TV Ratings Sunday 'Once Upon a Time' Hits Low, 'The Amazing Race' Down, 'The Good Wife' Rises, 'Revenge' Returns Up

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April 29th, 2013

Revenge Identity April 28

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.2/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 0.8/3 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 3.595 9.595 5.727 4.135 2.832


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

On FOX, The Cleveland Show earned a 1.2 up 33 percent from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Simpsons scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating up 11 percent from a 1.8 on April 14. Bob's Burger's earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Family Guy garnered a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating matching its performance on April 14. American Dad notched a 1.9 up  6 percent from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 60 Minutes garnered a 1.5 down 21 percent from last week’s 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race earned a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from last week's 2.4. The season finale of The Good Wife scored a 1.6 up 7 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  The Mentalist notched a 1.5 down 6 percent from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 15 percent from last week’s season low 1.3.Once Upon a Time scored a series low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from last week’s 2.1. Revenge returned to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 13 percent from a 1.5 on Easter but down 6 percent from a 1.8 for its most recent non-holiday original. Your predictions were too optimistic. Red Widow earned a series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating down 30 percent from a 1.0 on Easter and 42 percent from a 1.2 on March 24.

On NBC, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice scored a 1.5 down 6 percent from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, April 28, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 1.5/5 11.59
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.5/5 6.43
NBC The Voice - R (7-9PM) 1.1/3 3.28
FOX The Simpsons - R 0.9/3 2.10
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 1.2/4 2.63
8:00 CBS  The Amazing Race 2.3/6 9.09
ABC  Once Upon A Time 2.0/6 7.04
FOX  The Simpsons 2.0/6 4.48
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 1.7/5 3.49
9:00 FOX Family Guy 2.5/7 4.90
ABC Revenge 1.7/4 5.93
CBS The Good Wife - Season Finale 1.6/4 9.01
NBC Celebrity Apprentice (9-11PM) 1.5/4 4.99
9:30 FOX American Dad 1.9/5 3.97
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.5/4 8.69
ABC Red Widow 0.7/2 3.52

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  • Twinn

    Dan S, where was it announced that Hawaii moves to Fridays this summer? Even if it does, it’s because it repeats better than Good Wife, which is a more likely candidate. CBS doesn’t usually tip its hand. They do “practice” scheduling before upfronts that usually doesn’t indicate what will really happen. Last year, everyone thought they would do 4 comedies on Thu.

  • DW

    CBS usually wins the night in broadcast terms with ratings and in total viewers. i say keep both TGW and TM at that slot for another year. they have been steady against major competition . i have said before that if they do move it that you could put an hour of sitcoms in there but no why in hell , if your cbs do you put a new show in on sunday nights. it would be wasting the networks time.

  • Austin

    Nashville may have ratings that match an NBC drama, however, it can gain more money than it usually would because of the music purchases on iTunes.

  • Twinn

    Good Wife will never move to Sundays at 10pm. CBS is conscious about how delays have hurt its serialization. They would never move it later. So many bad ideas here!!

  • DW

    oops my odd southern thoughts crept in there i meant way not why. it sounded like why in my head. :)

  • The End


    Wait what? I wasn’t speaking in regards to the ratings, I was speaking about the popularity of the character. Basically show discussion lol

    My bad. Sorry if I gave off the wrong impression with regards to my Regina comments.

  • two

    –When the least watched show wins the 9pm hour you just have to admit the rating system is ridiculous–

    When you make a statement like that you have to admit you have no idea how the ratings system works and what it is for.

  • rob60990

    Last nights episode of Revenge was fantastic especially the part with the truth about Victoria’s son being exposed on tv. Emily Thorne is back bitches.

    Screw Scandal. I can’t wait for ABC to stop overhyping that show so it can start to sink. When it does I’ll be here. :D

  • Melissa

    Wow, if there are no adjustments, Once Upon a Time will have split its season premiere rating in half! Quality has been the major issue this season, and I think the rough scheduling just expedited the downfall of this show.

    I watched Once Upon a Time last night for the first time in months, and I have to say that it’s improved a little bit from its disastrous fall episodes. However, a major issue with Once Upon a Time is the fairy tale flashbacks. It was getting kind of confusing since the curse is now broken. The scenes in Storybrooke were actually decent.

    Also, the boatload of unnecessary new characters this season turned me off. Stick to the core characters, and further develop them. There is really no main purpose this season (unlike season 1 which had a clear focus), so the storylines feel convoluted. I hope this show regains focus next season, because last season it was one of my favorite shows on television.

    I also think it’s funny that Max ended up being right about everything. I remember in the beginning of the season when Revenge was in the high 2’s, he said it would end up in the 1’s by the time spring rolled around. We all mocked him, but that’s exactly what ended up happening! He also said that Scandal, which was averaging a 2.0 at that point, would rise to the high 2’s, and despite our doubts, that’s exactly what happened; it’s now the #1 10PM show!

  • diana

    @Melissa. It was obvious scandal in the beginning was as solid as rock it was obvious that these numbers were going to burst and revenge went to 1s after all of the Sunday specials he wasn’t entirely right

  • Andrew Dias


    Look at the Scandal hater! Where were you when Scandal was the #1 drama in Thursday nights? Actually increasing on its lead-in, Grey, nonetheless, for the very first time?
    Stay hating.

  • Melissa


    It was obvious scandal in the beginning was as solid as rock it was obvious that these numbers were going to burst and revenge went to 1s after all of the Sunday specials he wasn’t entirely right

    Being steady does not guarantee a breakthrough. Take Criminal Minds; it averaged a 3.6 for three consecutive seasons yet never took off as a big hit.

    I’m pretty sure Max said that Revenge would not be able to withstand the vigorous Sunday specials, which would lead to a midseason collapse. He was right on point.

  • aciel

    it was obvious that revenges ratings were going to collapse during sunday specials but im shocked that once upon a time dropped this much because last year it didnt take such a hit.
    as for scandal it rose after fitz was shot abc hyped up this episode so much and i guess scandal just held onto its gains because scandal is the type of show that holds its audience

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Grimm’s season high is a 2.0 rating. Once Upon A Time’s season (and series) low is a 2.0 rating. In terms an an ABC Press Release “The Voice fueled Grimm” will probably beat out Once Upon A Time this week. Not 100% sure, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t atleast tie.

  • racer

    @The End My reply was disallowed–perhaps due to linked articles. TAR is re-broadcast in Canada, Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Long Live The Amazing Race!

  • The End


    Thankyou for making the effort, didn’t know the show was that popular worldwide lol

  • Rebecca

    We’ll see what happens with Regina. Heroes references are basically lost on me – I watched only the first season (to me the show needn’t have continued past that; I saw it as just a one season show and stopped watching).

  • Rook

    Well Revenge and OUAT will get a renewal, and since its season 3 they will get a season 4, the only question being how many episodes.

  • Beauty and the flop

    Worried about Revolution and OUAT, both just hit series low. But maybe that’s what OUAT gets for neglecting amazing fan favorite characters like Ruby.

  • The End


    22 Episodes for Once and Revenge.

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