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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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Dorothy5334

    Patrick G
    @ Paul…Sunday is the new Friday.

    Sunday most certainly is NOT the new Friday, you moron! Most of the huge volume of viewers last night were simply watching all the football on 2 of the 4 networks, which explains why ratings were down so much on ABC and CBS. “Revenge” is doing fine against such male-heavy viewership on this night, though I DO wish ABC would cancel “Nashville” and move “Revenge” back to Wednesdays at 10. It was a better home for it there!
    Do you really have to call him a moron.. Seriously, a lot of people think that.. Even though it’s not true, it doesn’t make him a moron..

  • niceguy

    CBS should get rid of TGW and replace it with Unforgettable.
    ABC should move Revenge to 10pm

  • Wow

    The good wife actually gained viewers over amazing race, but lost 0.6 on 18-49. Suppose they were allw a thing twd by the sounds of things haha

  • MNP

    The Good Wife has become like Fringe for me, a show that I root against.

  • Hel-luhr


  • CBSviewer

    @ SJ

    I think they will move NCIS: LA to Sundays

    NCIS: Los Angeles is CBS’s #2 Drama and they own it. I can’t see the Show moving to Sundays now. It will maybe move to Mondays or Wednesdays but it’s unlikely.

  • Tim

    I gotta admit, I used to enjoy OUAT but I’m getting bored with the Neverland story line. The less they focus on Henry, the better the show is.

  • david

    Newsflash: All shows down because TWD had a monster 16 million viewers

  • Robert


    Yeah, it’s probably belittling but I’m assuming that is the intention because it elicits more discussion. But at the end of the day, someone doesn’t watch a tv show because they choose not to. Yes, there may be reasons, but those reasons generally don’t have to be taken into consideration with statistics. Besides the syndication rule, the ratings game is relatively straight forward.

  • Rich

    TWD is why the numbers are low everywhere. Repeat of season 3 finale at 8, season 4 premiere at 9 and “Talking Dead” at 10.

    TWD BEAT Sunday Night Football. No broadcast show can beat SNF.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I happen to think REVENGE will not be canceled. How much do you want to bet if it was a cable network would at least pick it up for one season of 13 episodes (a format that would do the show some good!). The show is getting confusing and I think with Aiden written back into the story it will continue to go lower. He does nothing but confuse and drag everything.

    Those are horrible numbers for THE GOOD WIFE pretty much the only CBS show I think is half decent. I don’t get why more people aren’t watching this? I get it’s slow but the cast is one of the best on network tv.

  • BD

    @TIM – It seems like they are going to wrap up this Henry Arc in Neverland soon, or that’s what it seems like. Either way I hope they get to more exciting things but no way can they drag this out for an entire season. Last season was a little slow to start off with as well but I think the last 15 episodes were very good.

  • Jon

    There isn’t another drama except maybe maos that could do better in revenges timeslot.

  • Jon

    @bigbrother…..actually Revenge has become a lot less confusing this year. It has simplified and dumbed things down to early season one type storylines. It has done exactly what the fans wanted.

  • Arysta

    OUAT sucks ever since season 2 started. People are finally noticing.

  • Vanquished

    Wow. 4 o’clock football beat Sunday Night Football?

  • Nathan


    LMAO! This is the funniest comment I’ve ever read on TVBTN.

  • Corey

    Revenge is my all time favourite show and yes the numbers are low, but you are honestly missing out because that episode was amazing. It wont be cancelled for the reason that it is still doing well. Its winning the time slot and ABC still believes in it. If you don’t watch it your missing out!

  • Art

    The Mentalist still came in 20th among all network broadcasts. Doing so opposite NFL Football, which got a monster rating, Major League Baseball Playoffs, and The Walking Dead, which also got a monster rating.. Overall it’s numbers are down, but so is everything on network. The same rules that applied 3-4 years ago don’t matter anymore. Network tv is clearly judged on a curve now.

  • Jake Brieno

    American’s and their TVs. Over the top is an understatement. Usually, I see complaining as a waste of time, but people who comment about “Oh, no, that show is going down it ratings, it’ll be gone by spring.” Just shut your bloody mouth. It’s a TV show. If you enjoyed an episode more than the ratings suggest, go with your own feelings. Not some statistical babble. And for the hooligans who cant spell correctly. You illiterate sheep make the ‘American’s are stupid’ stereotype all more compelling.

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