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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  • gerry

    again, what would abc put in the revenge timeslot that wouldn’t take a hit? only one person has validly made a suggestion (greys) but anything going up against twd is going to suffer. i imagine the dvr numbers for it are pretty strong because many people just aren’t watching it live. i can see abc moving it from that slot soon, i just don’t know what they’ll want to risk.

    hooray for tgw being UP!! i could see mentalist being done this season and elementary taking over the slot, good wife’s final season next year.

  • Networkman

    I would love to see ABC try a special airing of Revenge after Dancing with the Stars on Monday. I really feel it is time for Castle to be moved. Let us see how that would hold up going against Football and the other cable shows. It seems to have a loyal audience. And then Once Upon a Time should be moved to Tuesday @9pm after SHIELD.

    ABC is really messing up this year and they are allowing a lot of their older shows to slip. And the new shows are not breaking out. So protect these shows that are in their 3rd season because they still have potential.

  • Charmed

    What was Revenge’s total viewers?

  • collegekid

    You know, the numbers for OUAT and REVENGE are not that bad. You have to consider what these shows are going up against. And I will agree that the writing for Season 2 of OUAT was not that great, but this season… it has been MUCH IMPROVED. Besides, don’t write a show off just because it hits a series low on ONE episode. Give the writers a chance… EXPOSITION is an important part of ANY story. Without it, the ACTION is nothing. Telling a story involves detail, which is what the OUAT writers are doing. Give them a chance to tell the story.

  • Kissan

    The reason why OUAT and Revenge have fallen so hard is because their second seasons were so poorly written and boring that the fans left the shows and went to Breaking Bad, Homeland, Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones etc. and now since those viewers left their never gonna come back unless OUAT and Revenge are on Netflix or something or ABC airs a recap special. It’s not the shows that’s hurting Revenge because as you see last year Revenge had a 2.8 against TWD’s 5.8 premiere.

  • gerry

    @ jupiter – nashville airs on wednesday v no real competition and rates only slightly higher. it would COLLAPSE in the revenge spot. i watch both, but i also have the ability to look at the situation realistically.

  • Charmed

    @Ryan OUAT won’t end after season 4 unless ratings drastically fall. What it’s getting now is perfectly acceptable given ABC’s current circumstance. I can guarantee this show will be around for a long time

  • Bored Now

    So when exactly did they announce the competition to see which other network could get down to regular CW ratings levels the fastest? Because right now the so called big four seem to be making the CW look increasingly healthy by comparison.

  • omabin

    At this point (and yeah ABC will never go for this) I would give up on Sundays for this season. I would move OUAT to Tuesdays after Shield with Ressurection closing the night and I would move Revenge to Thursdays at 10 following Scandal with Grey’s at 8. Two solid nights and the only chance to save these Sunday shows if they intend to do so. Just put reality junk on sundays and be done with it, it’s over for dramas there.

  • diana

    @ charmed 6.06 million viewers

  • Barbie

    I’m with everyone on Once Upon a Time. It used to be my favorite, never miss show. Now, I’ll go a week without watching it, DVR it for later. It’s become boring. No Storybrooke and standalone stories make it lose its charm for me. I don’t like arcs much. I’m ready for it to be done with Neverland.

  • Networkman

    It is ashame what CBS did to The Mentalist. This was a show that had a huge following and did great on Thursday Night. Audiences are tired of it running until 11:30pm on Sunday. It had a decent amount of viewers follow it to the new timeslot but now it garnering the least amount of viewers out of all the dramas on the network. I just don’t see how it will be able to be renewed.

  • BrieK

    Betrayal will be next to be chopped.

  • diana

    On the bright side revenge held most of it’s lead in. I think it fell again because it’s lead in fell

  • sporknpork

    I’m pretty positive American Dad aired at 9:30 p.m. EST, at least it did on my station.

  • tv_viewer

    If ABC renews one new fall drama (Agents of SHIELD), then ABC will likely have to cancel one veteran fall drama (Nashville or Revenge). Since Revenge is one year closer to syndication than Nashville, ABC will feed Nashville to the cancellation bear. As long as Revenge stays within 0.3 of Nashville and stays above OUAT in Wonderland, Nashville and OUAT in Wonderland will be cancelled.

  • diana

    They need to move revenge in spring

  • queeueeq

    The Neighbors is not a failure. It is simply a victim of a trend that plagues ABC shows every year. And besides, all second half-hour comedies are lower than their lead-in so they should be given some more marginb of error.

  • Nathan

    LOL I can’t even…


    omabin you want ouat against the voice and ncis la?

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