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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  • eridapo

    @ Bigbrotherfan

    Yes … The guys at ABC have no clue with regards to schedule. They have ceded Tuesday Night and Thursday’s at 8PM. Their Monday nights too are a cause for concern with DWTS and The Bachelor. Both of these shows are still doing somewhat okay, but time is catching up to them fast. I can not see those two shows lasting another iteration. Sure they are cheap to produce, but they eventually do not do anything to attract new viewers. ABC needs to build a MUST see night like NBC did with the Voice on Mondays. NBC used the Voice to launch and to promote new shows, and it gave the network an opening with a much younger demo to redefine its brand. The Bachelor and DWTS will continue to solidify the view by many that ABC is a “female only” net and anyone with a “Y Chromosome” should stay away from…. To me this only hurts ABC in the long run because shows like SHIELD will not get the sampling ABC needs…

    I said in an earlier post that ABC needs to place SHIELD on Tuesdays. I will like to add that it needs to make Tuesday nights “Guys Nite at ABC”. Use that night to relaunch the network brand, or it could use that night to go after the young crowd who cares little about celebrities dancing or psycho girls looking for a husband.

  • Bigbrotherfan


    I agree with most of what you said. They are depending a bit too much on these dying reality shows. I was 14 when the batcholer premired in 2002! The ratings are marginal at best. I don’t see this lasting much more cycles either. Dancing with the stars is turning into a dark mark on their schedule and I’m 100% convinced this impacted happy endings, that and competition.

    I can’t help but recall that no ordinary family aired on Tuesdays though. Even though pretty different than one another(shield and No ordinary family) they do share similarities. If revenge keeps downward trend up I can see it taking 9pm(shield) Sunday revenge to 10pm where it will last one more season. Sydincation or not. It will be gone after or halfway through season 3.

  • Lukes

    I also really don’t get this Revenge vs. Scandal stuff, but what can I say, suit yourself…

    Besides, there’s never to gloat/panic about: fluctuations like these are not terribly exceptional and it is surely not a coincidence that OUAT fell 3/10 and Revenge, which is just after it, 4/10.

  • Ultima

    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

    I don’t disagree with your overall point, but just nitpicking…

    From February through May 2010, when both shows were airing, Lost averaged a 4.5 to Grey’s Anatomy’s 4.2 and beat it every single week (except for one when Lost was a repeat).

  • Networkman

    Another option for ABC next season would be to have The Bachelor facing the award shows on Sunday night. In order to do this, they would have to move the declining DWTS to Sunday in the Fall. I feel it would be great counterprogramming to Football and help the network’s scripted programs maintain consistency throughout the season.

    7pm AFHV
    8pm DWTS (Midseason:The Bachelor)
    10pm 20/20

    8pm DWTS:results
    9pm Nashville
    10pm *New Show (The Lisa Jones Club)

    8pm Once Upon A Time
    9pm *New Show (Shield)
    10pm * New Show (Coup)

    8pm The Middle
    8:30pm The Neighbors
    9pm Modern Family
    9:30pm *Now What? with Jane Fonda
    10pm Revenge

    8pm Shark Tank
    9pm Grey’s Anatomy
    10pm Scandal

    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 Reba
    9pm *Super Fun Night
    9:30pm Suburgatory
    10pm Castle

  • omabin


    If you don’t mind me asking, how do you always have access to all the past seasons episode demos? Is there a website you use or something? I would like to have access to all that. Thanks.

  • Cory


    Go to spottedratings.com and there you’ll find demos for shows that are still on air.

