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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  • The End

    @Skylar James

    No they don’t. Once Upon a Time was made to be a Sunday show, it appeals to the kind of audience they’re looking for.

  • Desperate Houseboy

    The Good Wife was amazing last night. I hope it won’t drop next year.

  • T

    Hopefully REvenge falls for the next few weeks.

  • Ram510

    Poor OUAT the show deserves better. ABC really screwed this one up like they’ve done many time over the years (Twin Peaks?)

    But I’m sure it’ll bounce back in the Fall and hopefully the Wonderland experiment works out for them durin the Olympics.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    “Once Upon A Time scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from last week’s 2.1″

    That should be 2.0, not 1.0! Wow, I caught my first typo here in years! :-)

    Revenge was good, and the rating being up is good if it doesn’t adjust down.

  • BigBrotherFan

    HAHA! Think ABC might be inclined to RUSH OUT those 666 PARK AVE episodes now!?


    So so for REVENGE…Hope they can escape the MESS OF AIDEN has done to the show this season. KILL. HIM. OFF!

  • TomZ

    Family guy wins the night (of broadcast channels), but probably it losts against Game of thrones.

  • The End

    @It’s the quality of OUAT that has led to the drop in ratings.

    I agree, as said we’ve seen quite a few dreadfully written episodes lately. And the decent episodes that do air are negated by bad ones the week later.

    I can only hope that Season 3 starts off stronger and that they get rid of some of the weaker writers bringing this show down.

    Considering the type of show this is, it needs a long running storyline like Season 1 had.

    Absolutely certain if Season 3 gains some sense of direction and the writing improves, the numbers will climb back up to where they were before.

  • Mona

    @Raul I agree it was a bed move for ABC to replace one of there biggest successor(Desperate Housewives) with Revenge. I personally think Devious Maids would have done better in the Sunday 9/8c timeslot

  • LB_Jeff

    Watch the DVR+7 number for Revenge. It has been getting up to a 50% adjustment, taking it to almost a 3.0 demographic rating. OUAT hasn’t been getting quite the same boost, but it’s been doing well in those adjustments, too.

  • Josh

    I think you made a goof in your little paragraph it said once upon a time got a 1.0 when on the grid breakdown it shows 2.0

  • Jerry

    I have to agree that I think the quality of the show is causing OUAT’s decline, not the scheduling so much. I enjoyed it last season but this season has been a mess. I really wish they wouldn’t push forward with the spinoff (and I can’t believe ABC accepting it?) until they get the writing for this show cleaned up.

    A few quick pointers:
    – Stop the Fairytale land flashbacks. It just seems like they are being done because they have to be at this point. They are a waste of screen time.
    – Stop having the writers for each episode in bubbles (at least that’s what it seems like)
    – Keep characters consistent. Regina just walks up to Henry last night and says I’m going to kill everyone and take you back to Fairytale land? Get out of here. And then she waves her hands to make him forget when she doesn’t like the answer. Lazy writing.

  • Max Vrany

    ABC owns Once and Revenge. A renewal for this fall all but guarantees the syndication gods make ABC give the shows fourth seasons.

  • forg

    Sad for OUAT

    Red Widow should have ended sooner (ABC should not have aired reruns and ended it early). Shark Tank reruns will likely do better on that slot

  • Ann

    OUAT has lost a lot of the charm and novelty they had last year although I love some of the new characters made regulars this year, namely Belle and Hook, but the show is just not the same. They’ve got too much going on and they leave stories for episodes at a time. Plus, the show has gotten so dark this year. A man ripping his wife’s heart out and crushing it, an old woman being thrown out a window, others having their hearts ripped out, tongues being ripped out, last night a scene of dead bodies strewing the ground. Seriously, they just need to lighten up some, lol.

  • J

    Wait on the descrition it says OUAT got a 1.0 when it is suppose to get a 2.0.

  • Ram510

    And as it turns out ABC should’ve let Desperate Housewives run for the final 9th season that everyone had signed on for. Revenge could’ve been on at 10 and people could get used to it being on Sunday then switch it to 9 fall 2013.

  • Ann

    @Jerry, I agree with some of what you said, although I don’t think the scheduling has helped it at all. But the inconsistently in the characters is very apparent.

  • Skylar James

    @The End: yes they do, if they want to avoid going up against sport events and award shows. Sundays are better suited for reality/talent shows that dont require you to follow them every week

  • cas

    If only they took into account DVR+7 viewing numbers when renewing shows. I do think they will both be renewed but I am worried for next year. I think it is a combination of things. Scheduling, plots, added cast, etc. I personally like both shows just as much as last year. I think Sunday’s have been down across the board for some time now though.

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