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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  • Fred

    I enjoyed Revenge last night. What a shame one of the better eps of the season aired against the Grammys.

  • Just Desserts

    Wow, everyone’s angry at ABC today.

    You people don’t understand. They are merely setting up Once and Revenge for failure this week so that next week the network could say the ratings rose for these two shows.


  • Tom

    I asked this yesterday, but it bear repeating: How many times does ABC expect viewers to keep reconnecting with Revenge? After being off over the holidays, ABC aired three episodes in January and stopped. The series was then off for another three weeks and people wonder why its ratings are down. Granted, Revenge hasn’t been as edgy as last season, but this is serialized show with a fairly complicated plot. It’s hard enough to keep track of the details without also having to guess when the show will air.

    It appears that Revenge will air another episode next week. That makes 14 episodes in total. In May, ABC will also air four consecutive episodes to end the season. That makes 18 episodes out of a total order of 22 episodes. This means that ABC will only have four episodes to air until May. It takes a pretty loyal bunch of fans to put up with that.

    The only way I keep up with Revenge is by recording a number of episodes on my DVR and watching them in succession. I believe ABC and other networks should think about broadcasting serialized shows in the same close order. Or, in the alternative, pulling a CW and starting these shows later. A number of cable shows are being broadcast in split seasons and that makes them a lot easier to follow.

  • SJ

    The ideal running schedule for Once and Revenge would have been:

    11 episodes from September 30 – December 16 (that’s actually 12 weeks but I believe one of the many country music awards aired on a November Sunday)

    11 more episodes from March 3 – May 12, since the Billboard Music Awards are on May 19.

    Hallmark Hall of Fame Movies: Dec 23, Feb 10
    Dec 30 – Christmas specials
    January 6-27: Wife Swap/Winter Wipeout
    Feb 3 – AFHV/comedy repeats due to the Superbowl
    Feb 17 – Once and Revenge recap episodes
    Feb 24 – Academy Awards

    There. Problem solved. I don’t think anybody can find a reasonable argument as to why this schedule is worse than what ABC actually did. It gets the HHOF movie out of sweeps, Once and Revenge aren’t repeated even once and the recaps the week prior to the Oscars give people a chance to catch up.

  • BigFlop

    @Just Desserts
    we are all agree, ABC is a shame! lol

  • DenverDean

    CBS procedurals also get benefit of doing well in repeats. I mean CSI got a 1.5 against new CF and the debut of Americans a couple of weeks ago. That is not a total loss in timeslot. Meanwhile Nashville got a 0.9. Nash, Revenge, GA, Scandal and OUAT do not repeat well, therefore ABC has only two options: air and get dismal ratings or come up with substitute programming, which doesn’t draw big ratings. CBS is able to get maximum leverage from the existing licenses. If I were ABC, I’d pray that BoP does decently enough. I still think it was a mistake not to air BoP repeats after Revenge instead of the crap they’ve been airing. Instead, it’s coming in cold.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Yoe are blind. CBS is way ahead with their crime procedurals over srialized dramas as by the way CBS is way ahead with their multi cams over single cams. Sorry.

    Not to mention that both crime procedural and multi cam are gold mine for syndication until serialized and single cam are not even close to that.

    That is why this season CBS will be #1 and they make so good business.

  • rayslagles

    NBC President reveals why he might cancel Saturday Night Liver after Saturday’s horrible episode, here’s the link http://hollywoodandswine.com/snl-viewers-wonder-how-bad-the-sketches-were-that-didnt-make-it-on-the-air/

  • BigBrotherFan


    I just can’t see how ABC can keep Revenge going with these horrible numbers. It must be semi-expensive show. ABC where absolute idiots to let Kelley take the show so off course with Aiden. I just don’t know what they can do to save it?


  • Blake

    Tom complains about Revenge being preempted too much, others complain about Revenge not being preempted last night. At the end of the day, people will always complain, and ABC are always the bad guys.

    By the way, Tom – 8 episodes of Revenge will air between March 10 and May 12 when the show ends its season.

  • Sam

    Revenge will be back. I don’t think anyone other than the delusional Max believes it won’t be.
    It’s well known that ABC has screwed the scheduling of both OUAT & Revenge. They’re aware of it, everyone else is aware of it, and both shows will be renewed.

    Whether they will fix the obvious problem this season, who knows?

  • A

    I believe all the revenge haters here are Max disguised in different nicknames. You can change ur name each time you comment after all. LOL

    Really NO LIFE.

  • Skylar James

    ABC needs more reality shows and procedurals.

  • Ultima

    Hopefully Revenge gets adjusted up such a good episode. They finally…

    I realize that this is a TV ratings website, but dropping spoilers with no warning less than a day after a show has aired is still bad form.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @You people don’t understand. They are merely setting up Once and Revenge for failure this week so that next week the network could say the ratings rose for these two shows.


    This was good one. I vote for it best comment so far. I really laugh, thanks.

  • Ultima

    Yoe are blind. CBS is way ahead with their crime procedurals over srialized dramas as by the way CBS is way ahead with their multi cams over single cams.

    No, I’m not blind. You made an argument, I proved you wrong.

    You’re now doing what is referred to as “moving the goalposts.” You change your argument, set up a strawman and say you won.

    It’s pathetic.

  • Jt

    Big Brother Fan
    Sure the ratings have been down this year but look at other Abc series and REvenege is not doing that bad there are other series i would be more worried about.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @CBS procedurals also get benefit of doing well in repeats.

    Thanks man. I forgot about that. Most of CBS procedurals are 1.5+(some of serialized dramas are with these numbers on originals)POI even hit 1.9 on rerun rwice this season. NCIS 2.0 once.
    The same story with multi cam against single cam on repeats. I guess that is why they are gold mine on syndiation.


    ps Let’s play nice(we win the debate) and stay away one show insane reruns.

  • aiden

    i love revenge an i hope the show rise nex week before the oscar! for me the show work better on Wednesdays

  • r0ckmypants

    @rayslages – You do realize that isn’t a real story, right?

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