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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  • Reven8ger

    I think maybe Revenge should return to Wednesday at 10.
    Nashville will certainly be canceled, if not, it can move to Sunday at 10.

  • Alan

    Come on Revenge, get your sh*t together! Well it’s up from the mid-season finale, but it should be at least 2.6. Hope it gets adjusted up…

  • Emma

    I thought Revenge returned next week and would have missed it if my dvr didn’t pick it up. I love both Revenge and Scandal and am just plain confused why anyone is pitting the shows against each other.

    Bye bye to Happy Endings and Apt 23 on Sundays – AWFUL showing. The shows don’t seem able to find an audience.

  • Luke

    Sucks that Happy Endings and Apt 23 aren’t doing better. Those shows are really funny.

  • Joseph

    Starting next year, it is my understanding that NBC will only carry one NFL wild-card playoff game instead of two, but will gain an NFL divisional playoff game.

    It is also my understanding that both of NBC’s playoff games next year will be on Sunday nights to keep continuity with Sunday-night games during the regular-season. However, I would think that the Sunday-night wild-card and divisional playoff games on NBC will probably start at 6:35 P.M. EST instead of the usual regular-season Sunday-night start of 8:30 EDT/EST.

    That will mean two more Sunday nights where the NFL will dominate prime-time.

  • Big Tim

    Wow! Total audience 34M for Skins-Seahawks. This was a wildcard game, not the superbowl. NFL football is a beast.

  • Greg

    I tried watching Once Upon A Time last night as I love fantasy…but it was too confusing and the writing is really bad, IMO. Special effects are cool though. I’ll give it that.

  • Amy

    Did OUAT drop in the second half? The beginning made it seem like it was going to be a Hook episode, but it wasn’t.

  • mbmd

    @Petar Ivanov
    ABC you know it – you are crap.

    Please stop fooling your self ABC is in better position than NBC TBL will drop as usual

  • frodo

    Yeah Happy Endings and Apartment 23 are very good shows, sadly most people prefer to watch Go On, New Normal or other such unfunny shows.

  • Fakeem

    Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM
    Sucks that Happy Endings and Apt 23 aren’t doing better. Those shows are really funny.

    NOT!!!! I finally tried to watch those 2 shows. How could they stay on the air this long. I’d rather watch “Yule Log”.

  • CrimTV


    No, OUAT was steady for both half hours with a 3.1 in each, and even increased in viewers for the second half (from 8.98 to 9.09)

  • Glue


    Yeah, a 3.0 in the NEXT future, I.E not in this lifetime :P

  • Ginger

    I had no idea that Happy Ending and Apartment 23 were back.

  • Wendy

    Objectively speaking, as I have never seen an episode of either Happy Endings nor Apt. 23, it doesn’t seem like they will be renewed. I think Sunday airings was the final experiment, with the thinking that the crowded Tuesday comedy landscape was the problem. Which it obviously wasn’t, looking at these numbers. They appear to be niche shows, with a small devoted audience. But not enough to be sustained on a network like ABC. Maybe TBS could take them, as it did for Cougar Town.

  • Lunsford Henry

    Happy that ONCE made it steady,without hitting low in ratings….

  • Ruan

    ANIMATION DOMINATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Billy

    The Mentalist is stronger than The Good Wife. I hope CBS remembers this on renewal time.

    The Biggest Loser did well.

    ABC not so great.

  • jimmers

    Happy Endings is a gem! I hate you ABC…

  • Andrew

    It is a shame. Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 is such a funny show. ABC shafted it putting it on Tuesdays.
    They should have left it after Modern Family.

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