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.




Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Mon

    Another loser loser performance by TGW. What’s new?

  • s0303

    i also thought the mentalist would be higher…the fans have supposedly been waiting for this episode since the beginning…wonder how low it will fall with the reboot next episode…i’m thinking it will be the final nail…

    can’t believe how low the amazing race was…

    btw…cbs delayed in indiana also…

  • catsrule

    The Mentalist tied The Amazing Race, beat The Good Wife, and was only .1 behind 60 Minutes! I didn’t have any problems with the episode, thought it was good.

  • Kissan

    I thought the AMA’s would do a 5.0 considering Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and TLC were all there but 4.5 is good. Sucks that CBS was preempted cause down here in Georgia TGW started exactly at 9:00 down here. Next week is the midseason finale AND the 100th episode of The Good Wife!!!

  • Avery

    why does Sundays count from 7pm and not 8pm?

  • HalCapone

    So everyone going mental over The Mentalist episode and it’s earth shattering, heart stopping, 1.5 rating? :)

  • W

    The Mentalist will take on a completely different turn, with each character assuming different job and storyline going forward! I’m excited and looking forward to watching TM in the future!

  • Why Watch

    Didn’t miss Revenge or OUAT at all last night.


    halcapone you never seem to comment when cbs wins tues thru fri and when they win the sat when they have the good games

  • Abed

    To all the people who say “wow” at the simpsons : It had a 6.2 and 17.57 million as a lead in… It’s not surprising…

  • CP

    It seems to me like there’s 50 different music awards shows per year with all the same people over and over again. I’m amazed they still get good ratings.

  • Jay Z

    So many spoiler alerts for TM in the comments …

  • LouiseA

    Sarah, are you going to post the DVR ratings for the week of November 18th- November 25th?

  • JJ

    Lol @The Mentalist’s pathetic showing after years of hype.

  • beached

    Looking forward to the end of football to see how CBS and Fox ratings are without the huge lead in. NBC will sink to new depths without SNF too.

  • HalCapone

    I like rooting for the underdogs; that’s just how I roll.

  • CBSviewer

    The Mentalist had a great episode last night but I think it was time to end the Red John storyline. Simon Baker was awesome and I’ll miss Xander Berkeley.
    The real challenge will be next week. I just hope the next storyline will not be about the Blake organization.


    beached nbc does have 18 days of the Olympics after football

  • enri

    JJ- you’re just being rude to be rude

  • HalCapone

    NBC has the Winter Olympics in February so they should be able to maintain some sizable ratings mojo for 2-1/2 weeks or however many days the Olympics run. But after that, it’s Titanic NBC.

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