TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon A Time', 'Revenge' & 'Bob's Burgers' Up, 'The Amazing Race' Premieres Down

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February 18th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/4 1.6/4 1.6/4 1.2/3 1.2/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.1/3 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 3.750 5.862 9.174 3.197 4.410

Note: Due to golf overruns in the Eastern and central Timezones, all CBS primetime programs started five minutes late in many markets. CBS's ratings are subject to more than the typical adjustments.


FOX was number one among adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

Note:  Versus last week, Adults 18-49 usage was down 6 percent from 8-11 PM.

On Fox, The Cleveland Show notched a 1.1 down 21 percent from last week’s 1.4. adults 18-49 rating. The Simpsons earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Bob’s Burgers scored a 1.9, up 6 percent from last week’s 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy garnered a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 4 percent  from last week’s 2.5. American Dad notched a 1.9 among adults 18-49, down 5 percent from last week’s 2.0.

On ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.5, down 17 percent  from last week’s 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Once Upon a Time scored a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating up 5 percent from last week’s series low 2.2. Your predictions were too optimistic.. Revenge garnered a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 29 percent from last week’ s series low 1.4.

On CBS, all the numbers should be taken with a small grain of salt since primetime was delayed five minutes in the eastern and central time zones. 60 Minutes earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down 28 percent from last week. The season premiere of The Amazing Race scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from a 2.5 for its fall season premiere on September 30, 2012 and down 14 percent from a 2.8 for its previous winter premiere on February 19, 2012. It was the series lowest rated premiere ever. The Good Wife earned a series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating down 7 percent from a 1.5 for its previous new episode on January 28. The Mentalist garnered a 1.5 among adults 18-49 down 21 percent  from a 1.9 for its most recent original episode on January 28.

On NBC, Dateline earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 33 percent from a 1.5 for its last Sunday original on January 6.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 17, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC Amerca's Funniest Home Videos 1.5/4 6.91
CBS 60 Minutes 1.3/4 9.50
NBC Dateline 1.0/3 5.39
FOX The Simpsons - R 0.9/3 2.20
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 1.1/3 2.64
8:00 CBS  The Amazing Race (season premiere) 2.4/6 9.54
ABC  Once Upon a Time 2.3/6 7.50
FOX  The Simpsons 2.0/5 4.61
NBC  Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 0.9/2 4.17
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 1.9/5 4.06
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 1.0/2 4.33
9:00 FOX Family Guy 2.4/6 4.85
ABC Revenge 1.8/4 5.99
CBS The Good Wife 1.4/3 8.48
NBC Saturday Night Live in the 90s  (9-11PM)- R 1.4/3 4.00
9:30 FOX American Dad 1.9/5 4.14
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.5/4 9.18
ABC Zero Hour - R 0.9/2 3.05

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



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  • SJ

    I’ve gotta say, in the grand scope of things, I’m a little more worried for Once Upon a Time than Revenge right now. Not in terms of renewal, of course, because both shows are certain to be renewed, but Once didn’t recover as well as Revenge (gaining one tenth vs. Revenge’s four) and it’s about to be hit by DST three weeks from now, which won’t influence Revenge, a 9pm show, as much.

    Hopefully, though, with good word of mouth, Oscar promotion and little rerun weeks (five consecutive episodes for both shows in March and April) I’d expect both to keep building and reach good numbers again.

    However, if ABC wants these shows to see a season 4, they will schedule them differently next year – 11 episodes from Sep-Dec, 11 more from Mar-May. That’s the only way to stop the audience erosion because, while both will recover, it’s doubtful they’ll be where they were last season at this time (Once in high, Revenge in mid-2s).

    The Good Wife’s numbers make me so sad. :( The show is such an amazing character study with stunning performances and last night’s episode was one for the record books. And to hit a series low… Ugh!

    Thankfully, CBS is in such shambles right now* so it still has a fighting chance. In any other season, TGW would be gone, along with CSI: NY, Vegas Blue Bloods** and The Mentalist.

    *I mean, they’ll win the season, of course, but never has CBS seen this many shows get such low ratings – all of the above have settled either in mid- or low-1s.

    **were it not for the syndication factor

  • helpful_lurker

    Max Max MAX! Once more with feeling – MAAAX!

