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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  • Ray

    It seems ABC is trying to help Revenge with Twitter (why not, it worked for Scandal).


    I don’t think it will change anything, but hey, ABC is trying to save Revenge, right?

  • Shepherd


    DH, Gray’s, and Wife Swap (if you can even include a reality show in this discussion) are/ were all successful shows – Revenge; not so much. I never said that it couldn’t be sold, only that Lifetime would be the last place to buy it. That is, IF it gets renewed. The ratings so far haven’t been pretty, but neither has Nashville taken advantage of that so far.

    And Ray, you are forgetting that baseball didn’t air this week. Revenge going down with less overall competition does not support the notion that it is affected by TWD or sporting events. The numbers have never shown a correlation; not last year, and not this year (so far).

  • Ray

    Yes, but its lead in, Once Upon a Time was down 4 tenths, and at least some of Revenge’s audience must be shared with Once Upon a Time. So when one drops, the other may see a slight change as well. Dropping one tenth isn’t unusual, and isn’t bad either, as long as it stabilizes where its at. Revenge seems to be stabilized as does Nashville. If Revenge wasn’t stable, it would have been a 1.3 or something. I don’t but syndication talk as judging for renewal. I simply think Revenge will be renewed for a fourth and final season simply because it is a veteran show (and pulled in great numbers season one & much of season two). I also realize ABC is struggling in new dramas, so its better to try and save what you’ve got than to replace every tough rated program with something new (which isn’t guaranteed to be a hit). I know Scandal, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, and Once Upon a Time will be renewed. Lucky 7 is already canceled, and I know Betrayal and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will be canceled. I have a feeling Killer Women, Mind Games, and Resurrection will all fail simply because they will not get desirable timeslots with great lead ins like they should. Resurrection is already given the death sentence (Sundays at 10), and the other two open slots midseason are also terrible places to launch new dramas (Tuesdays at 10 & Thursdays at 8). I have a feeling ABC will pick up five new dramas next year (2 for midseason), and renew Revenge and Nashville because they’ll be solid performers (if they remain where they’re at and don’t drop below 1.5).

  • heba

    sure revenge has less competition this week and sure season 3 didn’t level up to season 1 but you got to take into consideration that also its lead in fell fourth tenths so that probably partially played a role and plus considering it held 1.5 out of a 2.0 lead in is pretty decent.

  • bitch

    ABC won’t cancel Revenge, from 9:00PM to 10:30PM, Revenge is #1, so Revenge is doing great!!!

  • bitch

    i hope Revenge will back on Tuesday, it will take the spotlight again

  • Britney

    Revenge is getting better and better

  • Henry

    Revenge needs to be back on Wednesday

  • Steve A

    Revenge fans stop trying to spin the ratings. They suck. Period. ABC needs to move the show if it wants viewership to improve. And I don’t think syndication is fonna guarantee renewal. It helps, but its no lock.

  • Jimmy

    @Steve A: Revenge GREAT you SUCK Revenge got Highest Ratings in that Time Slot

  • Fred


    OUAT Wonderland may be more age appropriate at this time .
    Slightly less violent and more whimsical. I’m actually enjoying it.
    Wish the ratings were higher.

  • Reprise

    @Steve A
    @And I don’t think syndication is going to guarantee renewal

    Revenge Season 4 is never in doubt. I know some of you like to troll uneasy Revenge fans about the shows chances but this is just one fact of life that not even a simple troll like yourself can deny. Revenge is coming back for a 4th season, as is Once Upon a Time. And there’s a good chance they may change things up a bit and move Revenge to another day.

    Revenge fans just need to ignore the trolls. Trolls don’t cancel shows ;)

  • Shepherd

    @Steve A

    Revenge fans stop trying to spin the ratings. They suck. Period.


  • Reprise

    @Neverland should have been FOUR episodes

    I don’t think they could do it in 4 episodes personally. Especially when they’re introducing new characters and giving them a bit of a backstory + expanding on their relationship with the existing cast. 4 episodes would make the Neverland trip lack any kind of depth. You’ve got Peter Pan, Ariel, Tinker Bell, Lost Boys, plus the egos of Rumple, Regina, Hook, Snow, Charming, Emma all on one island. :)

    Every series has bad episodes, best to just ride through the storm.

  • iSayso

    Revenge needs to drowned, shot and exploded. Die already, damn it!

  • Billy Martins

    I think for next season ABC needs to shuffle their shecdule around having Dancing with the stars move to Sundays following OUAT at 10pm Revenge moves to Monday at 10pm & Castle to Tuesday at 10:00pm.Here is how the shecdule shall be for 2014/15 season beginning with
    7:00pm AFHV”s
    8:00-10pm Dancing with the stars(New Day&time)
    10:00-11:00pm OUAT (New Time)
    8:00pm Dancing with the stars Elimiation show
    9:00pm Agent of SHEILD (new Day&time)
    10:00pm Castle
    8:00pm The Goldberg”s
    8:30pm trophy wife
    9:00pm Nashville (New Day&time)
    10:00pm Revenge(New Day&time)
    8:00pm The Middle
    8:30pm (new)
    9:00pm Modern Family
    9:30pm Last Man standing(New Day&time)
    10:00pm (new)
    10:00pm scandal
    8:00pm (new)
    9:00pm shark tank
    10:00pm 20/20

  • Brian

    ABC is soooo SAD, but they sooo deserve it!
    Sunday night was gold for them when they had Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters..now they have horrible shows in their slots..and OUAT never gets anywhere..people are giving up on it.
    They should have never cancelled Body of Proof ! FOOLS!

  • Shepherd


    Nobody is trolling Revenge fans; but facts are facts and wishful thinking does not get a show renewed. Syndication paints a very strong case for renewal, but nothing is guaranteed. Certainly, Revenge can fall much lower than Nashville and still get renewed, but there is still a race between the two shows, and a renewal is Revenge’s to lose. If the season ended today, I’ve no doubt that Revenge would win, but it doesn’t end today and last spring did not treat Revenge too kindly.

    Revenge – 2.3, 1.9, 1.6, 1.5 : -35%
    Nashville – 2.0, 1.9, 1.6, 1.6 : -20%

    Revenge began the season 15% higher than Nashville. It is now 6% lower. Revenge’s ratings have not yet stabilized, they have fallen every week. If last year’s ratings are any indication (and they usually are), Revenge will hit 0.7 come spring and have a spring average below 1.0.

    I’m still not saying that Revenge is guaranteed to be cancelled, but things are not looking good.

  • Scorey ;)

    First of all, I don’t why there’s an R where Revenge’s viewers should be, but 6.05 watched Revenge live. ABC needs to commercialize Revenge more. They commercialized the season premiere, which did good, and now that the commercials are dying down, the ratings are deteriorating. The ratings weren’t awful, atleast it beat The Good Wife, but still: Revenge would do better if ABC put out some more commercials for it!!!

  • Ultima

    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.

    As has been the case for years, there’s still plenty of demand for sitcoms and procedurals on the broadcast and major cable networks (i.e. where the big money syndication deals come from). Serial dramas are typically relegated to smaller cable networks and fetch a far lower price.

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