TV Ratings Sunday: Grammy Awards Fall From 2012 Record + 'Revenge' & 'Once Upon a Time' Hit Series Lows (Updated)

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February 11th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 8.2/20 1.8/4 1.5/4 0.8/2 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 7.4/21 2.0/6 1.1/3 0.4/1 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 24.564 3.508 5.567 3.482 2.483


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

CBS was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, The 2013 Grammy Awards earned a 10.0 10.1 (per updated fast nationals) from 8:00-11:30,  down more than four ratings points from last year's monster 14.1 adults 18-49 rating (which was fueled by a Whitney Houston memorial tribute) but matching the ceremony's best 18-49 rating since 2011. Earlier in the night, 60 Minutes earned a 1.9, up two tenths from its last original's 1.7 two weeks ago.

On FOX  The Cleveland Show scored a 1.3, up a tenth from its last original's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Simpsons earned a 2.1, down two tenths from its last original's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.. Bob's Burgers earned a 1.8, down two tenths from its last original's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy earned a 2.4, down half a ratings point  from its last original's 2.9. American Dad earned a 2.0, down two tenths from its last original's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Once Upon a Time returned from hiatus to a  series low 2.2 rating from its last original's season-low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Revenge earned a 1.4, also hitting a series low, down three tenths from its last original's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Revenge for Real premiered to a dismal 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the night, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up half a ratings point from its last original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 10, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS 60 Minutes 1.9 5 11.13
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.8 5 7.28
NBC Dateline NBC -R 1.2 3 5.71
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.0 3 2.19
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 1.3 4 2.75
8:00 PM CBS 2013 Grammy Awards (8-11:30PM) 10.1 25 28.37
ABC Once Upon a Time 2.2 5 7.02
FOX The Simpsons 2.1 5 4.31
NBC Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday -R 0.6 1 3.08
8:30 PM FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8 4 3.43
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 2.4 5 4.57
ABC Revenge 1.4 3 5.07
NBC Saturday Night Live in the 80's -R (9-11PM) 0.8 2 2.56
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.0 5 3.80
10:00 PM ABC Revenge for Real 0.8 2 2.89

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



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  • Skylar James

    @Alex: the problem is not the network realizing they aired against tough competition. The problem is these are serialized shows, and if people start missing episodes for a while they start to lose track of what’s going on. The damage is done

  • Roco

    @rob60990, I’m starting to believe Rob and Max are the same, they both start this war up around the same time….interesting!

  • Ultima

    CBS procedurals KILLS all abc serialized dramas.

    Let’s just look at the season averages for a couple of shows. Let’s use, say, Grey’s Anatomy, a serial drama on ABC, and Person of Interest, a procedural on CBS that happens to air in the same timeslot.

    Grey’s Anatomy – 3.2

    Person of Interest – 3.0

    But maybe ABC is fading and CBS is picking up steam… no, they both had the same 3.1 rating this week. Does “KILLS” mean something different in your country?

  • BH

    Even OUAT as gone down this season compared to Season 1

    Regina/Cora/Gold make this show for me.(I am going to be biased and add in Hook there as well :P).

    But really Belle/Mulan/Aurora/The Giant/Frankenstein and some other- I don’t really connect with these characters and their stories.They’re just “meh”

    OUAT has got predictable too-Neal Cassidy being Bealfire and Henry’s father- I called that one day after the premiere of the season!

  • Ultima

    @Bad Wolf
    So the fact that Desperate Housewives started with stellar numbers is very much relevant to its season 8 ratings.

    But not relevant when comparing Revenge to Desperate Housewives last year as it would violate the Gunsmoke Rule.

  • GG

    LOL are you people really stupid enough to think Once and especially Revenge are in danger?


  • Shepherd


    “we must not be looking at the same site then because I looked it up and if it wasn’t 2.2 if was at least 2.0″

    Just look at the top of the page. The last episode got a 1.7, and the 2.0 it got was back in the second week of January (around the 15th maybe). It’s now Feb. 11th so you’ve had plenty of time to notice that the rating fell.

