TV Ratings Sunday: 'The Mentalist', 'The Simpsons' & 'Bob's Burgers' Up, 'The Good Wife' Down, 'American Music Awards' Hit 4 Year High

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November 25th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 7.0/17 3.7/9 3.7/9 1.5/4 1.2/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 6.1/17 3.6/10 3.3/9 0.9/2 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 19.612 9.766 11.370 9.782 3.480

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC & FOX (NFL Football & Overrun)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. 

Note: In a number of markets (including Miami, Tampa, and the entire states of Tennessee, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota), CBS prime programming was delayed by either 10 or 17 minutes.  Ratings for CBS are tentative and subject to change.


NBC was number one among adults 18-49, and with total viewers. 

On NBC  Sunday Night Football,  (Broncos-Patriots) earned a preliminary 8.8 down 3 percent from last week's preliminary 9.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos garnered a 1.5 up 7 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.  The American Music Awards hit a 4., up 32 percent from last year’s 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, and ranking as a four year high for the telecast.

On FOX, Football (Cowboys/Giants) notched a preliminary 7.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Simpsons earned a 2.9 up 61 percent  from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating (when it aired at 9PM). Bob’s Burgers scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, up 27 percent from a 1.5 on November 10.  .  Family Guy matched  last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating (when it aired at 9:30PM). American Dad garnered a 1.8 up 13 percent from November 10’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 1.6 down 6 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race notched  a series low 1.5 down 25 percent  from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Good Wife scored a 1.3 down 7 percent from last week's 1.4. The long brewing revelation of Red John’s identity on The Mentalist garnered a 1.5, up 7 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Football delays in many Eastern markets means these numbers are subject to adjustment.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, November 24, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football - Live 7.3/21 22.03
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 2.4/7 7.47
CBS 60 Minutes 1.6/4 11.03
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.5/4 6.69
7:30 NBC Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 3.8/10 10.67
FOX NFL Football/The OT -Live 6.2/16 17.57
8:00 NBC Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 6.3/16 18.83
ABC The American Music Awards (8-11PM) 4.5/11 12.90
FOX The Simpsons 2.9/7 6.65
CBS The Amazing Race 1.5/4 7.99
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football:(Broncos/Patriots) -Live (8:30-11PM) 8.8/20 23.99
FOX Bob's Burgers 1.9/4 4.02
9:00 FOX Family Guy 2.2/5 4.51
CBS The Good Wife 1.3/3 9.50
9:30 FOX American Dad 1.8/4 3.81
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.5/4 10.62

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.




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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • psychic

    I think I was the only one who was only slightly disappointed, not all-out disgusted, by The Mentalist’s Red John episode last night.
    The pigeon thing was stupid but other than that it was okay, not great but not horrible.

  • The Cool Max

    Great for the FOX animation lineup!

  • Douglas from Brazil


    Hel-ur means that with no football overrun led CBS to sink not going against football airing on NBC.

  • romo

    How are people still surprised for the 1,456th time by the simpsons ratings going up after football ?

  • Guest

    A lot of people caught the leaked version of TM last week and it spread like wildfire over the net. Most hated it. The leak version was everywhere. It was release to the press by CBS, but people were able to get it and see it. If you follow any of the boards, most knew about the plot, who RJ was and the out come, so I am not surprised the ratings are not that high.


    Bradley both are gone. if cbs does save 1 it will be goodwife because they own it

  • Parker Wyeth

    It was a very good episode again of The GW. Finally, an ending on TM. Next week’s episode is two years in the future. I guess we’ll see whether fans stay or leave it at the death of RJ. I don’t think Patrick murdered RJ.

    Seems to be a lot of angry people after last night’s episode of FGuy.

  • Babar Suhail

    The leak should have minimal effect on the ratings.

  • I Love TV!

    Family Guy………………………………….

  • Guest

    How can you say that Jane didn’t kill RJ? He strangled him to death or do you think that was another fake RJ?

  • Rob R

    Ironically The Good Wife is likely still to be in the Top 20 or Top 25 shows in Total Viewers, along with the Mentalist……….even though the totally meaningless American Music Awards crushed them in the demographic.

  • Michael

    People love themselves an awards telecast!

  • John A

    Not surprised TGW down again. Its gone back to being ok again not as good as previous weeks.

  • Carmen

    @ Douglas

    I thought with all the buzz about The Red John revelation, ratings of The Mentalist would get at least a 2.0 in the demo.It’s sad seeing the show going low.

    I don’t think the ratings are surprising at all. The Red John storyline has driven away far more viewers than (viewers) who embraced it.
    They carried it on waaaayyyyyy too long. A lot of ex fans, didn’t give a rats a– about who RJ was or how Jane finally got his revenge.

    This insistence on the extended RJ storyline hurt the Mentalists ratings much more than any schedule move might have.

    Anyway, now that this negatively swinging and polarizing storyline is (supposedly) over with, maybe the show can somehow rebound. . .although I really doubt it.

  • Parker Wyeth

    If he really wanted to kill him, he would have shot him (again). RJ ran forever and bled out from his wounds. You don’t run if you’ve been shot. It causes you to bleed much faster. Patrick didn’t exert much to strangle him.

  • John A

    I wonder how The Mentalist would do at 9pm. Not that it has a future as CBS will cancel it this year anyway.

  • gerry

    TGW was great last night. it was up against football and AMAs and every other 9 pm competitor. it never does amazingly in sweeps against heavier competition, wish it would have stayed flat though….

  • HalCapone

    CBS needs those football overruns to survive Sundays. That’s an awful performance from The Good Wife; I can’t imagine anyone watching the AMA’s being a fan of TGW, too. The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers up 61% and 27%, respectively isn’t because these cartoons were so much more awesome last evening. Never underestimate the ratings mojo of having football as a lead-in…EVER. Great ratings for the AMA’s. I suppose the lesson there is it takes a Special to compete with football’s live ratings since regular programming, especially scripted fare, is more apt to be recorded for later viewing.

  • Guest

    @ Parker Wyeth I am not sure what you watch, but Jane DID kill RJ. Even the interviews the actors/writers have given said that. He is a murder, but of course he will get off without any repercussions. To me he is just like RJ, nothing more then a killer. BTW, he also killed RJ’s man in the church by shooting him. I am sick of TV shows making the “Bad” guys the “good” guys by giving them some sort of reason to kill and take someone’s life. I wanted RJ to go out in a way that was NOT MURDER. LIke when Jane shot the cop to save Lisbon’s life. JANE IS A MURDER TWICE OVER NOW and that to me is the worst part of the episode.

    I am glad that this show will be cancelled.

  • W

    The Mentalist was superb last night! The ratings prove it!

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