TV Ratings Sunday: 'Golden Globes' Up From Last Year, 'Once Upon a Time' Falls + 'Happy Endings', 'Revenge' & 'Don't Trust the B' Hit Lows (UPDATED)

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January 14th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.7/11 4.6/11 2.1/5 1.8/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.0/11 3.6/10 2.5/7 1.5/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 14.782 16.787 4.180 5.593 2.351


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS and NBC (NFL Football Overrun & Golden Globes) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.


On NBC, The Golden Globes earned a 5.4,up four tenths from last year's 5.0 adults 18-49 rating Update: We received the time zone adjusted Fast Nationals (which should be pretty close to the finals) and The Golden Globes earned a 6.4 adults 18-49 rating in from 8-11:02PM and attracted 19.68 viewers . Earlier in the night, the Golden Globes red carpet special earned a 2.5adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, The Cleveland Show  was even with the 1.4 its last original earned. Simpsons  earned a 2.4, down almost two full ratings points from last week's football inflated 4.2. Bob’s Burgers garnered a 2.3, down eight tenths from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.   Family Guy scored a 3.1, down half a ratings point from last week's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. American Dad notched a 2.4, down four tenths from last week's 2.8 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, Once Upon a Time earned a 2.8, down three tenths from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimisticRevenge scored a season low-tying 2.0, down four tenths  from last week's 2.4. Happy Endings also tied its season low, matching Sunday's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and down four tenths from a 1.4 on Tuesday. Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 earned a series low 0.8, down a tenths from both last Sunday's 0.9 and from Tuesday's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the beginning of primetime was delayed by 67min due to a football overrun.  60 Minutes earned a 3.7, up from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating . The Good Wife scored a season-high 1.9, up a tenth from last week's 1.8. However, because of late-running football, this number may change. The Mentalist earned a 2.0, down a tenth after last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, January 13, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS Football Overrun 10.8 27 31.89
NBC 2013 Golden Globes Red Carpet Special 2.5 6 9.94
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4 3 6.15
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 0.9 2 2.11
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 1.4 3 2.73
8:00 PM NBC Golden Globe Awards (8-11PM)                     6.4  13  19.68
CBS 60 Minutes 3.7 9 14.84
ABC Once Upon a Time 2.8 7 8.15
FOX The Simpsons 2.4 6 5.06
8:30 PM FOX Bob's Burgers 2.3 5 4.45
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 3.1 7 5.94
ABC Revenge 2.0 4 6.08
CBS The Good Wife 1.9 4 10.00
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.4 5 4.78
10:00 PM CBS The Mentalist 2.0 5 10.42
ABC Happy Endings 1.0 2 2.22
10:30PM ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 0.8 2 1.75

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • gerry

    powerhouse numbers for the globes. but anyone who thinks that the globes are better than the oscars (not talking hosts here) doesn’t know how the awards work. globes are picked by the hollywood foreign press, a group of like 14 or so oldheads. oscars are voted in by the winners in their respective categories and are the superbowl of awards season. but because they have often been a precursor to who wins the oscar, the globes and sags have kind of become the ‘playoff’s in the awards world.

    max is a fool. but more foolish are all the people that keep posting about him. if everyone just ignored him he would post his annoying post and just leave. stop giving him what he wants, people.

  • SuzyQ

    @Ultima – Thank you for explaining the PBS thing.

  • SuzyQ

    @gerry – In terms of viewing entertainment for fans, I think the GG are definitely “better” than the Academy Awards because it’s fun to see personalities from many different segments mingle, try to sit & talk during commercial breaks, drink & eat, then run back as the awards start up again. It’s much more dynamic than the AA, where people just sit in a row and stare at a stage. I could have sworn that I saw Lorne Michaels from SNL standing & talking to Daniel Day Lewis. That is so cool!

  • Anon

    @ Valentine

    The difference between the San Francisco-Oak-San Jose and Atlanta Markets are not that great. Both are top 10.

