TV Ratings Sunday: 'Revenge' Finale Dips, 'Once' Flat + 'Cleveland' Slides & 'Celebrity Apprentice' Hits Low

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May 13th, 2013

Revenge Finale

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.1/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.2/4 1.7/6 0.8/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.607 6.369 3.352 3.965 2.030


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

NOTE: vs. last week A18-49 usage was -7% from 7-10p and -5% from 7-11p                                                                                                 

On FOX, a double shot of The Cleveland Show earned a 0.8 at 7 and a 1.0 at 7:30, both down from its last original, which earned a 1.2. The Simpsons matched last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Bob's Burgers notched a 1.6, down a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy earned a 2.4, up a tenth from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. American Dad earned a 1.9, down four tenths from the 2.3 its last episode earned (where it aired outside of primetime).

On CBS, 60 Minutes garnered a 1.5, up three tenths from last week's season low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Survivor earned a 2.6 from 8-10PM for its finale. However, the finale lasted until 10:09 so expect adjustments tomorrow in the finals.Last year's spring finale earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Survivor reunion special notched a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.4, down a tenth from last week's 1.5 18-49 rating. Once Upon a Time matched last week's 2.2. Your predictions were too optimistic.  The two hour finale of Revenge earned a 1.6, down two tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice scored a season low 1.3, down two tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 12, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS 60 Minutes 1.5 6 10.12
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4 5 6.28
NBC The Voice -R (7-9PM) 1.0 4 3.78
FOX The Cleveland Show 0.8 3 1.92
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 1.0 4 2.22
8:00 PM CBS Survivor: Caramoan (8-10PM) 2.6 8 9.98
ABC Once Upon a Time 2.2 7 7.22
FOX The Simpsons 1.9 6 4.05
8:30 PM FOX Bob's Burgers 1.6 5 3.27
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 2.4 7 4.72
ABC Revenge (9-11PM) 1.6 4 6.04
NBC All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (9-11PM) 1.3 4 4.15
9:30PM FOX American Dad 1.9 5 3.94
10:00 PM CBS Survivor Reunion 2.2 6 8.35

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



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  • Seth

    Time for ABC to do a Revenge spinoff?

  • Morris

    Wow. All those ratings suck. It is like getting a 2.0 is an achievement now.

  • DW

    wow on CA thats bad. so is TCS.

  • israelCD

    OMFG Revenge !!! Awful Ratings !!!

  • eridapo

    Hey ABC… There is still time to change your mind about Revenge. Those numbers are dreadful.

  • BlueAndGreenHair (former BigFlop)

    SRN (former ABC) destroy Revenge and OUAT.
    who’s next?

  • John

    Revenge finale was not good. What a bunch of liars.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Please NOOOOOOOOOOOO Revenge spoilers!

    I watched the SURVIVOR finale last night

    and if my teeth looked like that DAWN I quit the game too! YIKES

  • greysfan

    How can THAT finale of Revenge only score a 1.6. What is wrong with the American viewing public. I really hope season 3 returns bigger. Will be interested to see where ABC slot Revenge next season.

  • iMember

    Ugh, so angry right now. Revenge deserved to crack 2.0 and to be honest, it deserves to be higher than Once. Last night’s finale was just sooooooo good! I seriously hope it adjusts up and I hope that Season 3 has big premiere numbers like Season 2 did.

    Also, I think ABC should move it back to Wed. @ 10. Sunday night is just horrible with ABC’s terrible scheduling.

  • Loor_5

    Revenge! :(( Revenge must be on Thursdays at 10:00 PM or Wednesday.

  • Dan T

    You’re a writer for a professional industry website. You continuously make grammatical errors in your ratings news pieces. There is no apostrophe in plural words like dogs or burgers and there should be no apostrophe in Burgers of Bob’s Burgers.

  • Brett

    Hope the Revenge finale was as great as you say. I’m going to watch it on-demand. I use to love the show and then just got bored with it. Seem nobody is talking about it now. It’s become a show you’re embarrassed to say you even watch!

  • Liam

    Ouch at ONCE and Revenge. Not great numbers. I do think season 3 could be the last for both shows, if the ratings are going t continue to drop next season.

    But one thing I can say for ONCE is that the total viewership and the 18-49 demo has been stable since February averaging the 7 mill mark and in the 2.1-2.3 range since then. And Revenge has been stable-ish. Fluctuating a bit since January from 1.5-2.0 and the 5-6 mill mark. ABC will have a tough decision wether to move the two of them or keep them where they are.

  • JacobYates

    Family Guy was up 2 tenths not 1.

  • were123

    My fan bingo excuse is mother’s day!
    That’s it. I really hope Revenge gets moved to a better timeslot where it can live. As it reached S3, S4 is a certainty, but damn it! I don’t want it to be the next Fringe! I want it to end with 6 seasons and good ratings!

  • Mr Mumble

    Was Revenge renewed for a full season? Could it go to Fridays?

  • SJ

    WHAT?!? Revenge DOWN?!?

    Well congratulations ABC, you’ve successfully killed one of your most successful shows from last season!

    What a bunch of idiots! When the hell is Paul Lee getting fired???

  • omabin

    Revenge deserved way way better, it was mind blowing good! OUAT, while not nearly on par with last year’s finale, did set up for a very good and different season 3.

  • John A

    Terrible for Revenge to drop 2 tenths for your finale no matter what way you spin it

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