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TV Ratings Sunday (Updated): 'Once Upon A Time' & 'Revenge' Fall, Special 'Hawaii Five-0' Strong as Football Sacks the Competition

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January 21st, 2013

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX UNI NBC
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 11.9/29 1.7/4 1.6/4 0.9/2 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 10.2/28 1.2/3 1.7/5 0.8/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 34.545 5.929 3.349 2.310 2.436

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Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for CBS (NFL Football and Hawaii Five-0) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

On CBS, NFL Football: Ravens at Patriots scored a preliminary 14.6 adults 18-49 rating from 7-10PM. Update: A special episode of Hawaii Five-0 earned a Time-Zone Adjusted Fast National 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. This number is unlikely to change significantly in the finals. Check the finals, which probably will not be available until Wednesday this week due to the MLK holiday, for accurate football numbers.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down 7% from last week's 1.4. Once Upon A Time earned a season low 2.4, down 14% from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.  Revenge scored a season low 1.7 among adults 18-49 down 15% from last week’s 2.0.

 

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, January 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS NFL Playoffs: Ravens at Patriots (7-10PM) - Live 14.6/34 41.53
FOX Bob's Burgers - R 1.5/4 3.17
ABC Amerca's Funniest Home Videos 1.3/3 6.27
NBC The Biggest Loser - R (7-9PM) 0.7/2 2.18
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show - R 1.3/3 2.86
8:00 ABC  Once Upon A Time 2.4/6 7.71
FOX  The Simpsons - R 1.8/4 3.99
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers - R 1.5/3 3.22
9:00 ABC Revenge 1.7/4 5.71
FOX Family Guy - R 1.6/4 3.45
NBC The Biggest Loser - R (9-11PM) 1.0/2 2.68
9:30 FOX American Dad - R 1.6/4 3.40
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0
3.4/10 12.90
ABC Shark Tank - R 1.3/3 4.02

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 

Definitions:

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Bill – Is the 1.7 for Revenge also a series low? I feel like it is but maybe it scored lower earlier this season or last?”

    Based on my admittedly haphazard records yes. I have it hitting a 2.0 twice before, last week and once in May, 2012.

  • Dan

    @Bill – OK, I figured that It never dipped below a 2.0 or at least below a 1.8. I still doubt that it’s in danger.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Even thought a lot of commenters know that ratings have been declining each year, do you think that the 2007-2008 WGA Writers’ Strike accelerated the ratings decline?”

    It certainly did for that year, but after that year the general long term decline trend in broadcast primetime ratings resumed in later seasons.

    As Ultima noted, last season was better overall than the long term decline trend. This season started out worse than the typical decline, but I just checked and Fox’s calculation of the 5 biggest English networks combined 18-49 ratings has them declining by 8% which is in line with the 30 year decline trend of 5-10% per year.

  • Dan

    Overall while the year of the writers strike had some of the best shows, the strike messed up that season. Only a few shows survived the strike and the remaining dramas but have all since had short final seasons: Gossip Girl, Chuck, Private Practice.

    The only show that survived the strike until now however is now the highest rated comedy and scripted show on primetime. The Big Bang Theory.

    I think Kitchen Nightmares is the only other show still on the air from that season although it’s still on because its cheap to produce, it can be aired on Fridays, and FOX loves Gordon Ramsay.

  • AniMatsuri

    Programing OUAT & Revenge during football probally made sense since you’d think there wasn’t a lot of over lap. Obviously it didn’t turn out that way. As for why they are running those show against those big time awards shows, who knows?

  • The End

    On the bright side ABC won’t cancel Revenge based on these numbers alone. Absolutely nothing to worry about at the moment, unless it returns lower and starts a downward trend which I’m sure it won’t.

  • mark

    A three week hiatus for Revenge
    = three Monday’s free of Max’s incessant bitching!
    YESSSSSSSSS! There is a God!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Unfortunate for OUAT and Revenge, however there WAS an important football game on. So I wouldn’t read too much into the drop unless it continues over the next few weeks.

    Revenge was OK, with Padma being outed and Aidan going off the rails.

    The extra episode of Hawaii Five-0 was cool. I suspect Lindsay Price has been introduced as Chin Ho’s new romantic interest, which is great ’cause she’s smokin’ hot.

  • Hugh

    3.4 is pretty terrible coming out of a 14.6!

  • Ajgnd55

    I defiantly think OUAT will bounce back, but Revenge has seriously lost its touch lately. OUAT had a 2.4 which beat almost every other show on last night besides football. ABC would be stupid to cancel OUAT because they haven’t had a show this successful for a long time. OUAT still has a lot left to it.

  • Ultima

    @Austin Lauran
    Even thought a lot of commenters know that ratings have been declining each year, do you think that the 2007-2008 WGA Writers’ Strike accelerated the ratings decline?

