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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  • Holly


    So you want them to launch new shows on Sunday and Friday in order to protect The Mentalist, a 6 year old show they don’t own?

  • r0ckmypants

    @Josh – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was originally (and I would think still) planned to air during Once’s hiatus, so the parent show could air in two solid blocks without random repeats in the winter/spring.

  • Nope

    I stopped watching OUAT a handful of eps in to 2nd season.. I thought it was terrible and a big drop in quality. However, I went back on PVR and powered through everything, and it’s gotten much better again.

    It shouldn’t be a 22-episode series, there isn’t enough there. Looks like all the fans went with me early in this season as well.. shame.. because based on the last 8 episodes it deserves to be renewed.

    Still guessing it will be though.

  • Brian

    Let’s face it, OUAT has been just running in circles all season, the writers are just stringing us along and now people are bored with it..like myself..Kill Regina already!

    as for Revenge, well if ABC renews it they also had better renew Body Of Proof which is matching the demo and beating Revenge in millions of viewers every time!

    Renew Body Of Proof!

  • TheFrenchGuy

    The Mentalist will move to Friday at 9 next season. After all it is not owned by CBS and the Show will probably end soon. The Good Wife moves to Sunday at 10 and Hawaii Five-0 will replace it at 9.
    I think CBS is wasting Sunday with The Mentalist. I like the Show but it’s so low if you compare with what CSI: Miami did last year. Friday is a better slot for The Mentalist and it will be good paired with Blue Bloods.

  • Holly


    How is The Mentalist wasting Sunday and The Good Wife not? TGW gets lower ratings at an earlier hour.

  • Dan S

    H50 is already slated to move to Fri at 9pm this summer. I expect that’s where it’s going to stay next fall, I could see The Mentalist flip flopping timeslots with Good Wife since TM seems to have longer legs than TGW. Beverly Hills Cop will likely air on Mon at 10pm leaving only 2 other hrs open assuming UB is midseason again.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    @ Holly

    I was talking about The Mentalist but that’s right The Good Wife is wasting Sunday at 9. I think CBS would do better if they pair The Amazing Race with Survivor or Undercover Boss. I wonder why CBS moved Undercover Boss because its ratings were amazing on Sunday at 9.

  • JP

    I am a HUGE OUAT fan and have enjoyed this second season although not as good as season 1; however for the first time ever I found myself zoning in and out of last night’s epiosode. I think the two characters (cannot stand the woman) trying to “kill” magic is a HUGE mistake. I do not care anything about these two characters at all. Hopefully the writers will end this storyline very soon. I was very encouraged from next weeks previews, especially with the possibilities of “Neverland”. I can see the reason for the decline in the ratings, especially after this episode. Hopefully the writers will take notice and focus more on the “fairytale land” side of things. Rumple and Regina were great as always though and it was good to see Hook back.

  • Overdamoon

    If some strong network like CBS renews a lackey like TGW then the weaker ABC better damn well renews Revenge!!!

    Revenge always ends after The Mentalist begins so they often make me miss parts of each show. Both were really good last night.

  • MichaelChickless


    They don’t need any stinkin’ new shows!

    ;-) :-)

  • Holly


    Fair enough. I can see why they would want to avoid having 2 of their 3 unscripted shows run back to back, but they haven’t had much success on the night.


    Haha. :D

  • The End

    A good example of many of poor writing would be the Robin Hood episode in Once Upon a Time, though they got the basic point of the essence of the character. Stealing to help the poor etc. They basically shoehorned the character into the episode and his appearance was pretty much pointless in the long run. Then of course you have the other story with Mr Gold/Rumple and Lacey/Belle which seemed really cheesy.

    You don’t need to add characters to the story for the sake of doing so, they could of used the episodes A and B story in a much more effective way.

  • The End

    @Kill Regina already!

    Why in the world would you kill off the best character in this show? With one of the best actresses in the show even. Although she won’t be killed off this season, or next I would imagine, you don’t kill off a character most people adore and watch the show for.

  • beached

    When is NBC going to cancel the garbage known as Celebrity Apprentice. The Donald must be pulling his comb-over out for finishing last again.

  • thesnowleopard

    I’d be very surprised if OuaT gets canceled while it’s still north of a 2.0. I mean, look at those CBS numbers. CBS has an even higher bear threshold than ABC and it still renewed TGW and The Mentalist at well below 2.0.

    I’d be kind of surprised if Revenge got canceled, too. It may be getting in the ones, but at least it’s fairly steady.

  • thesnowleopard

    @The End
    While I would agree that Regina is a very popular character, I wouldn’t go so far as to say she’s “adored.” A lot of people love to hate her and a quite-large section of the fandom just plain hates her.

    Also, just because she’s popular, doesn’t mean the writers aren’t perilously close to jumping the shark with her and almost being forced to kill her off for the sake of the show. I think they need to figure out what to do with her next season (assuming they don’t just up and decide to shock everybody by killing her off) in a way that avoids this season’s curdling mixture of too-nasty and too-much-plot-armor. She’s getting too one-dimensional. Like it or not, if the character’s gonna stick around, she’s gotta grow for real or she’ll turn into the show’s version of Sylar.

  • Jon

    I’ve said this before….Revenge should have never been moved from weds night. It would be getting 2.5 and above consistently

  • CBSviewer

    @ Jon

    For me, Revenge was moved from Wednesday to Sunday for two reasons:
    1) ABC needed Wednesday at 10 to premiere a new drama (Nashville).
    2) Revenge is very similar to Desperate Housewives. Maybe ABC wanted to re-create DH success with Revenge.

  • Josh

    I really hope Revenge gets adjusted up to a 1.8 or 1.9. They are finally wrapping up some storylines that should have been wrapped up awhile ago. Can’t wait to see if Nolan finds Victoria’s son. I really hope Emily gets with Jack. I don’t want to see Jack with Ashley. Emily should come clean to Jack and they should join forces.

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