    Okay, calling for Mod-banning of Max is insane when Max honestly isn’t the bigger problem. Do his posts inflame? Sure, I mean if you have an interest in the show he’s slamming, but honestly the worst part about the MAX is the complete over-reaction some (most) have toward Max. Yes, at first the whole thing was amusing, but it’s over and tired now.

    So I’m here to offer a helpful hint to help you start realizing that it’s completely okay to just ignore Max – just in case the reason you are forced to respond is because you think he “knows” something when I can prove he doesn’t in fact have any inside information.


    “American Horror Story”

    Max feels about that show as he does “Revenge.” But here’s the thing clearly FX doesn’t feel the same about “American Horror Story” as Max does, because despite what Max insists (FX has to be sooo disappointed in “AHS” ratings and so on) FX keeps renewing it. And so as long as the ratings for “Revenge” hold up ABC will also keep disagreeing with Max. So instead of trying to get Max banned from this site your efforts would be better spent on either ignoring him and trying to get people to watch “Revenge.”

  • Shepherd

    Yes! I typed something faster than Ultima!! WooHoo! :)

    Obviously you were busy responding to alffan, but I take them where they come.

  • VBarkley

    Revenge & The Good Wife were up against the Downton Abbey season 3 finale, where we all knew Matthew would die. Wait til next week.

  • alffan

    Sorry hit submit

    Actually, on second thought, this might be a better option. You double up on the Bachelor during the season. This allows OUAT and Revenge to run like 24 did on Monday post football and only against one cycle of the Voice.

    7:00 AFHV
    8:00 DWTS (Fall)/Bachelor (Winter)/DWTS (Spring)
    10:00 Nashville (Fall)/New Drama (Winter)/Nashville (Spring)

    8:00 DWTS Results (Fall)/Gothica (Winter)/DWTS Results (Spring)
    9:00 Bachelor (Fall)/Once Upon A Time (Jan-May)
    10:00 Bachelor (Fall)/Revenge (Jan-May)

    Gothica looks like the natural pair with OUAT and you could do that as a limited run series between DWTS

  • Layton

    Once will get a season 4 because of syndication and DVD sales. The question is will it get beyond that. Not sure about Revenge. ABC could only renew it for a short order and if that happens it isn’t guaranteed a 4th season because it wouldn’t get 88 episodes.

  • Layton

    @alffan Lost did the same thing for its last two seasons. I don’t think that is a bad idea really. Its ratings would probably improve because of it being behind DWTS and it would see the crazy up and downs with being against football and award shows.

  • rex

    you guys are annoying! scandal and revenge are two great shows. abc shouldnt have moved it to sunday though. only desperate housewives survived on that day.

  • The End

    @Mon 9:00 Bachelor (Fall)/Once Upon A Time (Jan-May)

    Great way to kill off Once Upon a Time there with that timeslot.

  • cimmer

    OUAT is good for renewal this year but I don’t think it’s going to see the 3’s again in ratings UNLESS maybe a 3 for the season finale and maybe for the first ep next season. Other than that I think it’s playing itself out. It’s not an unusual scenario for fantasy/scifi shows if they make it past a first season. Very often the idea for the show is not really sustainable over the long haul and they’re too expensive for the lower numbers they bring in; shows like Fringe, X- Files, Star Trek and Starate are the exceptions. Strangely ‘horror’ series seem to have a better chance- Buffy, Angel,SPN, VD, TWD etc. I suppose you could argue that some of the horror shows are fantasy shows like OUAT but really OUAT is more like DH with sfx make up. Not saying it’s good or bad just that something like that tends to have a specialized audience that can’t always deliver the ratings, especially on broadcast TV.

  • The End

    @Did they changed the definition of “killed” again? :(

    Seems so, when you’re a fanboy of certain shows with an almost creepy obsession, any excuse, such as killed, poor scheduling, position of the planets, auroras, blackouts, alien invasion will be used by some people unable to grasp that, perhaps their show is just suffering a decline in viewers.

    Some comments would be more bearable to read if some people just grasped this fact and stopped with the excuses. They were amusing at first but now they’re just weird.

  • Layton

    @Cimmer Well OUAT should make it to 4 so it will be in that range with those other shows. I suppose they could give it a 5th but if the did it would probably be like Fringe and end up on Friday and just get enough episodes to wrap up the story.

