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

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  • A

    2 words MOTHER’S DAY!

  • Sam

    Revenge was truly satisfying and the season has been back to form ever since the big event episode 14.

    People need to watch it over the summer and come back to it. And ABC needs to do something about the airing of the episodes.

  • HalCapone

    @Amanda Kondolojy
    Please reconcile your text and chart for Survivor. Is it 2.6 or 2.2 for last evening’s finale?

  • Shepherd


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

    Revenge killed itself. The only thing ABC did was shift their promotion dollars to a show that would actually benefit. I don’t buy into the long breaks/ airing against awards competition excuses.

  • Liam


    Survivor got a 2.6.
    The reunion show got a 2.2.

    Its all in the table.

  • Jeffk

    Also, for the first time ever last night I watched Revenge instead of Game of Thrones. It was a great decision; Revenge finale was insanely great while GoT was crap last night. The fact that GoT demo will probably slay Revenge on GoT’s worst episode of the series vs Revenge’s best in the series is killing me slowly right now.

  • Michael

    Family Guy: 2.4

    Revenge: 1.6


  • Amy

    Revenge waited too long to turn things around. The people who stopped watching aren’t coming back.

  • Alan

    Revenge :( I hope ABC moves it back to Wednesdays or Thursdays at least.

  • Samunto

    If you read the text you’d know that the ratings for Survivor don’t match.

    Really bad for Survivor.

    Will Celeb Apprentice really ever revive from bad ratings after the awful all star edition?! DWTS didn’t if the spring edition is anything to go by. And the Trump is still touting a renewal or the No.1 show!

  • Joseph

    I just hope abc move revenge to midweek as it really is a midweek guilty pleasure- something is telling me though that it will be moved to 10:00 on sundays

  • zerg

    Revenge needs to be moved…It won’t survive aganist Grammy’s, Winter Olympics,crazy schedule,bad plot as

    OUAT spin-off(December-February run until the Oscar) seems will be sacrificed to save OUAT..

    We’ll see tomorrow

  • Aquitar

    And THIS is why Revenge needs to move away from Sundays. The finale was AMAZING and renewed my faith (and interest) in the show. Don’t be stupid ABC. Hopefully it adjusts up in the finals! OUAT finale was kind of lackluster however in my opinion.

  • iMember

    ABC should do this, if they don’t put Revenge back on Wed @ 10.

    Thursday nights
    8PM – Greys Anatomy
    9PM – Scandal
    10PM – Revenge

    I think that could work possibly.

  • Michael

    Celebrity Apprentice is down because all the controversial, exciting, and big personality celebrities have been fired already. Penn, while very nice, intelligent, and successful he doesn’t have an exciting persona. Trace Adkins? He has the personality of a dead fish!

  • Andrew Dias


    I highly doubt ABC will move Grey’s Anatomy up a slot when has spent much of its history basically dominating that slot.

  • bluejays

    Not great numbers for Revenge but hardly as terrible as some are saying considering some of the lows we’ve been seeing for weeks now across the nets.

  • Lena


    They can’t put Scandal at nine, because of the content.

    @Lisbeth Slander

    Scandal offers tons of sex scenes. Take that away, I wonder how many would watch…Revenge relies more on an actual plot without sex.

  • gerry

    hope revenge adjusts up. i hope they move it away from sunday. scheduling along with (first half of the season) poor writing really hit this show hard. i was really hoping the finale would be back around 2.0 – it was a great ender for the season!

  • Janie

    The thing about Revenge is it just seems that so many characters are so poorly “acted” imo that I can hardly get through it any more. I love the show so I wish they would clean that up. I mean, can the daughter get any worse. Anyway, imo, there are several that are just not believable to me and I hear that a lot. Fans are shocked but the numbers don’t lie in that people are not watching in big numbers and I think part of that is because of some of the characters and the fact that they are simply not believable.

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