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.)

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    @ Shepherd

    Thanks for not thinking I’m a bingo player (since I’m not) & also agree that it could be TGW effect (as if you’ve never seen it, it would be extremely hard to tune in now).

    A 3.3 for the Pro Bowl isn’t much at all, since SNF routinely scores much higher than that & TGW has held its own. I think Downton Abbey & the SAG would be more of a rival. I watch DA live (but caught it On Demand this morning, as well as TGW). Couldn’t watch TV until 10:00 last night & watched the local news until 10:20, then the SAG’s until midnight.

    I can be objective w/ TGW ep’s, but last night had outstanding writing & about a half dozen guest appearances. The episode had a lot of twists & turns that will impact the future storylines.

  • Shepherd

    “wow that 3/10 brings in huge coin”

    That 3/10 amounts to a 20% increase over TGW’s 1.5 last night. Are you honestly trying to say you wouldn’t consider a 20% raise from your boss “huge coin”?

  • MichaelChickless

    The Cleveland Show is on death’s door.

  • Baaa!

    No football, but that lousty exibition game had the expected effect.

  • The Cool Max

    Glad The Good Wife is down! That needs to be yanked.
    On a side note, terrible episode of American Dad last night.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Will this site post the ratings for the SAG Awards?”

    Yes, they’ll be in the Sunday cable ratings we post Tuesday morning. A press release from Turner with them could come earlier than that.

  • wn

    Agree about American Dad, The Cool Max. That episode was bizarre in a bad way. And the CBS schedule definitely needs fixing if The Mentalist, in the 10 PM slot, was the highest CBS show of the night.

  • Devin

    ABC should have ran that movie last week against football instead and had originals this week.

  • The Cool Max

    @WN> That was the 1st time I actually turned AD off. I thought the play skit would end after the 1st break.

    Patrick Stewart was the best thing about it.

  • ethan

    No TGW!!!…how is the idea: The last couple of years CBS has been unable to launch a new show on fridays…so why not move TGW there? could be compatble with BB, and will probs do way better than made in jersey…anyone think this is a viable move for CBS?

  • TheFollowing

    NBC wins the night. wow. :D

  • ReallyTired

    How is the Good Wife still on the air????????????????????????????????????

  • Vanquished

    Maybe the good wife has finally gotten too ridiculous for it’s loyal viewers…

  • Hmm

    The hallmark movie was not even shown in my city. A 700 club telathon was on instead and the moive came on at midnight.

  • SJ

    First of all: why did ABC air the Hallmark movie last night and Once and Revenge against the second-biggest sporting event of the year? It’s like they want their shows to have bad ratings. Paul Lee has got to go!

    I don’t see the big deal with TGW hitting a 1.5. It got a 1.6 a few weeks back, it’s suffering from spotty scheduling like all Sunday shows on all networks and it had a repeat as a lead-in. It’s still in better shape than The Mentalist and CSI: NY.

    How do you guys still have The Cleveland Show on the bubble? With a 1.2 rating, it’s certain to be cancelled.

  • Ben

    Thank you Bill Gorman for letting me know about the SAG Award ratings being posted on Tuesday morning.
    Last night’s TV viewing was down for a Sunday and perhaps the SAG Awards (or some other cable show) took some of the audience for a January evening.


    @ ethan

    My guess is that the fans of TGW have followed it since season one & will continue to support the show wherever CBS chooses to schedule it.

    @ SJ

    I’m inclined to agree w/ you on TGW!

  • K

    Best Pro Bowl was on FOX back in 2008. They played the game without the onside interruptions.

  • Woody


    CBS are more likely to do that with The Mentalist, surely? Already does better than TGW (and expands on it as a lead-in) and it’s is far more compatible with BB, for obvious reasons.

  • r0ckmypants

    Last night’s American Dad was hysterical; it was a parody of theatrical conventions and many classic playwrights, especially Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. But you have to be familiar with the works being parodied to appreciate it, and most who typically watch the show probably aren’t.

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