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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  • AA

    LOL revenge is a hit international show now. Theres no need to worry. It will surely have full 4 seasons at least for syndication.

  • Maximillian

    Not ready to give up on Revenge. Most people havent watched TV the last month, I didn’t even know it was on last night (thought it started next week). Call it an excuse, but I am more curious about next weeks ratings then this weeks.

  • Maximillian

    @AA – you nailed it. It will get a third season (it is well above ABC’s very sad average ratings this moment), and a 3rd season = almost always guaranteed 4th season for stripped syndication. Besides, I can see many networks wanting to buy this show — Oxygen, Lifetime, Logo, Style Network, etc.

  • Rebecca

    OUAT was okay, but I’m looking forward to next week’s episode more (looks good). I’m prepared to bid farewell to HE and A23 at the end of this season…not expecting them to come back. Maybe ABC has other plans for their Tuesday time slots in the future, could be why they’re apparently being burned off. Looking forward to tonight’s Castle.

  • Brian

    So happy The Mentalist is up , given it’s horrible new time slot..so nice, how after 5 seasons of being such a huge hit for the Idiots on CBS , they throw it under the bus, just to give that stupid Elementary a place on the schedule ….Hopefully Mentalist will keep on growing!

  • GG

    Btw, for Scandal fans who are lol’ing at revenge. Didn’t Scandal drop from 2.8 demo to 2.4 demo in just one night? lol

  • GH

    Glad to see The Mentalist do better, but I gotta say, CBS’s time schedule is really killing this show.

  • lola

    DO NOT WANT SCANDAL airing on Sunday at 10pm
    Revenge is an awful lead in

    Emily Van Camp can’t act

  • Dan

    And the burnoff begins

  • HT

    The Good Wife does great with actual viewing figures, just not in the demo. Hope CBS keep it. It’s intelligent and gripping, well acted,well written.

  • mbmd

    No ONCE whyyyy?

  • frodo

    @ LOLA

    Well she is much better than anyone on Scandal, that show is full of terrible actors, Kerry Washington is the black Megan Fox, she should be doing commercials. Thank God for Henry Ian Cusick.

  • Michael

    I LOOOOOOOOVE Happy Endings and want it to survive more than anyone. That being said, I think it’s time to realize that the show only has an audience with a MODERN FAMILY lead in. No matter where else ABC puts it, it flops.

  • lola

    Henry ian Cusick was an ungrateful B! and he got fired
    Revenge is such a bad soap

  • Melanie

    Good to see the Mentalist up — with football ending the scrambled start times, I would hope to see it continue to do well. It will make it a bit more of a horse race to see what shows are renewed by CBS. Right now, I’d say Mentalist over TGW.

  • frodo

    If Revenge is a bad soap than Scandal is utter garbage, thank god Henry Ian Cusick is no longer on that show, I mean from LOST to Scandal that must be depressing!!!! He is far too good of an actor to be on a Shonda Rhimes reject show that was probably concieved while she was on the toilet!!!

  • DryedMangoez

    Good numbers for The Biggest Loser. I remember when it’d hold strong numbers against Idol on Tuesdays.

  • joy

    Max returns with return of revenge after hibernation with his big mouth and know-it-all attitude!!! Now i’m convinced that scandal doesn’t mean anything 2 u,u just want revenge’s demise.Sorry 2 say psycho,that ain’t gonna happen!!

  • frodo

    and by the way I really enjoy Revenge and it is a good show IMO but if I want a really top notch intelligent show than I also watch Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland but would never stoop as low as to watch Scandal that is drivel!

  • Grey

    I watched “Dowton Abbey” from 9-11PM. I’m wondering how PBS’s numbers will match up to all of this in the final numbers.

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