TV Ratings Sunday: 'The Mentalist' & 'Once Upon a Time' Hit Lows + 'The Good Wife' & 'Betrayal' Up

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October 21st, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 7.8/20 2.7/7 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 6.8/20 1.9/6 1.0/3 1.1/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 21.451 12.272 5.584 2.687 2.858


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

Note:  CBS prime was delayed by 30 minutes in most Eastern and Central time zones

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

On NBC  Sunday Night Football, which featured a match-up between the Colts and the Broncos earned a preliminary 9.5, way up  from last week's preliminary 7.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11PM.

On CBS, 60 Minutes scored a football-inflated 3.2, up from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race matched last week's 1.9. The Good Wife notched a 1.4, up two tenths from last week's series low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Mentalist hit a new series low 1.2, down a tenth from last week's series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos matched last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Once Upon A Time scored a 2.0, down four tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and tying its series low. Revenge garnered a 1.5, down a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.  Betrayal notched a 0.9, up a tenth from last week's series low 0.8  adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 20, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM CBS Football Overrun 7.4 23 24.44
NBC Football Night in America 2.6 8 8.44
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.1 3 5.72
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 0.9 3 2.63
7:30PM NBC Football Night in America 4.8 14 13.81
CBS 60 Minutes 3.2 9 14.92
FOX Family Guy -R 0.9 3 2.28
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America/ Pre-Kick 7.2 19 20.01
ABC Once Upon a Time 2.0 5 6.98
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.3 4 3.16
8:30PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11PM) 9.5 23 25.87
CBS the Amazing Race 1.9 5 9.02
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.3 3 3.07
9:00PM ABC Revenge 1.5 4  R
FOX Family Guy -R 1.2 3 2.74
9:30PM CBS The Good Wife 1.4 3 8.97
FOX Family Guy -R 1.1 3 2.24
10:00 PM ABC Betrayal 0.9 2 3.58
10:30PM CBS The Mentalist 1.2 3 7.30

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




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  • Shepherd


    i think that it will get a syndication deal somewhere maybe perhaps lifetime“.

    Unless Disney feels the need to do some shady accounting and move revenue from one balance sheet to the next; Lifetime is the last network that would ‘pick up’ Revenge for syndication. Disney owns both ABC and Lifetime; why would they essentially buy a failing show from themselves, creating a de facto zero sum situation, when the only possible profit would come from the ad revenue from syndication? If Lifetime gets a good deal, ABC and Disney lose. If ABC sells for a good price, Lifetime and Disney lose. Given the shows performance, and likely future performance in syndication, that zero-sum would quickly amount to a lose-lose for Disney.

    It makes some sense selling a successful show to another division if that show is going to drive additional viewers to that network’s self promotion; but given Revenge’s current trends, that isn’t likely to happen with Revenge. On top of that, the moment word gets out that Lifetime has syndication rights, Revenge episodes lose value for other potential buyers. Did you ever notice how networks pay a premium for exclusive syndication rights to a show? They do that because they don’t want their repeats having to compete against other repeats of the same show.

    So again; why would Disney sell Revenge to themselves and devalue their product when their best hope is to try and ‘load it off’ on some fool crazy enough to buy?

  • naro

    Hi American zombies. Your TV broadcasters and their advertising partners have turned your brains into mush. No wonder our country is going down in every way possible. Keep your eyeballs on the screen boobales.

  • agameofyou

    It’s amazing how Bruno Heller, The Mentalist, thinks anyone cares about Red John. There’s literally no way to guess who it is and RJ seems to have these godlike abilities to get away with anything and to control everyone around him, which takes away any suspense or fun in the story. OUAT obviously doesn’t listen to its audience for they’ve built a story around Henry, one of the worst actors I’ve ever seen. Loving TGW – now that’s some acting talent!!!

  • Charmed

    What did Revenge get in total viewers?

  • It’s funny

    I love ABC, but they are in desperate need of a development and marketing facelift. It’s very disturbing how bad things have gotten.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Oops, I meant to say beaver trap.

  • Steve

    It’s a shame about The Mentalist. I think it is better this year than last, thanks to the addition of the ‘one of these guys is Red John’ plot line. Better than the sort of middle of the road procedural shows a la Murder She Wrote that The Mentalist had last year. Now, most of the shows have the feel the season ending two parters had.

