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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  • Shepherd

    I admit that I don’t watch a lot of procedural shows, but POI seems to have far too many serialized aspects to simply label it as a typical run of the mill procedural. Even early on (s.1) when it was for the most part a victim of the week drama, they were constantly doing the flashbacks which regularly set up and explain the events that are happening week by week.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ABC needs more reality shows and procedurals.

    Ome more smart man, Ultima. AND multi cams. I was against all these people when they talk to be fair from yearS how procedurals are better than serialized and multi cams over single cams but now i SEE. I am not blind anymore.

  • Cory

    So the grammys matched their best numbers since 2011, except for 2012. That writeup isn’t worded the greatest.

  • Leondre

    Hopefully Revenge will go back to that 2.4 we saw before the golden globes.

  • tv watcher

    Please don’t ever ban Max I love him, he keeps me coming to this sight. It would be beneficial if people would just ignore him, but he knows that most of you won’t. I doubt he likes Scandal he just likes pissing of the Revenge fans….lol..

  • Bob

    Revenge is a great show. A few fixes are needed ASAP….more Nolan (he was on more last night but he needs to be with Emily planning moves)…Emily needs to be with Daniel as she equalizes him….he sucks as the Boss….His father needs to take back the company. Both Conrad and Victoria need to be in all the scenes and do dastardly things. Get rid of Aiden. If they want Jack and little brother than at least have Jack go after Emily and have a little tension between Daniel and Jack. Little brother and Daniel’s sister should still be together but make it difficult because of Conrad and Victoria. Faux Amanda can be on to help dastardly ways of Emily. Everyone else BYE!!!

  • hoki

    “Hello REVENGERS…

    Let us discuss the excuses because I am ready to hear them. Allow me to say them first though…

    1. ABC has awful scheduling. Who knows when our show is on.
    2. The GRAMMYS are a killer to our show.
    3. We are slowly entering a new season and ratings are naturally dropping.
    4. THE WALKING DEAD was back.
    5. No one knew the show was on due to lack of promotion.
    6. It is doing so well on ITUNES right now.
    7. International sales are insanely huge right now.
    8. They should have never moved it from Wednesdays.
    9. It isn’t compatible at all with ONCE UPON A TIME.”


  • Ashton Butcher

    I decided this year not to really watch the Grammys after watching it the past few years so I just watched some local NBA and NHL action instead. Two things that I missed that I wanted to see was Taylor Swift dissing her ex-boyfriend and Justin Timberlake’s comeback performance.

    As for Revenge and ABC well lets just say both parties are at fault for the huge decline of this show and absolutely nobody should be making excuses for them. I usually catch Revenge every couple of months playing catch up and this season creatively and quality wise has been a let down but on the flip side ABC’s failed programming attempts of their Sunday lineup is absolutely dreadful. They seem like they’re even slowly killing OUAT right now. I pointed this out last season that their Sunday lineup should start the Sunday after Labor Day. Those unnecessary weeks during the season where they program reruns on non-competitive weeks then program original episodes against the big winter events is what kills them. On January 6th and 27th, Revenge and OUAT could’ve doubled up episodes during those weeks that way during the 13th, 27th, February 3rd, and 10th are all rerun weeks.

    That Hallmark deal they have could be used during the Holidays or those special winter event weeks or any rerun night during the season, why on a valuable Sunday where your original programming should be airing?

    In my opinion Revenge should’ve never moved away from Wednesdays, sometimes if its working don’t fix it and this was the case. Nashville has been struggling to resonate on that night with Chicago Fire choking it every week now. Sometimes I wonder if Revenge was still there would Chicago Fire even had grown like it did. Nashville should’ve been the program airing on Sundays and if ABC was smart they would switch both shows next season but at this point their Wednesday comedy lineup is starting to fade a bit so its a complete collapse of two different lineups for the Alphabet.

  • Tom

    @ Blake So, what you’re telling me is that next week, after broadcasting only the fifth episode of Revenge since December 2, 2012, ABC is taking Revenge off the air again for three weeks. Nice. That should really motivate a lot of viewers to watch those final 8 episodes.

