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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  • Sierra

    I’m hoping since they’re likely to get a Season 4, ABC will move Revenge and OUAT to another weekday next season. Put DWTS on Sundays…

  • Matt

    Revenge will not be cancelled. Nor will ONCE. Revenge still dominates over The Good Wife in the demo. And ONCE still dominates over TAR in the demo as well. I expect both of them to tick up next week. But for the most part, they’ve been rather stable.

  • alwayshappy


    My statement was mostly based on The Good Wife, which is a shame since it’s easily the best drama on network TV. It has a very hard time slot, always against huge cable shows, and a show that has a familiar audience ( Revenge ).

    If revenge keeps falling even syndication isn’t going to save it.

  • DenverDean

    Forgot to add – the only thing that will save Rev is the rest of ABC’s failing line-up. It won’t be syndication. I mean what is the syndication shelf life of a serial – especially one that has a large batch of poorly reviewed and received episodes (aka The Initiative)? The show has to pick it up.

  • Damon

    Oh Revenge down again so far the season has been meh and really enjoyed Once Upon A Time last night and then The Walking Dead straight after

  • Samunto

    I can’t believe how low TGW and Mentalist are!! Will they even last till February?! Oh CBS

    Just what i expected Revenge to be doing.

  • s0303

    i think i’m the only person who doesn’t watch the walking dead live…i wait for it to come out on netflix and i watch the whole season as a marathon…


    A definite big OUCH FOR CBS!

    Alarming drops for ABC sked as well

    FOX rocks w/ ALCS (though no Domination like animation)

    NBC rules w/ SNF as usual (though I’ve been humbled)

    The night may just have gone to the zombies–STAY TOONED!

  • SJ


    No, it’s not. Once CBS cancels it, that’s it.


    So it’s 22 poorly received episodes out of 88. Not that big of a deal.


    Remember Nikita? That alone should tell you how strong the pull of syndication can be.

  • MVProeuctions44

    They need to move Revenge to a different night but nothing else would work for Abc on asundays! I always thought that Greys should be moved to 8 on Thursday and move Scandal to 9 and Revenge at 10! They should move OUAT: Wonderland to Sundays @ 9! Betrayal unfortunately will not see a second season!

  • Carmen

    I firmly believe that the Mentalist hastened its demise by its insistence on the Red John storyline.

    I have found very few people who watch the show that like that extended plot.

    I suppose they focus on it because it makes it easier to write a seasons worth of scripts.

    It takes more time and thought to come up with stand alone episodes. Having an arch villain cuts down on the stress of developing new stories.

    Many, like myself, watch something else if it is going to be another RJ episode.

  • diegobitch

    Extreme ouch for The Good Wife. The best drama on broadcast TV is one of the lowest rated too. At least CBS could give it a proper ending, because if they don’t, the critic and the viewers will eat CBS alive.

  • hitomi04

    Once upon a time half hours
    8:00 p.m/ Viewers: 7.36 million A18-49: 2.3/ 6
    8:30 p.m/Viewers: 7.36 million, A18-49: 2.4/ 6

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    The Mentalist higher than The Good Wife, again.

  • cimmer

    I still think QUAT will settle in at the low 2’s for the first part of the season. There’s even a chance the second half of the season will settle at the high one’s.

  • fourat

    dead night for the broadcast drama -_-

  • Sierra

    Revenge is down sharply from last season’s pretty good rated fall.

  • Felipe Nikita

    Revenge was great

  • Seth

    Oustanding for Revenge. 100% chance of renewal.

    Good for CBS as well. They don’t care about Sundays and have conceded it to NBC…The smart move.

  • jupiter3765

    everything is down but i like the tv show betrayal though

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