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

    “OUAT is not winning the night anymore. Not even its hour.”

    It would have easily won the hour if FOX had not been inflated with football overrun. It tied Bob’s Burgers at 8:30.

  • Bee

    ARE YOU KIDDING HAPPY ENDINGS! ughhhhhhhhhh let’s hope for better next week i guess? i’ve given up on apt. 23. i just want my HE to survive somehow.

    wish OUAT and revenge were doing better. can’t believe ABC is gonna air them against awards. here come low to mid 2.0s for OUAT and high 1.0s for revenge.

  • JoJo

    I’m really surprised that ABC is just throwing away there Sunday 10pm timeslot. ABC has two of its top rated series on Sundays yet there doing nothing to capitalize on it. HE and APT 23 are dead.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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.

    next sunday footbal is lead-out for 60 minutes and NBC will air Golden globe. Goot luck with that.

  • Data

    @John A: Okay, fair point. I didn’t realize that because I don’t see the half hours here on this page.

    Still, people use this argument a lot when it comes to explaining bad ratings and it almost never makes sense to me.

  • Julio

    Also at Revenge! I was a fan at the beginning but towards the last couple episodes of Season 1, I just gave up on it.. It got really boring imo and just dumb.. Idk I want to try to watch it this season but when I watched an episode during a TGW NFL overrun I almost fell asleep.. Plus TGW is on sane schedule so that is the very first priority.. So ya! Good luck Revenge fans!

  • John A

    The Mentalist should not be axed. I like TGW but CBS should axe it this year if its between the 2.

  • SarahL

    I am disappointed for Once Upon a Time.

  • PJM

    Idiots at ABC will probably use this to justify cancelling Happy Endings. Forget the fact nobody knew it would be on last night.

  • Jessie

    I think Once Upon A time returned exactly the way i expected and seriously i don`t consider a 3,1 in the demo as bad at all. It has a solid audience in my book.

  • Fynn

    Haha its American Dad! not American Guy!

  • Ram510

    I was expecting more for OUAT.

    I’m surprised te ABC comedies couldn’t even beat an episode of 666. And wow has Revenge lost steam. Even creatively this show lost its footing this year and it looks like people are tuning out

    NBC did a good job with Biggest Loser. Sont think it’ll hold up next week though

  • Julio

    Also The B in 23 is so funny! ABC is basically treating it like crap! The should move it with their Wed comedies or something! I think it probably the only comedy that’s funny in the network!

  • #1MentalistFan

    Pleased with TM’s ratings but I think it will have to do better to avoid cancellation.

  • BrieK

    The numbers for Revenge have nothing to do with the time slot and everything to do with the writing. I will be disappointed if Revenge is cancelled, but not surprised.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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…

    TBL is very stable show for NBC. Last season was again big winner when all nbc shows failed and collapse. Think the best way for this reality is to take sundays when footbal is over. 5 months for season are good number for that show. Now on Monday is too short season. And ratings are really good.

    Wednesdays is good idea too.

  • Max


    I will not be disappointed OR suprised if REVENGE is cancelled. It will be one less “non-hit” series on the air that gets promoted to death.


  • Tim

    Honestly, I don’t think there’s a chance TGW and TM will be cancelled. I think CBS will renew them both and keep them where they are. I mean, really, are other shows really going to do any better there?

    As for TM, good to see it up this week.

  • Greg

    Happy Endings did worse than 666 Park Avenue. That’s just sad. I’m not even mentioning Apartment 23 because that could not be more dead.

    The Biggest Loser surprisingly high. I guess absence does make the heart grow fonder. We’ll see how it performs on Mondays, but I guess it must stay on mid 2’s range.

  • SJ

    Damn, a 1.0 is a new series low for Happy Endings. And 2.57 million viewers is also a new series low in total viewers. Why aren’t people connecting with this show? It’s easily the funniest sitcom on the air right now. And last night’s episode was the best of the season so far. I really hope some cable network swoops in and saves it because it’s hard to imagine ABC renewing it at this point.

    I wouldn’t read that much into Revenge’s half-hour numbers. It’s not the first time it dropped at the half hour and it probably has some Once Upon a Time overrun in there. Plus, it’s lead-out isn’t helping matters any. I really thought Happy Endings and Apartment 23 would perk up at 10pm or at the very least do better than 666 Park…

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