  • jackson

    if Revenge doesnt recover next week (when is finally isnt facing huge compeition) then i will be officially worried. ABC is soo stupid with when they decide to run new eps of the show.

  • Gaius Bolling

    ABC has aired Revenge and ONce upon a time during award shows and other events so im not sure what they are thinking. I think if they could’ve they would’ve ran a new episode opposite the super bowl haha. the ratings will take a hit when these type of award shows and sporting events air. that’s on them

  • Ashton Butcher

    @ Petar Ivanov

    “Ome more smart man, Ultima. AND multi cams. I was against all these people when they talk to be fair from yearS how procedurals are better than serialized and multi cams over single cams but now i SEE. I am not blind anymore.”

    You’re right a lot of people make the same argument for NBC also that they needed more procedurals, reality, and multi-cams. That’s one of the main reasons why nobody has beaten CBS in like 15 years I believe.

    I think ABC is alright in the reality area they could use just one more in their lineup somewhere, they really don’t have a real procedural presence on their network as NBC finally figured it out this year with Chicago Fire, and with the multi-cams were seeing right now outside of Modern Family which is fading fast this season along with The Middle they haven’t found any hit single-cams. LMS and MC for Friday comedies are getting 6-8 million viewers every week, if they actually had a block of them they might be doing better.

    It’s good that ABC has a lot of serials but they got to balance that out CBS type programming.

  • Ultima

    So, what you’re telling me is that next week, after broadcasting only the fifth episode of Revenge since December 2, 2012, ABC is taking Revenge off the air again for three weeks.

    No, it’s off for two weeks – the Academy Awards and the Red Widow premiere.

    If it wasn’t off for two weeks, it would have to be off for another week later. There are 35 weeks in the season and only 22 episodes.

  • Petar Ivanov

    As i always said POI is unique. Not typicle CBS cop show or procedural. Althou is with procedural srtucture has more than usually arcs(the rule is in the beging, in the mifle and in the end of the season) and is apealing to more broader fanbase. Which is helping with people who want clever shows and still rerun like procedural because is P.O.I. per week, like case per week. And if all other CBS procedural cop shows are after the crime POI is before the crime. I think after syndication POI will grow even more when people watch it and get how good this show is. Best scripted and acted crime drama on broadcast network. Still a lot of people think is one more cbs cop show and POI so bigger than that. Great idea, best possible cast, insane writers and all 4 POI main leads are growing this season. ONly hope that will be syndicated to USA, FX or TNT not to some stupid network.

  • Ryan

    Why in the world would ABC put new episodes on against the Grammys. Stupid idea.

  • Ultima

    ABC is soo stupid with when they decide to run new eps of the show.

    Let’s here your brilliant suggestion then. Spoiler alert: there will be tons of people complaining about anything you come up with.

  • Blake

    @ Tom

    Well, most people here seem to actually want 3 episodes of Revenge between December 2 and March 10 (they want the show preempted every time there’s a big event – which would leave January 6, January 27 and February 17 as airdates).

    There is no perfect way to schedule 22 episodes in a 35 week season. If they divided the season into 2 batches of 11 episodes and aired them non-stop Sep-Dec and Mar-May people would then complain about a 3-month break in between (not to mention the local affiliates).

    Besides, this is how ALL shows air on ALL networks. And have been for a long time. Why are people complaining about it as if it were something new? Or exclusive to ABC. Or exclusive to Revenge.

  • Joe

    I just read on TV line the abc suffered ratings lows last year with their shows against the Grammys

  • Bill Lee

    I turned off Revenge in the middle of the show last night. Great first season, should have been one and done… oh well.

  • Ultima

    Why in the world would ABC put new episodes on against the Grammys

    Because they don’t want to air only one original episode each of Once Upon a Time and Revenge in February?

    Because even series lows for those shows is a ton better than the sub-1.0 ratings that NBC is getting?

    Why do so many people have trouble figuring this stuff out?

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