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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  • John

    Why does Revenge have R under total viewers?

  • KJ

    Revenge episode 4

    2012: 2.8
    2013: 1.5

  • r0ckmypants

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

    Um, loosen up, buddy. If you thought I was being a prick just because I don’t have the same opinion as you, I’m not really sure how you function in the world.

  • JamesR


    The only reason I think they haven’t gone to it yet is that they wanted to focus on the Neverland angle to help the main characters as last season it seemed to jump from too many characters at one point. Besides, the creators have already stated they are returning to Storybrooke with new characters so be patient!

  • FRED

    I am saddened by the ratings collapse of OUAT and REVENGE. I love both shows very much . Above par eps for both as well

    One question for anyone who understood the Mulan storyline on OUAT.
    I never remember a backstory with her or any romantic interest in ANYBODY so when she was upset that Sleeping Beauty was going to marry the prince it confused me. She looked like she wanted to be with Sleeping Beauty?
    Is OUAT going this route?

  • Kaboom

    All you idiots hating on revenge need to get a life. The ratings are not at cancellation danger also look at those football ratings. Take several seats.

  • sally

    keep The Mentalist, Dump The Good Wife

  • jupiter3765

    nashville ratings are decent and stable while revenge is dropping like a rock

  • Corey

    I’m new to this site…but I do notice that “DANTE” is always the first to respond…..how……sad?

  • queeueeq

    Sundays are so bad. ABC should just show documentaries and reality shows against football and The Walking Dead. Maybe they should move Once Upon a Time at Tuesdays 9pm after S.H.I.E.L.D. and Revenge at 10pm.

    The Taste and Wife Swap are cheap for Sundays.

  • Robert

    “Btw is it just me or does this feel like The Good Wife’s final season??”

    It could turn out that they know (or think) it’s the final season. But honestly, I think they would be writing this season like they would normally. It’s exciting for a show to be written this way, with such seismic changes that aren’t just going to be resolved at the beginning of the next episode.

  • dantas

    @Freddy Arrow,

    I know. What I meant by “sad” was how much the live viewership has decreased…

  • r0ckmypants

    @THEOLDMAN – “I’m so with you on this one! I tried again last night for awhile & considered it sheer torture to watch OUAT.”

    We’re not alone… that 0.4 ratings drop is very telling.

  • Emilio

    THE GOOD WIFE better than THE MENTALIST. There’s still hope!

  • Ronald

    The Football is killing both Revenge and OUAT, i hate to see them so low when they start so High and so great! this season Revenge is really great and is going down passing the days i just hope they give it a four and lst season! to make a propper end to the show

  • CBSviewer

    The Mentalist wasn’t strong enough for Sunday. I know I’m breaking the Gunsmoke rule but CSI: Miami was stronger (the series finale started at 11 and got a 1.7).

  • CBSviewer

    * The Mentalist wasn’t strong enough to love to Sunday.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    That late (and delayed) timeslot is going to kill Red John before The Mentalist can! And it was a great episode, too. I guess Sam Weiss isn’t Red John.

  • CBSviewer

    * to move :)

  • TVDude

    OUAT needs to get out of Neverland and back into Storybrooke. People clearly don’t like the whole storyline right now. My wife and I were talking about it last night, it’s too dark. What made the first season and a half successful was the whole magical feeling and this seems to have been lost.

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