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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  • ZmaX

    Unfortunate Revenge dipped, it was great last night. Emily has been slipping up lately which makes sense, two years of revenge can really wear out a person, which is actually pretty interesting. Im sure her getting shot at the wedding must have something to do with these little mistakes/failures. BTW, Patrick and Nolan are awesome!

    I’m much ore surprised with Once’s 2.0 hopefully it somewhat stabilizes.

  • Kyle

    @Avery the series low for Revenge is 1.4.

  • diana

    I don’t even.want to look at Sundays ratings anymore their always so depressing I.guess that I will just enjoy revenge while it lasts

  • r0ckmypants

    @JamesR – ” In fact, it’s a TON better than the last season.”

    In fact, this is not a fact. It’s your opinion.

    They went wrong in turning one of literature’s most beloved characters into the evillest of all evils. And somewhere along the way, everyone on the show forgot how to act.

  • Rodolfo

    The Good Wife >>> Revenge

  • Mindy

    Never ever write OUAT and Breaking Bad in the same sentece. Don´t insult a brilliant show like Breaking Bad like that.

  • jupiter3765

    i love once upon a time

  • brandy

    I’m ready for OUAT to get out of Neverland. It was cool for a while but now it’s getting a little boring.

  • Ike

    ABC will probably shrug and say, “Eh, well, we’re still beating CBS in the demo at 8 and 9 p.m.” These numbers are bad, but they’ve got plenty of other problems too, and lots of holes in their schedule, so what are they going to do? This is the new normal for broadcast TV. Welcome to 2013.

    OTOH, syndication isn’t much of an excuse to keep a heavily serialized show going through a fourth season because heavily serialized shows perform very very VERY poorly in syndication. I believe ABC has suggested that its serialized shows have done very well on Netflix, but you don’t need any minimum number of episodes for an ideal sale to Netflix as far as I know.

  • dantas

    The Gunsmoke Rule is my god whenever I’m in this site, but let’s admire these numbers. They are no better than Sunday repeats on the 2010 – 2011 season… How sad is that?

    The Good Wife and The Mentalist WILL both be canceled by the end of this season.

    Revenge WILL get renewed for a final season, but it will be a short one.

  • jT

    once upon a time will rebound.


    ABC not Funny as AFHV ties series low, OUAT scores its low, Revenge near its low & Betrayal up .1 from its low

    CBS infused FB doesn’t really help TAR, TGW or TM as all stay below 2.0 & TM now at series low–but TGW now only 0.1 from Revenge

  • JamesR

    @r0ckmypants Alright, I may have been stating my opinion but is no reason to be a prick about it.

  • Seth

    There are 100% chances of renewal for both Revenge and OUAT. There should be no discussions on this.

  • fabiana

    ABC really have to change the day for ouat and revenge

  • reidjr


    It will atleast run untill may.

  • L

    Revenge is so good this season..too bad last season was so bad and alienated a lot of viewers. I don’t think it will be cancelled though.

  • diana

    Seriously Nielsen viewers people seemed to.have loved last episode even the critics loved it

  • Charmed

    The Peter Pan storyline really is bringing OUAT down, it’s not the same show without Storybrooke. I hope this isn’t going to last the whole season, or else ratings could get even worse.

    And lol @ Revenge, lower than Nashville


    dante yes the syndication gods rule 3yrs means a 4th they have spoken lol

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