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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  • elizabeth

    @pooty @dante @tom and @denverdean
    haters gonna hate

  • Tom

    Sometimes I wonder if studio executives even watch what they’re programming. I believe a lot of Revenge viewers bailed last season because of all the interruptions in airing the show. This program has a convoluted plot and a lot of viewers probably lost track of the storyline. Any ABC suit worth his Mercedes should have seen that coming. This season’s split season may keep the remaining fans watching, but I don’t see Revenge reclaiming any of its lost audience. I give the show one more season to reach syndication numbers before it gets the axe.

  • mbento

    bye bye Betrayal. I still dont get how abc could lauch this on the fall season… Believe looks much better than this.

    Revenge is still safe by the syndication gods… so one more season could should have.

  • Steve A

    I forgot. Maybe OWN for Revenge??

  • OnceFan

    ONCE did fine, its renewal is a no-brainer at this point. For a fantasy drama, it’s still easy to consider it the most striking success story ABC had to offer since the likes of LOST, DH and Grey’s.

    Revenge is on the brink of cancellation, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d cancel it even considering the syndication rule. There’s only so many woeful ratings downfalls, before a show gets pulled sadly.

    The Good Wife is a flop and will be cancelled after this season.

  • Cle

    Being a Revenge Fan I have also lost faith in revenge. I don’t think it will ever see an upward slide. Its just well written and good storyline and bad ratings coming out. I think it would be wise to enjoy when revenge is on until it gets canceled in this season or next. I am really pissed off. Actually didn’t even wanted to comment..

  • elizabeth

    i agree viewers have just simply lost interest they came back for the premiere but just didn’t seem to be interested in it.

  • aron

    Is it normal for the Simpsons to beat family guy without a direct football overrun or lead in?

  • PurpleDrazi

    The Good Wife up from last week! Although they could be a tad higher in the demo, CBS has a rock-solid 2-hour block with extremely minute attrition of viewers from TGW to TM.

    I see someone chose not to read the bright red text at the top.

  • Samuel

    Shame about Revenge. I thought they were wrong not to move it from the Sunday 9PM slot, and looks like I was right.

    I doubt they’ll change it’s time slot mid season, but could it really hurt? OUAT in Wonderland would hold OUAT’s ratings better.

  • TJ

    “i just feel that fans demand way to much of revenge if they don’t like one thing about it they give up on it like that. ”

    There are simply way too many options on TV for anyone to waste time on a show that they’re not enjoying anymore, for whatever reason. I know I’m personally sick of the Aidan and Jack, which makes me kind of root for the boring Daniel by default, which shouldn’t happen, so that tells me that I too may have to join the viewer exodus and just give up on this show.

  • John A

    Lol Revenge is the new Nikita. Does poorly in the US but amazingly internationaly.

  • KJ

    Serves ABC right for putting scripted crap on Sundays.

  • r0ckmypants

    @mbento – “I still dont get how abc could lauch this on the fall season… Believe looks much better than this.”

    Probably because Believe isn’t an ABC show… it will be on NBC.

  • Nerdbot

    Well, I’m gonna play my Fan Excuse Bingo Card by saying this but, at least Revenge is getting higher numbers than the ones that it got the last season finale (and a couple of episodes that came before that.) I know it sounds delusional, considering that numbers in general decrease during spring time, but knowing this is somehow reassuring.

  • elizabeth

    thats crazy revenge lost 1 million viewers and went down 4 tenths in one episode

  • Networkman

    @Rockmypants, I don’t feel DWTS did enough to actually rejuvenate the show. Yes, the results show is gone so now eliminations are done the same day as the performance show. This just forces a quicker pace. But I don’t think they really brought a new fresh element to the show.

    Also, I’m disappointed in ABC’s scheduling this season. They really set themselves up for failure with Lucky 7. I don’t feel as if they took risk. DWTS really should have been moved to Sunday, regardless of if they were able to obtain the current judges on the show. ABC has to make moves, because I still don’t like Revenge going against The Good Wife.

  • Catriel

    In Argentina there ar a lot of Revenge fans…
    Best scenario:

    8: Greys
    9: Scandal
    10: Revenge

  • Bryce

    Revenge is back to being a flop…
    As long as Once stays above 7 mil I’m good.

  • Shepherd


    I still dont[sic] get how abc could lauch[sic] this on the fall season

    Maybe they spent a disproportionate amount of their budget of AoS and didn’t have much left over to compete for quality programming.


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