TV Ratings Sunday: 'Family Guy' & 'The Simpsons' Down, 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' Up as The Masters Dominates Night

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April 15th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 1.6/5 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.6/5 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.408 3.465 4.498 2.490 3.914

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (Masters Overrun and subsequent scrambled shows) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. CBS was delayed 57 minutes in the Eastern and Central time aones due to Masters coverage.  See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

CBS was  number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

CBS primetime was delayed 57 minutes in the Eastern and Central time zones due to Masters coverage. Though the golfers thoughtfully kept their overtime to nearly an hour, theoretically sliding each primetime program forward an hour, all of the CBS ratings should still be taken with a large grain of salt.  So, with that caution, here are some probably inaccurate comparisons. On CBS, 60 Minutes garnered a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating up 71 percent from last week’s 1.4. The Amazing Race earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 13 percent from a 2.3 on April 2. The Good Wife scored a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 13 percent from a 1.5 on April 2.  The Mentalist aired after primetime so no numbers are available at this time.

On FOX, The Cleveland Show earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down  31 percent from a 1.6 last week when it aired at 9:30 and down 15 percent from a 1.1 on March 17 when it last aired in the time period. The Simpsons garnered a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating down 18 percent from a 2.2 on March 19. Bob’s Burgers scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from a 1.7 on March 24. Family Guy garnered a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating down 8 percent from a 2.6 on March 24.  American Dad notched a 2.0 down 13 percent among adults 18-49 from a 2.3 on March 24.

On NBC, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice scored a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 21 percent from last week’s 1.4.

On ABC, a Once Upon a Time clip show garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, April 14, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS The Masters - Live 4.1/13 17.97
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 1.0/3 5.84
NBC The Voice - R (7-9PM) 1.0/3 3.79
FOX Bob's Burgers - R 0.7/2 1.72
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 1.1/3 2.44
8:00 CBS  60 Minutes 2.4/7 12.14
FOX  The Simpsons 1.8/5 4.07
ABC  Once Upon A Time - Clip Show 1.3/4 5.08
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 1.6/4 3.41
9:00 FOX Family Guy 2.4/6 4.99
NBC Celebrity Apprentice (9-11PM) 1.7/4 5.20
CBS The Amazing Race 2.0/5 9.56
ABC Revenge - R 0.6/2 2.66
9:30 FOX American Dad 2.0/5 4.14
10:00 CBS The Good Wife 1.7/5 9.97
ABC Red Widow - R 0.5/1 2.07

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



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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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  • E.S.


    Bob’s Burgers is still an overrated underperformer for Animation Domination. I still think it won’t do well in syndication, even on Adult Swim.

  • Mapache

    OUAT´s biggest problem is Jennifer Morrison. I stopped watching because of her. I´d rather cut my veins than hear her delivering her lines. Girl is just awful

  • Danie

    CBS is crazy. They air Golden Boy, which is dead, after NCIS:LA and The Mentalist, which is coming back next season, outside primetime. What a joke! The show just had a 3 week break and they still managed to air it after primetime.

  • Ultima

    CBS has made it very hard to watch the Mentalist. Couldn’t even DRV it. My one-hour DVR for TM has nothing but TGW in it

    Why would you only DVR the 10pm hour on Masters weekend? It overruns almost every year.

    I don’t understand why CBS choose to air The Mentalist at 11:00pm.

    Because people were expecting it to be on?

    Convienently for CBS, they already had an episode of The Mentalist scheduled for next Saturday, they can just re-air this one.

  • Ultima

    On CBS when sports runs close to that extra hour they should shelve ’60 Minutes” to after the other shows and run the other shows on time. That hour bump happened a lot this season.

    Wishful thinking. CBS likes 60 Minutes, they’re not going to bump it.

  • The End


    Personally I would say Once Upon a Times problem is the way it’s almost directionless at the moment. Season 1 had the everyone has lost their memories, and the Snow/Charming stuff going on in the background. Season 2 has the… Well it has mini arcs that work out well but don’t feel as good as Season 1s. Too many new characters too.

    I’m watching this show wondering what direction they’re trying to take at times, this season has had good episodes, but doesn’t feel the same as Season 1, that magic is gone, for now.

  • The End

    Basically I think it started out well but started to fizzle out a bit. I thought the Aurora/Mulan/That Prince guy were the best editions and were the most interesting plot wise, then they were kinda forgotten about lol

  • Ultima

    they really need to figure out a way to start their shows on time


    Sports overruns typically boost 60 Minutes and rarely have a negative impact on The Amazing Race and The Good Wife. They overrun does much better than The Mentalist, so CBS’ ratings are always up with the overruns.

    Sure, The Mentalist takes some ratings hits, but it’s still on the air. Not sure why people are unhappy about that unless they’ve deluded themselves into thinking that 60 Minutes is expendable.

  • Sarah

    “@Ultima, Why would you only DVR the 10pm hour on Masters weekend? It overruns almost every year.”

    I guess I’m not as smart as you to know that part of TV history .. heck I didn’t even know masters was on. I can only blame stupid me!

  • The End

    To be fair, most Golf fans watched The Masters live. No DVR needed.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    When people come here and complain that their DVR recording missed The Mentalist, the only thing I can assume is that they must be even more ill equipped to deal with something like setting their alarm clock an hour early for work.

    Some tips:
    -take 30 seconds out of your life to determine if CBS is broadcasting early evening sports (Here’s a hint they probably are, especially in the fall).
    -Set your DVR to record The Mentalist however you do it, with season pass or just a night’s recording.
    -Since you have obtained intelligence that an overrun is likely from you 30 seconds of research earlier, here is where you really put in the work:
    –Set your DVR to do a timed recording for the hour period following The Mentalist
    –Or just click record for that evening’s CBS affiliate’s nightly news and the program following it. The overrun of The Mentalist will be captured though it may be across several individual recordings.

    It really is not that hard and if you managed to come to this site and post/complain and even conquered the new “confirm you are NOT a spammer” box, I am pretty sure these next level DVR maneuvers are well within your grasp.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Ugh, I missed Ultima’s advice on how to handle this before I posted :-)

  • John A

    I was hoping Revenge would have a more original season ending rather than a charactor dying plot.

  • DanaK

    For the Mentalist, knowing there’s a strong possibility for an overrun, I set my DVR to pad an extra hour on my Season Pass. It was worked every time to catch the show in full. If there’s ever a situation where it starts after 11pm, hopefully I’ll be aware of it or CBS might just bag it.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    @ Rare

    The Simpsons series low is 1.7.

  • Fake Me Out


    … A stable, modest performer …

    Are you talking about the show or the star? If the star shouldn’t that read ‘from a stable and modest performer’? … and do they keep orangutans in stables or just ginger Clydesdales?

  • SB

    If you follow CBS on twitter they always send an update saying the length of the delay for their Sunday programs.vi

  • Alan B.

    Great for the Good Wife.Into the final 3 episodes and still holding it’s own after 4 seasons.Best show on CBS without a doubt.

  • Shaun

    Considering that their was an overrun, I’m quite surprised The Amazing Race was actually down 3 tenths, is that common? I expect The Good Wife to be adjusted down in the finals although I’d be surprised if it held that 1.7 rating.

  • Rob R

    Very nice ratings performance by “The Good Wife” last night plus it was a very entertaining episode. And for “Mentalist” fans, DanaK’s advice is good……….pad the recording by a full one hour and that will always work. If the sports delay is so great that it exceeds 59 minutes (last night’s was 56 minutes), then CBS will pre-empt “The Mentalist” and you wont miss a recording.

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