TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon A Time' & 'Revenge' Down, 'The Good Wife', 'The Mentalist' & 'Betrayal' Hit Lows

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October 14th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.0/16 3.6/9 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.3/16 3.1/9 1.1/3 0.8/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 16.032 11.355 5.382 9.091 3.008


NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC & FOX (NFL Football & MLB Baseball)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

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

On NBC  Sunday Night Football, which featured a match-up between the Cowboys and the Redskins earned a preliminary 7.3 up 28 percent  from last week's preliminary 5.7  adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11PM.

On CBS, 60 Minutes scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 61 percent from last week’s football-delayed 3.8. The Amazing Race garnered a series low 1.8 down 25 percent  from last week’s 2.4. The Good Wife notched a series low 1.2 down 25 percent from last week’s 1.6. The Mentalist earned a series low 1.3 down 13 percent from last week’s 1.5.

On FOX, NFL Football scored a preliminary 8.0 a ults 18-49 rating.  Game 2 of the MLB Baseball ALCS Playoffs notched a preliminary 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 41 percent from Saturday's 1.7.

On ABC, the season premiere of America’s Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 27 percent from a 1.5 for last season’s premiere on October 7 ,2012 and ranking as its lowest rated premiere ever.  Once Upon A Time scored a 2.3 down 12 percent from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Revenge garnered a 1.7 down 11 percent from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Betrayal notched a series low 0.9 down 18 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 13, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football (Saints/Patriots) - Live 8.0/25 23.13
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 1.9/6 5.67
CBS 60 Minutes 1.5/5 10.58
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - Season Premiere 1.1/3 5.15
7:30 FOX NFL Football/The OT - Live 6.3/18 18.15
NBC Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 3.2/9 8.73
8:00 NBC Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 5.8/15 15.36
FOX  Baseball (Tigers/Redsox) 8-11PM - Live 2.4/6 8.26
ABC Once Upon A Time 2.3/6 7.36
CBS  The Amazing Race 1.8/5 8.07
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football:  (Cowboys/Redkins -Live (8:30-11PM) 7.3/18 19.65
9:00 ABC Revenge 1.7/4 6.02
CBS The Good Wife 1.2/3 8.36
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.3/3 9.35
ABC Betrayal 0.9/2 3.00

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




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  • CBSviewer

    @ SJ

    I will say this: no way CBS doesn’t go back to the “premiere 3 dramas in the fall” formula next season

    Why ?
    If CBS cancels The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Hostages and Intelligence there will be enough room to premiere three new dramas next fall. Plus CBS could keep their 2-Hour Comedy block on Thursday and Undercover Boss in the Fall.

    if Intelligence somehow manages to get renewed, Hawaii 5-0 could also be saying goodbye

    Hawaii Five-0 is too valuable for CBS to be in danger especially with the ratings it’s getting on Friday.

  • John A

    This Revenge V Scandal thing is boring. Revenge is mediocre at best and Scandal is terrible. Desperate Housewives was the best show ABC made.

  • Nikki

    Does anyone know when the cable ratings will be out for sunday. Im looking to see how Witches of East End did. Its great.

  • Baseball4Ever


  • Paris




  • Katherine

    Yeah, i’m at the point of “a pox on both your houses” on the Scandal and Revenge fans. And please don’t try to justify yourselves. There is plenty of poor behavior going around.

  • Adam

    Is this Revenge vs. Scandal thing STILL going?

    Can’t we just enjoy discussing the shows without the other being brought into it. I’m a fan of both but neither Revenge’s fans nor Scandal’s are doing any favours to them.

  • JJF

    Sunday Night is becoming the new Friday night for scripted television.

  • Nosey

    Ratings will be low b/c it is up against NFL, ratings look pretty balanced to me, it’s not like any one show dominates, don’t think any show will do too well against sports, networks will cancel a show and put a new show that will not do any better

  • reidjr


    This should not be about who wins what award but how good the show is.

  • Joe

    @ Paris

    WOW, that was harsh lol. But also very true :)
    By February Revenge will be struggling to stay above a 1.0, at which point ABC will decide to cut it’s loses and realize that syndication is not worth renewing such an embarrassing show! Meanwhile, Scandal will continue to be the face of the the network for years to come.

  • Steve A

    And for the people saying Scandals main storyline of sleeping with the president can only go on for so long, what fo you say to the Revenge against the Graysons plotline?

  • Hel-luhr

    I doubt CBS will just up and cancel their most critically acclaimed show (TGW) without at least FIRST attempting schedule triage and moving it away. Yes don’t jump on me with the Fan Excuse Bingo but if a bubble show has critical acclaim, it is a factor that goes into the mix of whether they stick with it in another time slot perhaps.

    Also I would like to echo the question of what factors are legitimate and not just Fan Excuse Bingo. I would love to know at what point Bill or other admins on this site would say that the 18-49ers’ eyeballs are being dragged away if a 10.4 M for Walking Dead and 6-8 M for sports playoffs don’t cut it. Because that just strains credulity. What is the magic number , if 30 million 18-49er eyeballs are dragged for the premiere of a highly anticipated show or playoffs? Or is it never :p

  • Hel-luhr

    And before anyone answers (if someone answers at all), I am not taking about the general anemic ratings for Good Wife and Mentalist and perhaps Revenge. I was trying to pin down the phenomenon of why there was a 0.3-0.4 drop in the 18-49 share for CBS last night in particular. And perhaps a slight drop in Revenges share. I am we’ll aware CBS didn’t have football overrun which sometimes boosts the rest of its night. If that is what people rest their laurels on in terms of factors, fair enough.

  • reidjr


    Look at Revenge part of the reason ratings are low is due to the storyline getting old for many.

  • Body of Poof

    There’s no one to blame, but OUAT themselves.

  • reidjr


    I give Scanadal one more year maybe 2 before ratings really start to drop unless they make major changes and don’t drag the storyline on and on.

  • Gleebo

    “Baseball a good sport but becoming a regional sport, and is buried under football’s (both college and pro) national dominance. This was a baseball playoff game against a football regular season game- and football still crushed it.
    Shorten the season, which gets it out from football’s shadow, and it makes each baseball game even more important.”

    Baseball is doing just fine for itself. This season overall attendance at games was only down 1% from 2012 and still the 6th highest attendance of any season in history.

    The ratings shares will never be what football is or what it used to be because of more channel options and that’s just fine. You don’t mess with a tradition of length of seasons just to end the playoffs before football starts.

    The only thing the drop in ratings might ever change for MLB is losing its deal with FOX which they just renewed last year to run through 2021.

    Personally I would love to see MLB move from FOX and go exclusively to TBS and the MLB network. Anything to get away from FOXs Saturday blackouts and hearing Joe Buck ever again.

  • Steve A

    I see that @reidjr. But I’m not sure that the revenge story line is to blame. I think the odd direction of season two is the main culprit. I have to admit I liked Revenge. But it irks me with the Scandal bashing. I will stop bashing Revenge. I apologize for making the comment section unenjoyable for anyone

  • Ron

    Even DVRs cannot keep up with CBS Sunday night scheduling. No wonder The Mentalist is falling. I never know when it’s gonna start.

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