  • Alex

    I didn’t think syndication was a going concern anymore (addressing some of the discussion earlier). With most networks choosing to either air infomercials, reality TV, talk show filler or 24 years of Simpsons reruns, I don’t see much potential for hour-long shows in syndication anymore. The name of the game now is binge viewing, either via DVD/Blu-ray or streaming. That actually tends to favor serialized shows.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    It’s a shame about The Mentalist.

    As much as I love it, it sure seems like the show is winding down to its conclusion this season. I just wish they’d swap slots with Hostages and see if it could recover on Mondays before getting out the nails for the coffin.

  • nashmic

    Maybe not having Mike Kelley as Executive Producer and Showrunner of Revenge greatly affected the Show’s Rating. Maybe Changing the Time slot can change everything. Oh c’mon people Revenge has its glorious days and I’m pretty sure it could Rise up and surprise us all over again.

  • jp

    if the number holds up, 26 million viewers is very good for the Broncos vs Colts. Very very good. CBS is smart in starting its primetime line up at 7:30 et/6:30 ct when they have the doubleheader. Make sense. The network will stay with those shows until they see fit to cancel it. Too bad for Revenge and Betrayal but ABC knew the audience would be split during football season.

  • Fox


    The ABC Press Release says 6.1 million total viewers for Revenge.

  • Evan

    Everyone saying that Revenge won’t even be sold into syndication is crazy. I could easily see Revenge airing on Lifetime or Soapnet (Whatever that channel is) or some other women/soap skewing show. The show should be able to get a 4th season but I am worried about its ratings if they dip any farther. I’m hoping it adjusts up tomorrow but it hasn’t all season so I doubt it will. Its gotta count for something that Revenge has basically identical ratings as Nashville and Nashville has no competition. Also Revenge is in the most competitive time slot of the week so I would say it’s still doing okay and it out rates The Good Wife every week. I really hope the ratings can stay within 1.5-2.0 but if it drops under that, then that is a really really bad sign.

    I would say if Nashville continues to do worse than it has been to move Revenge to Wednesday’s at 10 and test that out. If the ratings don’t improve then make season 4 the last season.

  • thesnowleopard


    Procedural does not automatically mean better syndication ratings than serial, especially when the procedural’s first run ratings stink so badly that its network doesn’t bother to give it a full syndication number.

    But if you want to reassure us that you’re not an apologist for the show and have us think you just blindly follow ratings “rules” that only work if a show has semi-decent ratings, you go right ahead.

  • Ray

    Lifetime is only partly owned by Disney. And Desperate Housewives aired on Lifetime for quite some time, and Greys Anatomy and Wife Swap still air on it, and they are ABC shows.

  • KC

    The Good Wife will up again next week with the most anticipated show of the series. Better news for TGW is that The Mentalist is getting worse ratings.

  • KC

    The automatic renewal for Revenge is becoming more doubtful by the week. OUAT is still solid for renewal.

  • Ed Davidson

    Drudge is great, but…who cares, 26,000,000 or just me?

  • Ray

    Those saying The Walking Dead is down, so Revenge shouldn’t be are crazy. Yes, The Walking Dead was down to a 7.1 (down from an 8.2). But Sunday Night Football was also up to a 9.5 (up from an 8.4). So really, Revenge being down from a 1.6 to 1.5 isn’t bad at all, and isn’t really that drastic. Viewership surprising was up. Revenge continues to remain above 6 million viewers. As long as Revenge stays at 6 million viewers and a 1.5 or higher, I’m sure it will be fine, because ABC is smart enough to factor in all Revenge has to face (it faces way more competition than any other show on ABC.

  • Rebecca

    Yep, lol. And an early program at that….OUAT airs at 7 pm where I live (Mountain time). The Aurora/Mulan thing was pretty subtle, though. My 8 year old still won’t watch the show – I record it to see on my own later and turn off the TV when AFHV ends. She said maybe when she’s ten she’ll watch, and then I could stream it for her on Netflix from the beginning. Season one was really good. I’ve liked the other episodes, too, but not as much. Evil witch stuff scares her, and she rarely watches any of the princess movies any more yet still likes the princesses. Anyway, I’ll watch until it stops airing.

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