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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  • Greg

    I’m a bit concerned about The Good Wife now. 1.5 is lower than Vegas! I hope the writers can close all storylines by the end of this season just in case they don’t get another one. And if the show does get cancelled, four seasons is a solid amount of time for a TV show.

  • Shelly

    Forget the networks. Downton Abbey is the best Sunday night entertainment ever.

  • aiden

    last week revenge was aganist the football and the rating was huge! so it was ok the rating for revenge! i know the show is going to rises! is one of the best show on tv! but yes they need to start discover emily, like pretty little liars, i mean on PLL we know a lot of A team! because the viewers lose the interesting on the show!

  • SJ

    If CBS can get a syndication deal than they will give TGW another season, otherwise its the lowest rated non Friday drama.

    Second lowest. After Vegas.

  • Jim

    TGW is too cerebral for the youngters. Things that require a little thinking are dying out. For instance, the best card game ever, contract/duplicate bridge, is relegated mainly to senior citizens.

  • HalCapone

    The Mentalist would be more attractive to syndicate since it is a procedural drama vs The Good Wife which is more serialized soap. Demographics for both shows are older while The Good Wife skews slightly more older female than The Mentalist which also skews older like most CBS shows, making both less attractive than younger skewing shows on competing networks with respect to syndication.

  • wn

    HalCapone, I believe The Mentalist was sold into syndication years ago, to TNT.

  • iggy agrimotor

    The Good Wife isn’t a self-starter. That 1.0 lead-in caused the drop-off.

  • ragincajun

    @ halcapone

    TGW is a CBS production. The Mentalist is not, WB, so CBS sees not backend profits from it.

    As for the net’s ratings last night, I don’t think that CBS’s being in repeat mode on Thursday and Friday helped it at all. They had absolutely no promotion, and many viewers may not have known that the net was televising new episodes. However that being said, I just don’t see TGW on CBS’ fall lineup. If the show gets a syndication deal, CBS may give it try a 10-13 episode midseason order, but if there is no buyer, it’s time to call it quits.

    On another note, TGW has gotten much better since the conclusion of the horrible Kalinda’s husband plot. Unfortunately, Kalinda has been relegated to a backburner role that is doing nothing but supporting all of the guest stars. They need to feature Carey and Kalinda more prominently and give them a juicy storyline. Oh, and The Mentalist has been on fire the past few episodes. The show has not been this good for a couple of years. CBS should really swap TGW and it for the rest of the season just to see if it may improve the night.

  • William

    Pro Bowl was a blowout plus some negative press about the game going in after last year’s fiasco.

  • Bernard

    The Good wife is amazing. It’s certainly the best drama tv show on non-paid television. If it remained so far it’s been because the show is amazing with a great cast, a great plot and a great buzz for awards (even though it hasn’t won any recently). It’s ridiculous to see these people all commenting here stupid things about a show they probably never saw. It’s one of the best written series I’ve ever seen and I usually hate law shows. It’s amazing and I hope for the sake of minimum intelligence levels in US television that TGW doesn’t get canceled on May.

  • Andrew DeCaro

    That Was A Good Game Last Night. Al Michaels And Cris Collinsworth Were Great Calling The Game From Start To Finish. And That Is How You End A Great Season Of NFL Football With The Pro Bowl. And Now I Get To Start My Offseason From Football 1 Week Early. Thank You For A Great Season Of NFL Football NBC And Hope To Be Back Again Soon.

    So Until Then I Don’t Know When Or Where Will Get Together Again But If We Do Will Let You Know Please Be Healthly Be Happy Take Care And Thank You.

  • JR

    This site has repeatedly whiffed predicting the demise of The Good Wife. Looking forward to it being wrong once again. TGW has at least two more years in it – maybe three.

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  • steve burton

    TGW is my favorite network TV drama. The Pro Bowl was no Super Bowl ratings wise, but did clearly have the highest percentage of young viewers watching on Sunday night, but apparently 18-49s largely had better things to do on Sunday evening than view network television period.

    TGW and TM are in thankless timeslots. Each is often pre-empted by sports programming and accordingly pushed back into the last half-hours of primetime. Each has lost ratings and viewers since being relocated to their current places on the schedule. What is likely to further hurt the two programs is the fact that neither will air, or will rerun until early March. Both will not be on Feb. 3 or Feb. 10, for the SB and the Grammys respectively. Both will either be repeats or not be on at all on Feb. 24, Oscar night. Only the 17th of February is likely to feature new episodes. If not on that date, then new TGW or TM fans will have to wait until March 3 for fresh material.

    It’s beyond me how any show survives when it is pushed back an hour or two for weeks on end, doesn’t air for special programming or doesn’t have new episodes air but once in about six weeks. Sad for me, I don’t see Alicia and Co. making it to another season, unless there is a major uptick in viewers over the next couple of months. TM they can get rid of for all I care. Once they wrote Simon Baker’s character into a corner as killing Red John, who didn’t turn out to be Red John and then his walking on murder charges to extricate the plot from the initial bad writing, I was done with it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    This site has repeatedly whiffed predicting the demise of The Good Wife. Looking forward to it being wrong once again.”

    If we predicted The Good Wife below a toss up it’s been at least several years, but the crazy fan need not let the facts get in the way of a good whine.

  • Ruan

    The animation block on FOX is the best option on Sunday nights, no doubt about that.

    It’s incredible how every show (except for “The Cleveland Show”) beat all scripted competition. At this point, I’d say that TCS is certain to be cancelled, especially considering the fact that FOX already has a new animated show being produced, it’s called “Murder Police”.

    On the other hand, it’s a shame that “Bob’s Burgers” and “American Dad” get lower ratings than “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy”. I mean, I do like them all, but “Burgers” and “Dad” are funnier.

  • Alex

    Your comments are interesting, but how is anyone supposed to put up with all the “it’s” that should be “its”? I’m Italian and I know the difference, come on!

    Anyway, sad to see the Mentalist slide, hopefully CBS will decide to save it instead of CSI:NY and TGW.

  • Mr Mumble

    On raw ratings The Good Wife doesn’t stand a chance of a renewal (and hasn’t done all season since 1.7s on a primetime Sunday is going to translate to low – lower than CSI:NY – ratings if it was moved to Fridays).

    CBS have a far bulkier pilot line-up this year compared to the last two. There is a good chance that beating CSI:NY in the renewal pecking order will not be enough for TGW. Does “critical acclaim”, “awards”, “quality”, “being a CBS produced show” merit TGW be above CSI:NY and The Mentalist? I don’t think so… it’s a likely cancellation, CBS have the luxury of being able to cull all their mature, mediocre performing, dramas if they so wish.

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