  • The End


    I honestly don’t think Once Upon a Time will make it to a 5th Season, there’s nothing in this show to suggest it would come anywhere close. They’ve broken the curse, now they’re on Cora/Regina/Hook(The Villians) sneaking around Storybrooke for Rumpelstilkins dagger, with Emma/Rumpel/Henry with Bae.

    There’s something oddly amusing, perhaps bad writing when the villains who are ironically the most powerful people in Storybrooke sneaking around in the shadows.

    Very out of character for Regina and Cora. They have nothing to fear and could just walk around in plain sight and not one character in Storybrooke could touch them. Which is why I find the Henry excuse oddly amusing.

  • Ultima

    8:00 DWTS (Fall)/Bachelor (Winter)/DWTS (Spring)

    That doesn’t work.

    ABC can run two ten-week cycles of DWTS on Sundays because the fall one can fit between the Emmys and AMAs (with a Mon/Tues finale) and the spring one can start mid-March and finish the final Mon/Tues to avoid the BMAs.

    However, there’s no way to also fit a run of The Bachelor in between them due to the Super Bowl and The Oscars. Also, airing the Bachelor against the gauntlet of special events in January and February just seems silly and counterproductive.

    Here’s a schedule that actually works:

    DWTS / specials / DWTS on Sunday

    DWTS resutls + serial drama / The Bachelor / DWTS results + serial drama

    The drama runs without repeats and DWTS and The Bachelor run without much screwy scheduling (Mon/Tues finales and a Monday fall premiere with no results for DWTS; one or two Sunday airings of The Bachelor).

  • Dan S

    @ The End, maybe we can blame poor ratings on the meteorites striking Russia too ? All the same it boils down to poor writing that’ll kill a show quicker than anything else. I’ve stuck with both OUAT & Revenge though my patience has grown thin with REV in particular. Scheduling of course can be a factor so maybe a split season for REV next year is in order.

  • cimmer

    @Layton, I’m not sure about it making a S4. I know people bring up syndication rights and stuff but sometimes that’s a sense of false hope. It looks like an expensive show. I don’t think ABCs going to try and move it around next year either but the fact is that right now ABC has a scripted show in the same range as a reality show and an animated offering. If you were an advertiser, where would you spend your money for the 18-49 demo? Where can you get the most bang for your buck. If OUAT stays in the low 2’s next season and 2.5 is its highpoint then I don’t think it’s safe for an S4.

  • Ultima

    @The End
    …alien invasion…

    Wait. Did someone actually use that as an excuse? Because, if so, BINGO! ;)

  • Layton

    @cimmer syndication is a big deal. If a show like Fringe can get a 4th season and a 5th season with ratings in the 1s than OUAT has nothing to worry about. I think it will get a 4th season at least.
    @The End Cora isn’t the most powerful that belongs to Rumple. Until this week, she had to sneak around because Rumple could probably kill her and Regina pretty easily. They have to find the dagger so they can control him. I still very much like the show, especially for Robert Carylie and am sure it will get a 4th season. Beyond that it will depend on if the ratings can improve or at least stay steady. Lost didn’t have great ratings (comparable to shows of its time) for season 4 and it was kept around two more seasons.

  • Nevid

    I don’t know why everyone is complaining about Max. I’m a fan of both Revenge and Scandal, and even though he is writing bad stuff about Revenge, is kinda funny, especially seeing everyone freaking out about him and asking Bill and Robert to ban him.

  • The End

    @Cora isn’t the most powerful that belongs to Rumple.

    I know this.

    @Until this week, she had to sneak around because Rumple could probably kill her and Regina pretty easily

    And up until the latest episode the shows producers have said that Rumple doesn’t care what Cora and Regina do, infact he wouldn’t care if they went on a killing spree. He only cares about the people most important to him and what he has to gain from the deals he does.

    He would have absolutely no reason to harm Cora or Regina if they made enemies of the town by being pro active bad guys and wondered around causing damage, if anything he would find it amusing.

    This is why Cora/Regina hiding in the shadows made absolutely no sense what so ever and is very out of character for them both, we all know Regina and Cora love to be the center of attention.

    @Dan S

    I agree and well said by the way.


    Sadly not yet, just mentioned as a likely excuse along with some already used ones in this thread lol

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