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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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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  • DougF

    Happy Endings was an episode that has been floating around the internet for the last 8 months and anyone that has the season 2 DVD has seen it

  • mmel

    Max you know I am a fan of Scandal, so for goodness’ sake just stop.

  • Bookworm


    Scandal premiered at a 2.1, dropped only .2 to a 1.9 twice in its 10 episodes. Castle and Nashville were hitting below that number over 3 times already (other 10pm shows). Revenge premiered above a 3.0 (3.2 I think) and 10 episodes in, already hitting a roughly 1.0 below the season premiere.
    Scandal also gained on average .5 in the demo and a million viewers in the past 5 episodes while Revenge, before the Globes, has seen already seen a roughly 2 million drop in viewers and a steep drop in the rating.

    So we really can’t compare Scandals low, only .2 difference, to Revenges low when Scandals low was only a 10 percent drop from its premiere (all happened within 4 episodes) and Revenges low is a 38% drop from its premiere. Scandal might not be the higher rated show, changing however, but it is far more stable and definitely one of the better rated 10pm shows right now.

    We can claim the Globes was the problem and I will give it that this week but I don’t see Revenge hitting a 2.5 or over anytime soon.


    I agree with the Award show thing but Revenge had already hit a season low of 2.1 a while ago so I don’t see how the award show was the blame much for a low rating when it had already hit a low rating (not far from the current one). Plus, Revenge has been losing in the demo and viewers for a few episodes now. It has been up and down in the demo but losing in viewers. The Winter return did not gain any new viewers from the Fall Finale but instead actually lost some. I don’t have anything against Revenge but lets not act like the show is some hit.

  • Ultima

    @senor chang
    What do you GAIN from bashing a show that’s going to get renewed anyway every week?

    He’s probably amused by all of the people who simply can’t resist responding to him every single time he does it. :)

  • Ron

    Ouat poor rating against 60 minutes was a big surprise. Revenge is one of abc best shows. ratings will improve for revenge.

  • Lewis

    LOL AT MAX… SCANDAL HAS GOTTEN A 1.9 and he doesn’t say anything

    but Scandal competes with Elementary which has a 2.3 average


    Sorry Scandal. lol

  • Liam

    ONCE held up well, considering the competition and remained stead in the half hour breakdown. It will rise next week.

    Revenge did good. Not amazing but held up nicely. Don’t call it dead yet.

    Good Wife did really good. It rose against an awards show. I can see season 5 somewhere on the horizon.

    The ABC comedies, well a 666 would have probably pulled the same (1.0) and many would say it held up fine, considering how low the ratings were before Christmas.

  • DW

    the world isnt coming to an end because revenge hit a low. it will bounce back.

  • Petar Ivanov

    next week is afc championship on CBS buy the way. Just saying.

  • frodo

    Revenge is not a show that can bounce back, its a serialized drama, once it looses viewers there is no coming back and if you look at the promos and the marketing from ABC, you can see that its not getting the same support as it was last year. ABC seem to have given up on Revenge, even its promos this season have been awful, the weekly promos are making it look like some cheesy Desperate Housewives rip off.

  • Petar Ivanov

    edit – i mean by the way….

  • American

    If OUAT doesn’t adjust up, won’t 8.15 be a series low in viewers?

  • jT

    Go once upon a time!!

    The drop was in it’s range.

  • Bad Wolf


    Regarding The Good Wife vs Revenge : let’s wait for the final adjustments before sorting out the winner of this non-existent war ?
    Apparently, still no life for you since last week, but could you annoy someone else and leave The Good Wife alone ? Thanks !

    Nobody ever said The Good Wife was going to beat Revenge : these 2 shows don’t aim at the same public and one’s “victory” over the other doesn’t mean anything for their fate.

    Oh, and, could you please give a single reason for the people who watched 60 Minutes to also watch The Good Wife ? Is there a law or something about it that I missed ?

  • Rob R

    So the Good Wife is one-tenth away from tying “Revenge” in the 18-49 demo, while meanwhile attracting 4 million (!) more eyeballs in the Over 49 demo.

  • CC

    Both Revenge and Scandal are both going to be renewed. So who cares, Max?

  • Ron

    Next week Revenge will be facing the AFC championship on CBS and then the Grammys next month

  • Tia

    Yay Bob’s Burgers! It’s really growing this season. I think it’s one of its best ratings without the Football lead-in.

  • Ultima

    CBS have Grammys
    abc Oscars
    NBC golden globes
    and Emmys for all networks is that correct?

    CBS – Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, ACM Awards, People’s Choice Awards

    ABC – Academy Awards, CMA Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards

    NBC – Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards

    FOX – American Country Awards, Teen Choice Awards

    Rotating – Primetime Emmy Awards

    That’s most of them…

  • The Hafk

    Bob’s Burgers is doing a great job this season. Fox made the right call starting this show in the Fall this time around. Its audience keeps growing and can imagine it being able to hold its own in a few years.

    Last year’s spring season was quite bumpy and I’m glad to see that it hasn’t been the case so far here. (I know it already got renewed for a 4th production cycle of episodes, but good/great are certainly nice to see)

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