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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  • Rebecca

    I agree about that Regina/Henry scene…it was just stupid. Regina’s usually smarter than that, not revealing her plans to everyone. I kept expecting it to be a dream scene and for her to wake up from it.

  • David

    YAY TAR and Family Guy!

    To anyone who is hating on TAR, it won’t leave that timeslot since it’s been there for years now. It’s cheaper than any scripted shows and keeps getting better numbers. Family Guy is having a good season this year as well.

  • Samunto

    Does anyone remember how Dateline was doing as Lead-in for Celeb Apprentice last season?

  • Derek


    In case you don’t remember, OUAT had the same scheduling last year with all the breaks and award shows, etc. OUAT and Revenge’s main problem is themselves. Both shows have been sub par all season. Viewers left, as normally happens when a show has a horrible plot and bad episodes.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I tend to agree with Omabin that the falls of OUAT and Revenge were at least PARTLY caused by the hits they took and the hiatuses they suffered. It’s not ALL quality-based.

    The notion that because they didn’t take such hits in their FIRST season is not convincing. In their first season they had more momentum. Shows lose momentum every year, so a scheduling hit could have more impact in a subsequent season than a first season. This would be amplified by the fact that both shows are highly serial.

    And it’s also possible that such hits are simply more or less random. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • sally

    the only network show I watch on sunday night is The Mentalist

  • Rebecca

    I agree – (SPOILER) and if there was such a thing as a special “trigger” hidden away, why didn’t Regina go get it earlier? Oh, and in my last comment to Jerry I meant not revealing her plans to ANYONE, not everyone. Not even Henry.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I’ll add to that, however, that problems with both shows may prevent them from RECOVERING from such hits.

    As I said, the scheduling hits are only PARTLY to blame for the shows’ spring falls.

  • Michael

    My prediction for Revenge was RIGHT! =)

  • aciel

    well it depends on how good the episodes r next season now that were getting a newshowrunner. revenge has an interesting premise but needs better writers so hopefully someone could get this show back on track next season and possibly even the lost viewers will come back

  • K

    Good for the Good Wife. The show just keeps getting better and better.

  • Elena

    This Sunday’s NY Post featured a piece about the worst shows on television right now. OUAT was sitting smack-dab in the middle of that list. The article discussed how this once-promising show plummeted in quality from S1 to S2…it also highlighted how increasingly terrible the writing and acting have both gotten and how inconsistent the story lines have become this season. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but this article sounds a lot like what many people on here have been saying for months now. OUAT will surely get a 3rd season but I can’t see it going beyond that, not with its ratings plummeting to just 2.0 during sweeps period in its sophomore season. I used to love this show but I haven’t watched in months bc I couldn’t stomach it anymore. It definitely sucks to see it in this position considering how strong it was in S1. It really is too bad. I don’t see it climbing out of the 2.0 range ever again, honestly, bc it seems that many viewers are rapidly losing interest. I really don’t think you can blame scheduling for all its issues. I’m sure having such long breaks isn’t exactly a major help but, come on, it is what it is. People are no longer watching because they just don’t care anymore.

  • Ryne

    Would love to see The Mentalist on a new night in the fall. I think it was a mistake to move from Thursday.

  • Dan

    Once Upon a TIme and Revenge will stay in their slots, my gues is ABC will move Nashville to Sundays at 10 becuase a new show just proves to flop their. 666 never got below a 1.3 in that slot.

    My guess is with CBS, The Good Wife will stay Sundays at 9 and The Mentalist will move to Fridays at 9 and maybe Hawaii 5-0 will move to Sundays at 10 and if thats the case, than CBS could move Elementary to Mondays at 10 or premiere a new show their all together. Airing a new drama on either Sundays or Fridays would be a setup for failure so I think.

    8:00 Amazing Race
    9:00 The Good Wife
    10:00 Hawaii 5-0

    8:00 CSI
    9:00 The Mentalist
    10:00 Blue Bloods

    And Bill, if a new drama flops in CSI’s old slot at Wed 10pm then CBS can simply move CSI back to that Wed 10 slot and air UB Fridays but I really doubt that CBS would pull a Wed at 10 series unless it really bombs, and with both NBC and ABC likely airing new series in that slot, CBS has the most likely chance to win.

  • jT

    once upon a time will rebound

  • glover

    ABC scheduling have ZERO fault for the drop of OUAT and Revenge. Everybody has DVR these days. If people don’t watch an episode because of the Grammys, they DVR it and watch it later and then watch it live the week after.

    I used to watch these two shows and their quality clearly dropped hard. Everybody who watch these shows agree with that. There’s no other excuse for the ratings fall.

  • Dan

    @Ryne – The Mentalist will be on a new night in the fall, Fridays likely at 9. It’s move from Thursdays was inevitable in that CBS usually ships off old series (that air in the 10pm slot during the week) to Sundays or Fridays. Mentalist has done well enough building on Good Wife to avoid being cancelled so CBS wil move it to Fridays to avoid new shows flopping on that night.

  • K


    Because it is a good show, is why.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    glover: “ABC scheduling have ZERO fault for the drop of OUAT and Revenge.”

    It’s impossible to say that with certainty. Impossible.

    “Everybody has DVR these days. If people don’t watch an episode because of the Grammys, they DVR it and watch it later and then watch it live the week after.”

    And except for those watching the same night, that isn’t reflected in the ratings. I bet most people don’t STAY UP after a major event show to watch their DVR stuff, they watch it the next day – which doesn’t count in the Live+Same Day.

  • Dan

    Both OUAT and Revenge will return for full third seasons due to ABC”s other drama failures this season. This also makes Nashville and Body of Proof safe by default. And everyone knows what full third seasons mean……..FULL FOURTH SEASONS.

    FOX is easy to predict for next season now that Cleveland is gone

    8:00 The Simpsons
    8:30 Bob’s Burgers
    9:00 Family Guy
    9:30 American Dad

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