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.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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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  • Ruan

    What a great night for FOX. “The Cleveland Show” being the only exception, as usual. I’m pretty sure it will be canceled.

    But the point is that “The Simpsons” managed to get decent ratings even with the horrible lead-in. “Bob’s Burgers” lost only a single tenth of the audience, while “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” beat all scripted competition. Sundays are probably FOX’s most steady, solid nights when it comes to ratings.

    However, they have GOT to do something with “The Cleveland Show”. My guess is it will be replaced by “Murder Police” next season. FOX already ordered 13 episodes.

  • Nick

    All these awards ruined ABC’s momentum last year too. Maybe they should take January off.

    Also, no more Revenge. Move it to Thursdays or Tuesdays, and put Sheild on Sundays. What ABC should do next year:

    September 29:
    8: Dancing With the Stars 3-day premiere
    10: Castle

    8: Fall Wipeout
    9: Celebrity Wife Swap
    10: Castle

    8: Once Upon a Time
    9: SHEILD
    10: Castle

    8: Winter Wipeout
    9: Extreme Makeover Holiday Edition
    10: Celebrity Wife Swap

    8: OUAT
    9: SHEILD
    10: Castle
    They don’t get thrown around by awards, and no repeats! A win-win.

  • Petar Ivanov

    SHEILD won’t be at 9 pm vs male hbo showtime dramas and twd.

    will be lead in in sundays or won’t be on sunday. ouat is female/family and is droping fast and need lead in.

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov

    yep. But that is all they have, If SHIELD flop abc are dead. Greys will be at good wife levels and MF will be only strong show they have.

    You’re a delusional joke. Grey’s Anatomy is averaging a 3.3, got a 3.2 last week, and opened the season with a 4.4. The show’s yearly drops have not been that large in recent seasons, and there’s no way it will be averaging The Good Wife‘s 1.7 next year. The show’s been on the air for 9 years, and it’s never even hit a 2.7 (but your ol’ friend Person of Interest managed to dip that low before even finishing two full seasons!).

  • Hugh

    Wow, awards shows are up this year

  • Melissa


    Wow, awards shows are up this year

    Yup, except the American Music Awards and Country Music Awards! It’s also unlikely that the Grammy Awards will be up; last year it got a monster Whitney-inflated 14.1. So far, I think the Golden Globe Awards are the biggest standout – jumping from a 5.0 to a 6.4 is huge!

  • Petar Ivanov


    Its pathetic how always go to the past. And Greys will never be on LOST levels – Emmy award nominated for outstanding drama every single season, top 10 drama of all time(and no its not my opinion its critics opinion) and what? i don’t repeat that every single day. Grey will die like stupid soap and its not POI fault, its abc. If was not POI will be other show that will beat Greys is aging and old. Great shows(like LOST and FRIENDS) know when to stop. When you are out if ideas better stop not go for more seasons just for the money.

  • alffan

    ABC hasn’t learned. What they should is run another serialized show.

    Run 10 episodes from Sept-Dec 15

    Then pre-empt until the week after the Oscars which is around March 1 and run uninteruppted. That’s an 9-10 week hiatus.

    They have 2 weeks of Xmas, awards shows, etc.

    And, during those weeks you also have tons of NFL overrun on Fox and CBS that just hammer you.

    They should come up with limited run reality programs for that slot (or maybe they do Shark Tank, Wipeout, and a Sunday 10pm edition of 20/20).

    Something cheap, that gets them through award season.

    NBC may be on to something with this Revolution thing splitting into two seasons – we’re seeing cable make this work.

    The off and on with these style shows doesn’t work and they burn new episodes against sports, awards shows, special events.

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov

    Its pathetic how always go to the past. And Greys will never be on LOST levels – Emmy award nominated for outstanding drama every single season, top 10 drama of all time(and no its not my opinion its critics opinion) and what? i don’t repeat that every single day.

    I’ll try my best to translate your horrible English. To clarify, stating that the show notched a 4.4 for the premiere of its current season is not “go[ing] to the past”. Also, what does Lost have to do with anything? You bring up random tangents when you have no reasonable arguments. It was not nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series every season – only 4 times; please get your facts correct.

