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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  • gerry

    @ billy

    i think they’ll likely remember that they own the good wife as well as any syndication monies they would recieve, whereas they’d receive zero from mentalist. and with the numbers so close, the other factors will weigh in. at least that’s what i’m counting on.

  • joss

    Hah Family Guy was awesome I absolutely enjoyed Breaking Bad joke… Once was odd

  • rob60990

    You have a better chance at seeing pigs flying than seeing Scandal pull a 3.0 ever. :D

  • Tony ^_^

    FOX’s animated shows will adjust down but hopefully this brings in new viewers to “Bob’s Burger’s” and the other shows…

    Hmmm… “Revenge”. The beginning of the season was really good but then it felt… Kind of boring… :/ I used to change the channel to ABC when “Family Guy” and “American Dad” were on commercial breaks but I haven’t done that recently… And I haven’t really bothered to watch the episodes I missed, online…

    Not surprised with “Happy Endings” and “Apartment 23″. First time I ever watched either of those shows.

    “Happy Endings” wasn’t that good… I felt as if they were trying too hard to be random, funny, and likable but failed to achieve either. Won’t be watching it again.

    As for “Apartment 23″, it was actually a decent and somewhat funny show. I will definitely watch it again, even if it does get canceled… :/

  • Josie

    And PBS beat all of them

  • RC

    I don’t understand why ABC didn’t leave Happy Endings at 10.30 on Wednesday. Back then, the numbers weren’t great, although a huge improvement over whatever crap aired before. I think they were best in the first year, with just enough randomness and an edgy feel to keep it interesting. At least one year later, they figured out it was not a match with the friendly family sitcoms…

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    Silly me thinking APT23 and HE would increase a bit their ratings :( even after cancellation 666 was getting slightly better ratings in the same slot. Definitely there’s no salvation for this 2 comedies, i hope ABC airs the 4 remaining episodes of 666 before summer.

  • Melissa

    Once Upon a Time steady at a 3.1 is great!

  • Melissa


    it is well above ABC’s very sad average ratings this moment

    ABC’s scripted rating average is a 2.2. That’s not “sad”, and in fact, it’s the second-highest scripted network rating for all five of the broadcast networks.

    #1. CBS – 2.6
    #2. ABC – 2.2
    #3. FOX – 1.9
    #4. NBC – 1.8
    #5. The CW – 0.7

  • Cass rowlwland

    Is revenge in danger of being cancelled

  • Fred

    If ABC knew how weak Revenge would be this season, they would have ordered another season of Desperate Housewives.

  • D

    Just because a show doesn’t get a lot of viewers doesn’t mean the show isn’t good.

  • Mike

    With ABC in reruns last week, not many people got to see promos for its Sunday night programming. That could be part of the reason they’re down this week.

  • David Howell

    Cass: essentially no risk of Revenge being canceled, even this 2.3 (a downturn from earlier in the season) is above the network’s scripted average this season. Unless it drops into the 1s, it is 100% safe.

  • Cj morton

    Yay the Mentalist!!

  • Rob R

    Downton Abbey had 7.9 million viewers, second only to The Good Wife/Mentalist combo.

  • beached

    Sorry NBC…no more football….

  • rob60990

    “If ABC knew how weak Revenge would be this season, they would have ordered another season of Desperate Housewives.”

    WRONG. ABC announced DH was ending before Revenge & Once Upon a Time even premiered. ABC had no clue what they would do on Sundays without DH when they decided the 8th season would be its last.

  • OERM

    ABC is just stupid.
    They cancelled good shows like GCB, and Private Practice.
    GCB had decent numbers on Sunday 10 pm.
    Private Practice should stay on Thursdays at 10 pm.
    Scandal go to Sundays after Revenge.
    And Nashville on Mondays after DWTS.

  • Evan

    I’ve never understood ABC cancelling GCB guess they didn’t see potential it could grow? I think Revenge is safe for this season BUT if its ratings don’t bounce back somewhat I’m nervous ABC will not care about Revenge next season and prob put it back on its Wednesday at 10 time slot. Revenge will be the next Fringe/Chuck for this website MARK MY WORDS!

    The Biggest Loser surprises me a lot too with its ratings. I guess its break from not being twice a year benefited TBL.

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