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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  • Ultima

    They should have never cancelled Body of Proof

    Please explain how shows currently failing on ABC magically makes Body of Proof profitable.


  • Ultima

    @Billy Martins
    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

    That is one of the worst schedules I’ve ever seen. Is there a joke I’m missing somewhere, because you can’t be serious with garbage like this.

  • Hallyo

    i think people have forgotten the most important thing: Revenge is at 9PM on Sunday Night-“the creepy timeslot”

  • utral

    Excuse me!! Dose Nashville have against TWD??? Is it on Sunday Night?? at 9 PM?? yeah, i don’t think so!!

  • Paul

    “Sports suck. Keep that S#it on ESPN.”

    I’m with you on that one. I’m so sick of football games delaying the Amazing Race on Sundays or any sport delaying any show on network TV. Put it all on cable dammit!

  • queeueeq

    Why do people keep on adding The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife onn their schedules? They’re the first ABF comedies to be canceled this year imo.

  • Ultima

    I’m with you on that one. I’m so sick of football games delaying the Amazing Race on Sundays or any sport delaying any show on network TV. Put it all on cable dammit!

    You do realize that while there are cable networks dedicated to sports (e.g. ESPN), there are also cable networks dedicated to other genres of programming, right? For instance, Turner has a comedy network (TBS), drama network (TNT), reality network (TruTV) and a news network (CNN).

    You could make the same argument that you are making for taking sports off of the broadcast networks for any other type of programming.

    The major broadcast networks have always offered a variety of programming. If you are only interested in certain things, THAT’S WHAT CABLE IS FOR!


  • Ultima

    Why do people keep on adding The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife onn their schedules?

    Lack of ratings knowledge; lack of scheduling knowledge; lack of critical thinking skills; lack of intelligence.

    Pick as many as you like! ;)

  • diana

    @ Sheppard I.think that your forgetting that revenge is going to be scheduled differently ABC will air 12 eps in a row.and then take a 3 month hiatus so this should help revenge not go.below a 1.0 it will be as if it’s starting a new season it didn’t loose any viewers from the last episode which is a good sign that maybe revenge will stabilize somewhere between a 1.5 to 1.8 and has a chance to come back to getting a 2.1 and then again stabilizing in the high 1s. That’s last season it was against award shows now it will be on hiatus when award shows come.

  • Ultima

    ABC will air 12 eps in a row.and then take a 3 month hiatus

    Just want to point out that after airing eight episodes in the fall, Revenge will be preempted for two weeks.

    However, they can still fit 22 episodes in with the hiatus as long as there are no spring preemptions and they have two-hour finales in both December and May.

  • David Howell

    Can the syndication gods actually save a serialised show like Revenge?

    I would have guessed that for those shows the syndication value would be expected to be in streaming, and a planned series finale is worth more than getting to 88 for that. But if the old model is how networks think, then that’s what matters for renewal!

    Of course, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Nikita showed that by getting season 4, but as a short final season that didn’t get it to 88.

  • no Name

    Well, Revenge is good for me =]]

  • Kylie

    Well if you make an episode around Neal then yeah you’re gonna get series low ratings. He doesn’t sell, he’s boring.

  • Steve A

    @Sheppard. So telling the truth is trolling? If that helps you sleep at night. If season four was a guarantee after a third, then there wouldve been a two-season pick up. There wasn’t one therefore Revenge CAN be cancelled after this season. I didn’t say it would. And I actually think it can do better in a different time slot, as stated previously. So please don’t over use the word “troll” and dilute its meaning.

  • Steve A

    Oops. @Reprise not @Sheppard

  • Ray

    ABC is trying something different with the scheduling, by putting Revenge on break until March. Normally, I’d think that’s a great idea to avoid award shows and the tough winter competition that ruined Revenge’s momentum last season (and ruined Desperate Housewives’ momentum seasons prior). But, anyone remember when the writer’s strike went on and Desperate Housewives was on break during those months and it returned significantly lower in March from where it was during its first part of season 4, which set the stage for its big declines from seasons 5-8.

  • Duarte

    What do you think about this schedule to ABC

    8pm – The Bachelor
    10pm – Revenge

    8pm – Dancing With the Stars
    10pm – NEW DRAMA

    8pm – Agents of SHIELD
    9pm – NEW DRAMA
    10pm – Castle

    8pm- The Middle
    8:30pm- NEW COMEDY
    9pm- Modern Family
    9:30pm- NEW COMEDY
    10pm- NEW DRAMA

    8pm- Once Upon a Time
    9pm- Greys’ Anatomy
    10pm- Scandal

    8pm- Last Man Standing
    8:30pm- Suburgatory
    9pm- Shark Tank
    10pm- Nashville (or new better show from 2013-2014 midseason)

  • Ray

    Or was it April that it returned in? I can’t remember, either way this was the season 4 drop off during that break:
    Desperate Housewives

    Season 4, Episode 10 – 01/06/07 – 7.3 A18-49 – 19.782 million viewers
    Season 4, Episode 11 – 04/13/07 – 5.9 A18-49 – 16.346 million viewers

  • Revenger

    TWD pretty much crushed revenge so ABC needs to start acting fast and change the timeslot. OUAT seems to be getting a slow painful death from football season. ABC do something! Is sunday going to be another thursday for ABC

  • Reprise

    @Steve A

    Don’t pretend you know what you’re talking about when you clearly don’t. I’m going to stick with my original description of troll. No doubt when Revenge is renewed for a fourth season, you will be nowhere to be seen.

    @If season four was a guarantee after a third, then there wouldve been a two-season pick up

    Networks don’t work like that.

    @There wasn’t one therefore Revenge CAN be cancelled after this season


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