  • CP

    One of these days ABC will realize not to air new programming when specials are on. Maybe.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Like I have been saying and saying for MONTHS that revenge would, and did, go lower. I didn’t expected it go this low, however. That’s bad.

    I think ABC may cancel it at the end of the season if it keeps these numbers so low.


    Oh, and as it seems, looks like PADMA is sticking around

  • Petar Ivanov


    Greys is only one. And still Greys will be down close to FULL point in the end of the season. Most CBS procedurals will be stable with litle drop around 0.3 and POI will be even up. So yea i guess mean “something different”. And next season when Greys is not even close and drop again more than 0.5 as all seasons……hm than what. CBS PROCEDURAL DOMINATION IS CLEAR AS SKY IS BLUE!

    NCIS, NCIS LA, CM, POI. They are all beast. Even at 10 pm CSI is still beast. For 10 pm show.

  • Ultima

    Great job ABC, taking a break last Sunday when nothing special was on, and returning this week for The Grammy’s.

    ABC didn’t air all repeats two weeks ago, they had the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

    Has it gotten to the point that people are now arguing that ABC should air Once Upon a Time originals without Revenge originals, so that later in the year they can turn around and complain that Revenge had a repeat for a lead-in?

  • Petar Ivanov

    I mean cbs crime procedural domination sorry.

  • cra

    Having just watch the PBS series Pioneers of Television episode on miniseries I believe Revenge would have made a great miniseries but it is terrible as a series. The writers haven’t been able to maintain the basically plotline for a second season without the show becoming absurde. Too bad the show was good in season one but it can’t sustain itself. I think OUAT also is having the same poblem but is sustaining itslef better I think because the cast is large enough to sustain multiple plotlines but I can’t see the show lasting beyond 3 seasons.

  • Josh

    Hopefully Revenge gets adjusted up such a good episode. They finally killed off Helen Crowley from The Initiative. However, they make us question if there is an even higher power who is in charge. Hopefully it goes up next week the show has started to pick back up again.

  • Skylar James


    they could’ve aired the movie last week instead against the Superbowl…

  • cass rowland

    once upon a time and revenge are dead i wonder what happend because they were performing just fine

  • A

    I don’t know how people can talk about revenge and cancellation?

    Against Football and Grammys, any show would be DOOMED.

    I dont watch either Once nor Revenge but lets gain some logic. Have Max rubbed off some stupidity on all of you? Sorry.

  • Jt

    Big Brother Fan
    The issue is look at the amount of shows Abc has axed as of now look at the ones on the bubble if they were to can ever show with mid to bad ratings they would not have much left i don’t think any network would want to have 12-16 new shows in one year.

  • Scandalfan

    LOL Max thanks for the laugh. You can blame Max all you want but he’s right Revenge’s ratings suck. I hope the writers do something about this, people are getting desinterested in the show becauce of the too many story plots and none gets resolved, too bad tho’ it’s a great show still. I want to see Emily getting caught already who wants to watch 10 seasons of that show and Emily isn’t found out yet? I don’t. I have gave up on the show to watch the Walking Dead instead until there’s a change if ever.

  • Ultima

    Greys is only one

    You said “all.” I only needed one example to disprove your argument.

    And still Greys will be down close to FULL point in the end of the season

    Season-to-date, Grey’s Anatomy is down 16% year-to-year, which is normal for the show. It will probably finish the season with a 3.0 average (down 0.6, not a full point).

    Greys is only one. And still Greys will be down close to FULL point in the end of the season. Most CBS procedurals will be stable with litle drop around 0.3 and POI will be even up

    Unless Person of Interest’s ratings drop in the spring like last season…

    Also, NCIS is already down 0.3, Criminal Minds 0.4, NCIS: LA 0.3, CSI 0.3, etc.

    You’re completely delusional if you think that all of these shows are somehow immune to ratings drops in the spring.

    Either that, or you’re as bad at math as you are at logic.

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