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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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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  • gerry

    what’s more sad than the revenge rating last night is the pathetic loser that sits here salivating on monday and friday to be the first to post. PATHETIC.

    abc’s sunday was down across the board, being that its in competition with like everything including an awards show. shows like ouat and revenge should just not air opposite awards shows. its got enough WD competition, it was obviously going to get killed because unfortunately most of america likes the crap music of the grammys. sad too, because revenge finally pushed the plot forward last night.

    i’m alot more curious to see where abc’s sunday numbers lie come march. that will be the true indicator.

  • K

    Revenge has run its course. Time for it to be cancelled. As for OUAT, it is sometimes confusing with the back and forth real and fairy tale worlds. It needs a better direction of what it wants to be. Look for it to continue to slide in the ratings, esp since “The Amazing Race” starts its Spring season Sun.

  • Ryan

    Don’t forget Max’s hours of refreshing the page every three seconds. :)

  • Willy Wonka

    Lol what is it with the retards here? Maybe ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘Revenge’ will be canceled come end of season, but seriously how can anyone try to draw any conclusions based upon the ratings on an airing when we have the ‘once per year’ Grammy awards?

    If ‘Once upon a time’ and Revenge fails to make a substantial improvement by next week then those statistics will actually mean something in terms of renewal/cancellation.

  • danny94

    Revenge is still Great, Season 2 may not be quite as good as season 1 but it’s still better then most things on network t.v

  • bluejays

    Revenge hasn’t been ‘killed’ by bad scheduling. it’s been killed by weak writing. It’s a mess now.

    I get so p**** when good shows get ruined by bad writers! It sucks because you start out loving something and bit by bit it gets ruined but you’ve got to where you care about the characters. There gets a point though when the bad writing outweighs all else and you lose interest. Revenge has reached that point for me.

    How did the nets used to write series that could hold your interest for season after season? Look at ER, yeah it dipped in quality but a bad ER was better than the best Revenge or Nashville etc. Now all the real quality is on cable. Makes me sad.

  • Percysowner

    Stop bitching about ABC’s scheduling for 5 seconds and enlighten us – how would you schedule 22 episodes of REVENGE in a 35-week season. But, please – make realistic suggestions. Because all we’ve been hearing here so far has been crap.

    This is a tricky thing to do. I actually think that doing what NBC did with Revolution and Grimm might be the best bet. ABC could have run The Last Resort in Revenge’s time slot. Thursdays at 8:00 obviously did not work out for such a unique show. It would have been a gamble, but since it failed anyway, it wouldn’t have been much of one. Setting a schedule for a serialized show with a large break between parts one and two works on cable, it might work on network TV as well.

    I must say that certain posters have made me be more aware when I enter a rating thread, especially on Mondays. I know look to see the poster’s name and if certain ones show up, I just jump to the next post. Hey, it keeps my mind active and my blood pressure low.

  • Nick

    There’s no way Max could write that long of a post and still be the first poster. I wish you people would wake up and realize that Max is just someone at TVBTN trying to stir up drama (and, hence, increase page views and web traffic and earnings).

  • Greg

    I’m not even taking into account these past ratings for Once Upon a Time and Revenge. They’ve clearly gone down because of the awards and the AFC. Next week, we’ll see how much the bad scheduling has hurt both shows, but I think both will rate solidly, if lower than what they used to rate back in the fall (OUAT at 2.6-2.8 and Revenge at 2.0-2.2).

  • Ultima

    @Bad Wolf
    this person ALWAYS post the first comment so you you’re forced to start reading the comments with his

    Did it ever occur to you to simply scroll past his comment? How about a little bit of self control instead of blaming other people for your problems?

  • ethan

    grammys hurt ABC

  • rob60990

    LOL at the loser Revenge haters saying Revenge will be cancelled. These ratings mean NOTHING. It will be going back up next week then in March, while crappy Scandal will continue to go down. ABC isn’t even promoting this week’s episode yet. It goes back to the case of the week, plus has a 10 month jump which viewers hate.

  • Ram510

    Wow looks like ABC should’ve just let Desperate Housewive run that 9th season everyone signed on for. Poor ABC. Maybe Red Widow will help them out lol

  • Gabe


    The walking dead has grown to a ratings monster. It is beyond safe and seems to have a huge fanbase. Revenge on the other hand is clealy struggling. No need to give any viewers who are unsure about this show a reason to drop it. Same with big bang, It’s safe no matter the competition. Moderate hits are not.

