TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time' Dips, 'The Simpsons' & 'American Dad' Flat + 'Revenge' & 'Betrayal' Slide

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October 7th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.9/13 3.8/10 2.1/6 1.5/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.5/14 3.0/10 2.3/7 1.2/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 12.608 15.156 4.597 5.298 2.946


NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC & CBS (NFL Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.  In San Diego, the NFL Network's coverage of the San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders game aired on the CBS affiliate, which means CBS numbers may be inflated.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

On NBC  Sunday Night Football, which featured a match-up between the Texans and the 49ers earned a preliminary 5.7, down a full ratings point from last week's preliminary 6.7  adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11PM.

On CBS, The start of prime was delayed by 44 minutes in the Eastern and Central timezones, making preliminary ratings essentially worthless. In San Diego, the NFL Network's coverage of the San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders game aired on the CBS affiliate, which means CBS numbers are subject to inflation as well. Check back tomorrow for the finals to get accurate, non-scrambled ratings for 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race , The Good Wife and The Mentalist.

On FOX, The Simpsons matched last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Bob’s Burgers garnered a 1.9, down three tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy notched a 2.5, down a tenth from last week's 2.6  adults 18-49 rating. American Dad was even with last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Once Upon A Time scored a 2.5, down a tenth from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were spot on!  Revenge garnered a 1.9, down four tenths from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic. Betrayal notched a 1.1, down four tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 6, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM CBS Football Overrun/60 Minutes 8.3 24 26.88
NBC Football Night in America 2.1 6 6.43
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.2 4 3.19
ABC Once Upon a Time-R 0.6 2 2.88
7:30PM NBC Football Night in America 3.6 10 9.98
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.8 5 4.24
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America/ Pre-Kick 4.9 13 12.78
CBS 60 Minutes/The Amazing Race 3.2 9 14.97
FOX The Simpsons 2.9 8 6.31
ABC Once Upon a Time 2.5 7 7.65
8:30PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11PM) 5.7 15 14.35
FOX Bob's Burgers 1.9 5 4.22
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 2.5 6 5.21
CBS the Amazing Race/ The Good Wife 2.1 5 9.37
ABC Revenge 1.9 5 6.69
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.1 5 4.42
10:00 PM CBS The Good Wife/The Mentalist 1.8 5 9.41
ABC Betrayal 1.1 3 3.97

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




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  • Fred

    Plot wise its probably too little too late for REVENGE. I’m a fan but the first season thrill is gone. Unlike old nighttime soaps like Dallas, Knots Landing, Dynasty, Melrose Place etc… Revenge is prematurely getting weaker. The aforementioned soaps were still growing (ratings and quality) at their third season.

  • Matt

    In order to refresh ABC Sunday, ABC REALLY needs to move Greys back to Sundays but at 9PM. ONCE can stay put at 8PM, put Greys at 9PM, then move Revenge to 10PM. This should really happen by the time the shows return for their second part of their seasons. If Revenge can get a 1.9 out of a 2.5, imagine what it could get out of a 3.0 lead in such as GREYS. In order to save Revenge, should place their strongest veteran show Greys in front of it on Sundays. And Greys has already aired on Sundays before, so this would make sense.

  • Andrew Dias

    I feel sorry for Revenge since the show is starting to really improve. And I love the show.

    @Matt, stop it. I don’t see ABC potentially sacrificing Grey’s in order to salvage Revenge.

  • r0ckmypants

    @romo – I cannot possibly make this any easier for you to comprehend. It’s like talking to a child.

    CBS’s Schedule:

    7:00 – 60 Minutes
    8:00 – The Amazing Race
    9:00 – The Good Wife
    10:00 – The Mentalist

    Last Night’s Schedule:

    7:44 – 60 Minutes
    8:44 – The Amazing Race
    9:44 – The Good Wife
    10:44 – The Mentalist


  • Bryce

    Totally unrelated,

    But what does everyone think Scandal’s second episode’s rating will be?

    Im thinking a 3.1-3.2; 9.2 million viewers, but a part of me has a belief that it wont slide that much, especially since the premiere was undeniably brilliantly plotted, fast-paced, and greatly-acted.

  • Shaun

    First world problem rant incoming: CBS better renew The Good Wife. I’m sick of it being delayed. My DVR recording was all messed up because of it. Now I have to wait for a couple days before its up on demand. Seriously? At least give it another timeslot or something. The Mentalist isn’t being treated well too. I watch that show but I can live a few days without the new episode. But the Good Wife! /end first world problem rant.

