall…

    good-bye happy ending and apt 23 :(

  • Melissa


  • Liam

    Can someone post the half hours for Revenge, I would like to see them. And for Once and The Good Wife, if you have them. Thanks.

  • RM

    OUAT is not winning the night anymore. Not even its hour. Last night episode was pretty acceptable (except all the scenes with Morrison who I consider at this point the worst actress on television) but the season as a whole has been quite disappointing.

  • Data

    “Bad episode of Revenge. Not surprised it did bad.”

    I never get comments like these – I mean, can you unwatch an episode if you haven’t liked it?

    As for Happy Endings: Geez, I was hoping that Revenge could boost it a little since it’s a better fit as a lead-in for it than DWTS is – but I’m afraid this isn’t a good sign at all. What a shame.

  • Blake

    666 Park Avenue might have done a little better than those two comedies. I wonder if they’ll fall much further into the CW territory next week and the week after.

  • Patrice

    Revenge was more exciting than the last new showing. many might have been watching PBS, when DVR comes out Revenge will be a lot higher. (at least I hope,I love the show and also love Maggie smith but PBS is not marked in ratings.

  • Julio

    Haha at HE! I tried watching it yesterday and it is such a wannabe cougar town imo!! That’s what ABC gets! You treat an awesome show like Cougar Town like crap and keep a crappy show in its place! Haha! Cannot wait till premier tomorrow on TBS!! CT forever!! PLUS at least TBS gives an actual funny show some promotion!!

  • RyanCanada

    lol @ these people hating on happy Endings? really? yall as immature as Justin Beiber fans

  • Max


    You might not want to see the 1/2 hours for the low REVENGE. It dropped all the way to a 2.1 in he second half- which is a great indication of what the ratings could be next week. LOL.

    Everyone should be looking forward to the return of SCANDAL.

  • bazza

    Yay for Bob’s Burgers, if that rating sticks it will be the most watched episode since the pilot

  • Kavyn

    Can we have 666 back now? I love HE but I don’t want to wait until summer to watch the last 4 episodes…

  • SJ

    Everybody keeps talking about the half hours for Revenge, but I don’t see them. Would anyone like to post them?

  • Petar Ivanov

    cbs must find new show for 9 pm on sundays. Or try there survivor or h5o or elementary.

  • John A

    @Data Ah obviously people didnt like Revenge as it droped from 2.5 to a 2.1 in half hours.

  • kul65

    Go Mentalist! Same rating as the season premiere, now that’s a recovery! :D

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    Thanks @The Cool Max. I invented an imaginary Family Guy/ American Dad crossover. It’s fixed.

  • Liam


    Thanks didn’t know what kind of drop the show got in the half hour.

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