  • Bad Wolf

    I don’t get why people compare Revenge and Desperate Housewives. Is there a law I’ve never heard of which says a 2nd season show must be stronger than an 8th season show ? Maybe it’s often the case but there can be exceptions. And Revenge never reached the level of popularity Desperate Housewives once had. And Desperate Housewives’s previous season (the 7th) was stronger than Revenge’s previous season (the 1st). I’m not finding any excuses for Revenge’s low numbers, but comparing it to Desperate Housewives doesn’t seem fair (but not as much as comparing it to any show that never had to compete against this kind of competition).

  • Shepherd


    “BTW, I think people maybe should start getting banned, but not Max. Start banning the people who are making personal comments about him.”

    I agree. I’d throw in all the people trying to impersonate him too. 1/2 of these haters don’t even know what the term troll refers to either.

  • Ultima

    Sure, ABC could schedule away from the “winter gauntlet.” Put repeats, burnoffs, movies and/or specials against the NFL playoffs, Golden Globes, Super Bowl and Grammys (and pre-empt its lineup for the Academy Awards). In other words, do what NBC does.

    The affiliates surely love that sub-1 sweeps lineup. The fans will enjoy the “one-on, two-off” winter scheduling.

    Going to a cable-style split season might be good. NBC is doing it with Revolution. Then again, the comments here are filled with complaints about “losing momentum.”

    QFE :)

  • Petar Ivanov

    Revenge and Once upon a time are terrible choices for Sunday nights. You need shows like Person of interest, Modern Family, Family guy etc, i.e. not serialized dramas.

    ME: Well abc has big problem its all about serialized dramas now and even more bad news more about SOAPY serialized dramas. No one male will watch these shows. Male shows like fox animation sitcoms or CBS crime POI/NCIS will flop on thet more and more female for old lonely ladies network.

  • Ram510


    You sure do k ow a lot about what’s happening on Scandal for someone who hates the show. Are you a closeted Scandal fan??

  • Elena

    Wow…I know there was a lot of competition last night but those are really low numbers for OUAT and Revenge. I don’t watch Revenge, so I’m not sure what’s going on with it. I have heard from people I know who watch (or used to watch) that they got tired of the same story and the overall quality of the show. Do people on this board feel that way, too? Like I said, I’ve never watched a single episode, so I can’t comment on the show itself but I’m just curious. I do think it will be hard for the show to rebound from that 1.4. For the sake of the fans, I hope it does, but it has taken such a tumble that I don’t know if it can ever get back above 2.0. Then again, it seems many shows are fighting a losing battle vs the DVR. The DVR is doing its job all too well and fewer people are watching live nowadays. I think that is likely a huge factor in the performance of many, many shows.

    As for OUAT, I was a fan of this show…once upon a time (lol)…but I haven’t watched since the last ep before the December hiatus. Let me just say before I begin that I am not, in any way, trying anger or offend current fans of the show. I am just speaking from my point of view and giving my take on why it has suffered so much recently. I think OUAT started out really strongly in S1…great mythology, sympathetic protagonists, and complicated antagonists (I still think Regina is a fantastic character, FYI). I really liked that the show stayed focused and kept the main story revolving around the core cast. For me, S2 went off the rails when it took on too many “other” characters and strayed from the heart of the story. I am all for a show evolving, introducing new characters, branching out in different, exciting, and fun directions. However, I think the show just took on too much too soon. I found myself not caring about the extraneous characters like Mulan, Aurora, Belle and missing the heartfelt development of the core characters…they weren’t forgotten but the focus was shifted too far from them for my liking. Again, this is just my opinion, but I felt like the scripts were poorly written, the dialogue cheesy, and the overall plots just lackluster. OUAT started out last season as a show I looked forward to every week and this season became most background noise for me.

    So, as far as OUAT goes, I do think having such fierce competition hurts it in terms of live viewers but I wonder if the show has become its own worst enemy. I don’t doubt that it will be back for S3 but I am not sure if it can sustain and go beyond that.

    As far as Revenge goes, right now it will still be renewed but I think its fate largely depends on how it performs this month. February is sweeps period and if it doesn’t climb out of this deep hole it might be named as one of the “on the bubble” shows.

    I sincerely hope no one takes offense to this post. I am not an expert just a tv watcher and I’m just sharing my own take on things. I hate seeing people come on these boards and tear down/mock tv shows that others really love. It’s not cool and so unnecessary. It’s fine to express alternate opinions but the bashing and insulting is really uncalled for and, yeah, hurtful.

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