    No. There have been two seasons since then that have been virtually flat in year-to-year declines for the big four networks, so it’s not as if the networks are losing viewers faster since the strike.

  • omabin

    When I complained last year about ABC’s long hiatus for Revenge, I complained as in “i love this show and I don’t like to say without it for this long”. I wasn’t really suggesting for ABC to do it otherwise.

    I think ABC could have easily aired 10 episodes in the fall (until until the 10th of december). Then, take january and february off. Start on March the 3rd. No more breaks until the 19th of May, straight running and straight momentum and the show is only off the air for two months. There is a difference between a 4 month hiatus like Revolution and a 2 month hiatus like Revenge Two month hiatus is acceptable. It’s a serialized show and it is just absurd to expect that viewers will simply come back as if nothing happened. I also think Once would be better off this way. Running a show for 12 straight weeks is a very powerful thing IMO.

  • bubs

    Again, is there any website I can go to in order to view the ratings without dealing with the childishness of this site?

  • Austin Lauran

    I know this is off topic, but does anybody think that ABC’s Thursday 8/7c PM timeslot is actually cursed or it’s just an excuse that people online use when a new ABC show gets cancelled before airing 13 episodes? I’d like to hear people’s opinions on this. Also, do you think the ABC execs will ever launch a hit show in that timeslot?

  • networkman

    Ok, I understood that Desperate Housewives was able to withstand Awards shows and Football due to the fact that it was a major blockbuster hit. Revenge was not a ratings powerhouse to begin with so the network has to realize that they cannot schedule originals against these specials as they did with Desperate Housewives. They are starting to ruin their new shows that had potential to be midlevel performers for years to come. I really think next year, DWTS should be moved to Sunday.

    Regarding CBS, IMO, Hawaii Five-O performance was disappointing. Having this Championship game as a lead in with close to 42 million people watching and it is only able to garner close to 13 million. It didn’t even pull in as many viewers as Person of Interest does on a weekly basis.Also I would of expected it to get at least a 5.0 demo. Well, hopefully the show can see improvements on Monday night. Last night episode was really entertaining.

  • iggy agrimotor

    Does anybody know why this TV season seems to be a weak season?

    Few network hits are currently in their prime creative years. And the new crop of shows are unwatchable.

  • Justin121

    ABC is in denial that ratings today are approaching a 0.

    Desperate Housewives ratings were a far cry from a 0.

    Once and Revenge’s 1.7-2.7 ratings aren’t.

    No. Room. To fall.

    They gave Grey’s Anatomy an 8-week hiatus last year and it returned to a multi-year high.

    Now, Grey’s could return in February* because it airs on Thursday where the Oscars, Super Bowl (Grammys, Golden Globes, AFC Championship) aren’t an issue, and take March off.

    Since the Sunday dramas are more fickle to audience loss than Grey’s Anatomy due to heavier cable competition – and are more serialized by nature – an uninterrupted run takes priority over airing in Feb Sweeps, and they need all the momentum going into May sweeps, which are far more important.

    They already lose the Oscar and the Super Bowl Sundays, so airing for half of February sweeps isn’t worth the January trouble.

    * Grey’s hiatus was Nov-Jan, not Dec-Feb, but the point still holds.

  • Nick

    @Austin Lauran

    More often than not, death slots are in fact Fan Excuse Bingo, but this is one of the few cases that it’s not. It has the highest-rated scripted show and the highest-rated reality show on broadcast TV for competiton. Any new show put there has no lead-in support as well. It’s just a lose-lose situation. If a buzzy, critically loved show starring Andre Braugher that ABC promoted endlessly could fail miserably in that slot, nothing will succeed.

    The only other death slot on broadcast (with the exception of Friday & Saturday nights, which really aren’t considered “slots”) is CBS Sunday @ 10, thanks to football overruns.
    Most of the time, however, “death slot” is used by crazy fans in their Fan Excuse Bingo board. For example, CBS Tue@10, CBS Thu@8:30, The CW Thu@9, ABC Tue@10, and NBC Thu@9:30 most certainly are not death slots.

  • Cj morton

    I think ABC leaders need to sit down and seriously consider what’s happening, cause they are seriously losing a LOT of their hit shows. At the beginning of the season, Revenge and Once Upon a Time were beasts, but now they are average at best. If this keeps up, they’re gonna lose Modern Family, The Middle and their other shows that actually get good ratings. their shows are no worse than CBS; they just make dumb decisions. Malibu Country and Last
    An Standing are both exceptional comedies with popular stars, but a crappy time slot itit and poor promotion has left them barely clenching to the bubble. Castle also has huge potential, and a huge fanbase, but has been ill-treated.

    In conclusion: ABC gotta get their act together!!!!

  • Lexi

    Revenge was better on Thursday nights. Maybe they should switch back.

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