TV Ratings Sunday : NFL Pro Bowl Down From Last Year, 'The Mentalist' Slides + 'Good Wife' Hits Series Low

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January 28th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/8 1.9/5 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.1/6 0.8/2 0.8/2 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.887 3.948 9.670 5.204 2.580


Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for NBC (Pro Bowl) 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 and with total viewers.

On NBC, The Pro Bowl earned a 3.3, down three tenths from last year's 3.6 fast national rating (last year's game later adjusted up to a 4.3)

On FOX The Cleveland Show scored a 1.2, down a tenth from its last original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Simpsons was even with the 2.4 it earned two weeks ago. Bob's Burgers earned a 2.0, down three tenths from its last original's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy earned a 2.8, down four tenths from the 3.2 its last original earned. American Dad earned a 2.1, down three tenths from its last original's 2.4.

On CBS, The Good Wife earned a series-low 1.5, down four tenths from its last original's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were far too optimistic. The Mentalist  garnered a 1.8, down three tenths from its last original's  2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the night, 60 Minutes earned a 1.7, down more than a full point and a half from its last original's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Hallmark movie The Makeover earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Last year's Hallmark movie ( A Smile as Big as the Moon) earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, January 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM NBC Pro Bowl Pre-Show 3.0 9 10.22
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.8 5 6.88
CBS 60 Minutes 1.7 5 11.54
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 0.8 2 1.92
7:30PM NBC NFL Pro Bowl 3.3 8 9.84
FOX The Cleveland Show 1.2 3 2.55
8:00 PM FOX The Simpsons 2.4 6 5.30
CBS NCIS -R 1.0 2 7.55
ABC Once Upon a Time -R 0.9 2 3.60
8:30 PM FOX Bob's Burgers 2.0 5 4.14
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 2.8 7 5.56
CBS The Good Wife 1.5 4 9.29
ABC The Makeover (9-11PM) 1.1 6 5.17
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.1 5 4.19
10:00 PM CBS The Mentalist 1.8 5 10.30

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 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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  • American

    I didn’t even realize that Maveover movie was on ABC…it kept saying Hallmark Original movie and never gave a date (that I saw).

  • Michael

    It didn’t help that TGW’s episode started out looking like a repeat. I almost shut it off…glad i didn’t…another good one!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “it is obvious then, TGW does not appeal to females really, it looks like Males watch it too and they chose Bowl last night.”

    Thanks for playing Fan Excuse Bingo, but you’ll have to do better than that.

    Every Sunday Night Football game that TGW faced this season rated much better than the Pro Bowl.

  • Shepherd


    Since I’m told the PB was the only big sporting event on last night (ty Bill btw), I’d hardly call a 3.3 huge competition. I can’t see any bingo excuse holding up today. ‘Nobody’ wanted to watch TGW last night. plain and simple.

  • Oliver

    @Mary 1

    Aha, I forgot about the SAG Awards. It apparently got 1.8 last year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s up again.

  • Max Vrany

    @Bill, does H/P in the half hour ratings mean Households using Television or something else?

  • Shepherd


    Will there be a poll for The following today? I just noticed that it doesn’t really have any huge competition on broadcast tonight, (scripted anyway) so I’ll go with a 2.5. I think Dallas starts tonight though, or maybe its on Tuesdays.

  • Cyrax86

    No escaping the cancellation now, TGW, it’ll end this year with exactly 90 episodes and then H5-0 will suffer in that timeslot next year.

  • MSR

    I’m sad The Good Wife doesn’t do better in the ratings, as it’s one of my favorite series – but I think I can understand why it doesn’t draw the younger demographic. It isn’t the fastest paced series, which I think could make it a bore to most younger folks. I wouldn’t be surprised if it either ends this year or gets just one more season to bring it to a proper close. Either way I just hope it gets a proper series finale.

  • Chuck T

    The Days when the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies were ‘an event’ are long over!

  • omabin

    This is way worse than i expected for the good wife. It should have been up or stable with no competition, not down. this really is getting dangerous for it. csi ny is now beating it on a friday, i am not sure even the 100 episodes prospects can save it now. I still say it has a head-start over the other two, for for how long, it remains to be seen, it certainly cannot settle at 1.5

  • Ryan

    Poor Good Wife one of the best series on TV and these are the numbers it polls. CBS just give it one more FINAL season.

  • HalCapone

    Once again, every adult wearing diapers was watching CBS–their target demo. Les Moonves must hold a lot of stock in Depends.

  • DW

    not good going into a month long hiatus. yes im sure cbs wishes they produced the mentalist. with a huge 3/10 of a rating point higher. wow that 3/10 brings in huge coin.

  • MichaelChickless

    Time to renew The Mentalist and put it on Monday at 10:00, then move HFO to Tueasday after the NCIS twins. The Mentalist could grow with a better lead-in and time slot.

  • networkma

    The Good Wife maintained it viewers but the show skewed older last night. I still believe that CBS will bring it back. But it should be only for a 13 episode order. It should come back at midseason and CBS should announce it as the last season.The CBS shows could of been effected by the SAG awards. The Mentalist seems like it would be great for CBS on Friday night. If the network chooses to cancel CSI:NY, The Mentalist should inherit the 9pm timeslot. That would be the best companion to Blue Bloods.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Bill, does H/P in the half hour ratings mean Households using Television or something else?”

    Sorry, ignore that H/P heading in my copy and paste, those numbers you’re asking about are “adults 18-49 using TV”.

    H/P does in fact stand for households/people using television, and the full spreadsheet includes numbers for both households and adults 18-49, but when I hide certain columns (so that what I paste isn’t even more of an illegible mess), it’s hard to know what it means.

  • Mon

    Last year at CBS vs Pro Bowl
    60 Minutes 1.5/4
    Undercover Boss 3.0/7
    The Good Wife 2.2/5
    CSI: Miami 2.3/6

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  • Ben

    Will this site post the ratings for the SAG Awards? I am sure a lot of people were watching that instead of the exhibition Pro Bowl or the other programs on ABC, CBS, and Fox.

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