  • aciel

    at least one good thing came out of revenges rating at least it held 1.9 out of its 2.5 lead in

  • a p garcia

    Hope Revenge goes up for the finals, 60 minutes deserves a title change to 30 minutes.

  • aciel

    but if ouat goes up which im sure it will because so far this season has been so amazing then it will probably save revenge

  • hanp

    ABC- OUAT appears stable. Revenge could be higher. Next few weeks will be critical. Betrayal is a goner…
    CBS- practically useless and hard to analyze due FB overruns…
    FOX- The Simpson’s Holloween special delivers as always. I sometimes think The Simpsons will outlive us all. Lol. BB should have been higher while FG and AD are about par.
    NBC-its all about the football.

  • aciel

    maybe because scandal spoiled us so much last season that it made us not appreciate revenge anymore. its no wonder scandal goes up while revenge goes down. the success scandal has couldnve been the success revenge had if it kept the quality of the first season going but sadly not.

  • HalCapone

    Other people have suggested ABC should or might consider moving Greys back to Sunday and putting Revenge as the lead out show but my guess is that ABC would argue why fix something that isn’t broken (on Thursdays). Sunday will always be a tough night (for half the season) against football. The Sunday 10pm hour is no doubt bigger tune in time for those wanting to see the last half of the game. Debuting new shows at 10pm any night, especially if there is not a monster hit as a lead in show is a huge challenge and up against football would take a miracle to succeed with high ratings. In my opinion, ABC has put up some good counter programming, most of which has had more female appeal but nothing has worked so far. Honestly, I believe even Brothers and Sisters would be struggling to stay out of the low to mid 1’s nowadays. I think re-broadcasting Scandal at 10pm Sundays makes more sense than the Tuesday re-broadcast. Too bad they couldn’t make it a re-broadcast with a few different scenes added or some commentary provided by the actors (similar to those bonus DVD features).

  • alffan

    OUAT has the advantage of only going up against half a football game. I also think since TAR runs late now, that hurts Revenge because it is stronger. We also had the Dodgers and Braves playoff game last night which we did not have the week before.

  • Rob R

    Good Wife rebounded without “quality television” competition from Breaking Bad. Still several million better than “Revenge” in Total viewers.

  • Bryce


    ABC does not need to fix what is not broken, and what is not broken is its Thursday nights. Grey’s has been a staple Thursday show for literally the last 7 years and to chance the downfall of a staple series’ success to save a dwindling show with a fluctuating audience is ludicrous. To be honest, ABC should’ve let Desperate Housewives finish into its ninth season like it was supposed to and kept Revenge in its Wednesday time-slot. Perhaps it’s viewership/ratings wouldn’t have capsized as much as it did and it would’ve maintained a stronger audience and been more prepared it for a time-slot as tough as Sunday nights.

  • romo

    To rock:
    You keep insisting 7.00 but again that sonly for non DH weekends.
    This was a DH weekend so the OFFICIAL OFFICIAL OFFICIAL Astart time for 60 minutes is 7.30 not 7.00.

    Its even listed in the program guides as 7.30 not 7.00

    7.00 on non DH weekends
    7.30 on DH weekends which this was

    This was a DH weekend so OFFICIAL time is 7.30
    7.30 7.30 7.30

  • Joseph

    I was surprised that the 4:25 P.M. EDT NFL game on CBS (Denver at Dallas) did better than the prime-time game (Houston at San Francisco), considering that fewer people were watching TV at the earlier hour.

  • TP

    @ HalCapone

    so… scandal should be on tuesdays 10pm, thursdays 10pm and sundays 10pm!!

  • alffan

    ABC needs to stop jerking around and do this:

    Sun (Fall-Spring)
    7:00 AFHV
    8:00 DWTS
    10:00 20/20

    Sun (Winter)
    7:00 AFHV
    8:00 The Bachelorette
    10:00 20/20

    Mon (Fall)
    8:00 The Bachelor
    10:00 Castle

    Mon (Winter-Spring)
    8:00 Once Upon A Time
    9:00 Revenge
    10:00 New Drama (Winter) Castle (Spring)

    That way they run 22 straight weeks without interruption and they have only half of the Voice to compete against.

    CBS will be weaker moving forward.

  • Nick

    ABC has a soap opera boycott? Really?

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