    If you throw in Washington DC for the Ravens, all the remaining 4 markets are top 10.

    Rank Designated Market Area (DMA) TV Homes % of US

    6 San Francisco-Oak-San Jose 2,502,030 2.191
    7 Boston (Manchester) 2,366,690 2.073
    8 Washington, DC (Hagrstwn) 2,359,160 2.066
    9 Atlanta 2,326,840 2.038

  • daine56

    the abc execs are in tears crying

  • rob60990

    Despite SHIELD being on a female oriented network, it will certainly be sampled. This show is either going Thursday at 8 or Sunday at 9.

  • Jest

    Max is what is known as a “gimmick poster”. He “gimmick”, “character” or whatever you want to call it is to pretend to be someone who hates Revenge for the sake of being able to continue doing what he does and say the same repetitive thing every week. People feed into it so he keeps it going like clockwork.

  • JR35

    Not bad for Once- especially against those Globe ratings.

  • Kaylie

    Go Family Guy!!!

  • steve burton

    The Good Wife and The Mentalist held up okay against all that competition, but it appears there won’t be much in the way of new episodes over the next month or so. That has to hurt any program, or programs, put into slots where they will be competing with major sporting events, the Globes and the Oscars. I hope both of the programs can survive to air another season, but the upcoming six weeks is not going to be kind to their chances.

  • Bern

    Why the Revenge v. Scandal thing positive that BOTH shows are going to get renewed. Maybe ABC will movie Scandal to Sundays to be with Revenge.

  • Jacob

    How is Apartment 23 still on! Those are horrible ratings!

  • JC

    Once did good considering its competition. Last night’s episode was great. S2 got off to a rocky start, but it’s getting back on track. I love Revenge, but IDK what’s happening to the show. It’s a mess right now. Aiden, the Initiative/Helen Crowley, the whole storyline with the Porters — too convoluted. They need to get back to the basics: Emily, her revenge, and the Graysons.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Sunday is best abc day. And that is most buzz abc show that is why i put it there. If abc advertise it heavy and they can do that will work for them. After avengers success think they will be very aggressive here and if some male show can be hit on that network will be that.

  • Bee

    OMG 6.4 for the globes? AMAZING for tina fey and amy poehler! hopefully they host again next year cus they were incredible.

    and given the huge numbers, 2.8 and 2.0 for OUAT and revenge don’t seem all that bad now lol

  • joel

    What’s impressive is Bob’s Burgers 96% retention out of The Simpsons.

  • Networkman

    @Big Brother Fan, I do feel last night’s episode of Revenge was its weakest. I have always supported Revenge and will continue to do so. Emily Van Camp and Madeline Stowe are strong actresses. I had a real problem with the return of Ashley. I think the producers should not be afraid to cut characters that no longer serve any purpose to the main concept. The show centers around Emily. I do felt like last night’s episode had too many distraction and it is basically pushing Emily down to simply a supporting player. I know it will be hard for her to be in every scene. But when showing the other characters, their dialogue should be center around the main concept to help push Emily’s story forward. If there is going to be a another plot such as with the Porters make sure it is tied back to Emily’s past. I don’t mind the initiative because Emily is still center in that storyline. But Ashley did not really need to return.

  • Networkman

    Shield should go to Sunday @9pm. I feel Once Upon a Time does fine. But it is going to need a show around it that could pull in a larger amount of viewers. Once demo’s are good but it still has opportunity to grow. With the addition of Shield as anchor on Sunday night, hopefully that will help these establish shows see increases/gains.

    8pm Once Upon A Time
    9pm Shield
    10pm Revenge

    By the way, Once Upon A Time had a really strong episode last night. Robert Carlyle gave an extrodinary performance. He really needs to be consider come Emmy time.

  • SarahL


    Agree about Robert Carlyle. He is one of the best actors on tv at the moment and deserves recognition for his outstanding performances.

  • Anon

    @ Jacob

    Apt. 23 is obviously being burned off. Those of us who watch it can see that the episodes are being aired out of sequence.

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