  • omabin

    In theory, I agree a lot with making Tuesdays a make skewing night with Shield there. The problem? The same as always for that night, which is the damn dwts results night. It breaks all and any consistency the night could have in terms of genres and flow. As long as it says there, shows like V, Shield or the comedies they have there this year can never work on that night. So either they cancel the damn thing already and just announce the results on a break or whatever (yeah yeah, it is not the format of the show, but those things can be changed) or they stick with it but they aim for old-skewing female programing. What they had last fall was on the later direction and i thought it was okay… NBC and FOX are going for the young crowd and although the NCIS are a power duo, i thought they had a good thing going with LMS/Man Up/DWTS/Bop. Obviously, Man Up flopped, which made the whole night break, but i think inserting something like reba in the 8h30 hour could potentially solve the problem. Then of course bop was not very strong and dwts started having huge declines. So it had problems, but at least it was consistent. This year, it is all over the place because they start with DWTS, break the flow completely by going to something that aims at a totally differnt audience with the comedies (thus providing it with no useful lead-in whatsoever) and then go back to dwts audience with pp, although that audience is long gone by then. A total mess… I am not saying they should go back to the old skewing audience again. I am just saying they have to make up their minds. They cannot want a male skewing night and just keep having dwts there, it is just wrong. Ideally, either they go all old-skewing on that night or they cancel dwts or move it. I actually think it would be a very good option for the thursdays at 8. It’s cheap, fits well with grey’s, and despite the declines, i think it would help up better than anything else abc can find there. The problem is that from monday to thursday is a long time. A suggestion would be to move dwts to tuesdays (which would also shield it from the voice) and then use mondays to do the male night thing. This would require a lot of shifting around, i know, but i think it could work. Something like this:

    8h Shark Tank
    9h Shield (New Drama)
    10h New Drama

    8h DWTS
    9h DWTS
    10h Body of Proof

    8h Middle
    8h30 Suburgatory
    9h Modern Family
    9h30 New Comedy
    10h Nashville, if it survives

    8h DWTS Results
    9h Grey’s Anatomy
    10h Scandal

    8h LMS
    8H30 Neighbours
    9h Malibu Country
    9h30 New Comedy
    10h 20/20

    8h Once Upon a Time
    9h Revenge
    10h Castle

    Some thoughts:
    – i have been arguing for a scandal move to the post-revenge timeslot for a while now, but if it keeps growing like this, it might as well be left on thursdays to take over the night in a year or two when grey’s inevitable has to retire (it is still going strong for now though)
    – nashville could be moved to sundays instead of castle but that would be one extra move to promote and i am not sure that facing csi would be all that better than facing the mentalist if the later even survives the season. As for it going to tuesdays instead of bop, if bop is renewed i think it needs the dwts company more than castle at this point. if bop is a goner and abc launches another new drama, then castle could take the tuesday spot and a new drama could be launched on sundays.
    -i am not necessarily over the moon with the schedule i have there for the make skewing monday night but it should be something along those lines. the only big problem is if the following hits, because then we would be asking this new show to take on the cbs comedies, the voice and the following. still, i think it’s their best bet and they need to bet hard now.
    – i agree with others have suggested concerning a winter hiatus for the sunday shows replaced by cheap reality filler. i really don’t see the problem with that. accounting for the general declines after dst last year, revenge came back strong after its long hiatus
    – this schedule would have a lot of moves to promote, so i would stick with not many new shows for the fall (order more midseason replacements if you must), meaning bubble shows like nashville or bop should get more leeway

  • Skylar James

    ABC loves to screw up its shows, they did it last year with GCB…

  • Melissa


    My problem with Petar is that he is delusional, and tries to make Person of Interest sound like some big hit that it’s not, all the while attacking Grey’s Anatomy, which is clearly the more successful of the two series.


    My mistake; but I think Grey’s Anatomy did have a 4.8 average for its sixth season.

  • Cory

    Here is 2009-10 demo


    GA – 4.82
    Lost – 4.49

  • Melissa


    Thanks, that’s what I had thought the demos were.

  • Brenda

    I’m sorry but I don’t know what is more obnoxious, max makes a couple predictable comments about Scandal VS Revenge and oh about 30 more people make comments about his comment sometimes bashing Scandal in the process.

    I don’t know what makes those comments any different from Max. Im a fan fo both but Revenge has not been the same writing wise, its no longer must see tv for me though Im still watching.

    But I just don’t understand why people take his comments that much more seriously then other people who gloat about other shows. maybe Max wont be gloating so much if he didnt know he was getting a reaction from like the entire darn board.

  • omabin


    Thanks. I am aware of that but I would like to find information on the demos for older shows that have already ended or have been canceled, such as Lost for example. Ultima seems to have all that information from her comments.

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