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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  • TerryJacksonNYC

    The Walking Dead has been a problem for network TV for some time. It’s becoming a bigger problem. I’m not sure moving a show is the answer, though, especially if TWD comes back with more than 20 episodes next year, which I keep reading is a distinct possibility.

  • Ultima

    @Skylar James
    because comparing a mega hit show like TWD to Revenge is so smart

    I wasn’t comparing the shows, I was saying, in jest, that since some people are opposed to Revenge airing against big competition, that ABC should wait until The Walking Dead’s season is over.

    However Revenge and Grammy’s/Globe’s do share an audience, likely young females.

    Maybe the audience that watch the NFL playoffs instead of Revenge will decide to watch zombies instead as well?

  • daniele

    Last year Desperate housewives:
    08/01 8.84
    15/01 7.91
    22/01 7.48
    12/02 6.40
    19/02 7.65
    04/03 8.21

    06/01 7.12
    13/01 6.17
    20/01 5.75
    11/02 5.05

    Everything normal right now. Let’s see next week

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Skylar: That may be true up to now. I would assume the Grammys WOULD have more impact on Revenge than TWD – they got a 10.1 in the ratings!

    Nonetheless, TWD’s ratings were MASSIVE this week – 6.1! That’s DOUBLE what most network scripted dramas are doing. That HAD to have had an impact on Revenge, if not as much as the Grammys.

  • Katie

    I thought the Grammys might be up this year because of the diverse group of nominees and performers. I definitely thought it was the best Grammy show in a long time.

  • Max 2: Max’s Revenge

    CBS has been #1 since 1998-99, demos don’t matter when you’re talking about the most watched network.

  • Nicolas

    Last year’s Grammy was a fluke because of Whitney Houston dying days before the awards show. It still matched its second best rating though.

  • Brian I

    Bring back UGLY BETTY!!

  • The End

    Once Upon a Time vs Grammys

    2012 8.65 million viewers 3.0 18-49
    2013 7.02 million viewers 2.2 18-49

    Grammys can’t be used as an excuse for the poor performance of the latest episode, considering last year it did quite well against the grammys.

  • The Original J


    Don’t be an idiot. The definition of “incessantly” is doing something over and over and over again. Like Max/Bill Gorman does on every single post related to Revenge, Scandal, AHS, etc.

  • Holly

    @The Original J,

    The definition of “incessantly” is “continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending”

    Perhaps you are looking for the word “repeatedly”?

  • Bill

    Ouch at revenge! Really like the show

  • Ultima

    CBS has been #1 since 1998-99, demos don’t matter when you’re talking about the most watched network.



    FOX was #1 across the board in 2008.

    Also, ABC was #1 in 2000 with Millionaire and NBC was #1 in 2002.

  • Ruan

    FOX’s animation block held on very well against the Grammys and The Walking Dead. I’m so happy that American Dad didn’t fall below a 2.0 even with all that heavy competition. Once Upon a Time and Revenge were more badly hurt, though. Not something to worry about, considering how this was an unusual night.

  • Joseph A

    Gratz to CBS , the numbers were solid and equal to 2011, for the Grammys.
    As for FOX , their numbers were good all things considered.
    Regarding ABC they did okay between 8 – 10pm, but then died during that last hour when they show Revenge. Given that NBC was doing repeats a .8 was pretty low.

  • Petar Ivanov

    where are friday finals, i see only friday cables…

  • Dorothy

    @josh thx for spoiling the death on revenge.

    Also, am I the only one loving @Ultima calling @Petar out on his CBS is better than…

  • sjr2012

    i have said it before a ABC should have never taken OUAT and put it on a sunday being that it was a sister show to the greatest show in the world my all time fazv Lost it should have been on Wednesday or that way he dont have to compete aganist football or grammys every damn year otherwise OUAT wont be back After season 3 and its the only ABC show i am in to

  • Steve

    Exactly! Ouat on a sunday as a high priced drama should have been an after thought i mean Tuesday could have been a better slot but ABC is to stupid

  • Anthony M

    I knew it would have a hard time on Sunday night as compared to when it was initially airing. This season has not been nearly as entertaining as last season to boot. IDD about ABC and their scheduling but the show hasn’t helped itself all that much.

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