    Grey will die like stupid soap and its not POI fault, its abc.

    I know you like to tell yourself that Grey’s Anatomy is a “stupid soap”, but it is actually one of the highest-rated dramas on television that has earned buckets of prestigious awards.

    If was not POI will be other show that will beat Greys is aging and old.

    The fact that Grey’s Anatomy is old and is averaging a 3.3 makes it all the more impressive, actually. And please don’t try to create the false illusion that Person of Interest dominates Grey’s Anatomy, because you’re well aware that the latter show has won the hour each night this season, except for one airing.

    Great shows(like LOST and FRIENDS) know when to stop. When you are out if ideas better stop not go for more seasons just for the money.

    See, right before Lost ended with its sixth season finale, it was in the mid-high 3’s. Grey’s Anatomy, however, averaged nearly a 5.0 in its sixth season, and ended on a critics’ top-ten list. There was no reason for the show to stop, and even this season, it is the fifth-highest revenue earning scripted television series.

    Basically, the sooner you step into reality, the sooner you will stop making yourself look like a fool.

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov


    And Greys will never be on LOST levels

    You’re right, because Grey’s Anatomy is much more successful than Lost. If Lost was in its ninth season right now, it would not be pulling low 3’s like Grey’s Anatomy is. In addition, Lost‘s peak was nowhere near as huge as Grey’s Anatomy‘s.

  • 728huey

    I’m not sure what ABC can do about Sunday nights at least until March, since last night usually being a stretch of event programming on the big four networks and some cable channels. Last night was the Golden Globe Awards on NBC, but the next few primetime Sundays are loaded with special event programming.

    Jan. 20 – AFC Championship Game (CBS)
    Jan. 27 – NFL Pro Bowl (NBC), Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT/TBS)
    Feb. 3 – Super Bowl XLVII (CBS)
    Feb. 10 – Grammy Awards (CBS)
    Feb. 17 – NBA All-Star Game (TNT)
    Feb. 24 – Academy Awards (Oscars) (ABC) [Note: The Daytona 500 (FOX) also is scheduled to begin earlier that same day, but weather conditions could potentially delay it into prime time.]

    So all of the networks’ prime time schedules will be in flux during this period.

  • Nancy

    The Golden Globes were on. This was to be expected.
    OUAT still did well with total viewers.
    Revenge will probably do better next week.

  • Ted Craig


    The Pro Bowl is hardly a major event.

  • 728huey

    @Ted Craig

    Maybe not, but there are still a few football fans who will have withdrawal symptoms that will want to watch. Plus, I also listed the SAG Awards as well, so the combination could siphon off viewers from the other three broadcast networks.

  • joey

    @ Max

    Why are you so annoying? Do you not have a life?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    The Pro Bowl is hardly a major event.”

    The Pro Bowl won’t do SNF numbers, but it will probably still be higher rated than any other regular Sunday programming all season.

  • eridapo

    @ Melissa

    What is your deal with Petar. Most of the posters here now he is not from this country (he is Eastern European), and we don’t feel the need to point out his English skills. May I suggest you get over it since there are other posters on this site who are not from these shores…

  • Bigbrotherfan

    ABC really screwed happy endings over too! This is a quality comedy that really appeals to a lot of people! I bet you can relate to anyone of the characters….Alex…Dave…max and if not I’m sure you know one. I don’t think 20-somethings like me care to watch this on a Sunday at 10pm. No wonder the ratings are sad!

    The idiocy at abc always amazes me.

    “oh let’s take our serial drama that not doing so great but atleast seems to be steady and yank it off. Replace it with a show that has a snow balls chance in hell of return..a qualify comedy..air it twice a week in the worst possible timeslots and I’m sure its gonna do so much Sunday for us!”

    Wonderful! So you yank 666 even though people seem to be sticking with it to the end..and kill another great show further!

    Yeah! Makes so much sense!?

  • eridapo

    know not “now”

  • Brian

    Glad to see The Mentalist doing well considering the horrible lead in..Revenge is already Soooooo Tired!

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