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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  • Andrew43


    I’m sorry, Rob… But it took The Good Wife’s almost five seasons to get to the 1.3 range. Revenge was there in its third season.
    That’s the biggest LMAO.

  • Brian

    Why are people shocked and angry at the conclusion of last night’s “Mentalist”. The storyline exactly the way Patrick Jane has said it would throughout the series. I’d have been angry if it ended differently.

  • kb


    yes, yes and yes. You’re spot on. She’s really annoying.

  • Brian

    [ storyline ended ]

  • Paul

    It’s amusing reading the outrage over the Mentalist on various sites. When CBS procedural fans are calling something stupid, you know it must have been especially bad.

  • Steve

    At Tvtalk- very true. If The Good Wife were on NBC they would be calling it a huge hit because it would be at the top if all of their scripted shows.

  • Jagger Dagger

    Pretty decent numbers for a Dick Clark Production fake awards show.

  • Epidrone

    Well, TGW would be below Revolution on NBC, and that would be its own depressing state of affairs.

    (I know Revolution is allegedly better this year, but oy, that first season was dreadful and lost me entirely. No interest.)

  • Joseph

    The ratings for the Denver/New England football game likely dropped as the game went on because some viewers thought “it was all over” after Denver took an early 24-0 lead.

    In that respect, ABC’s American Music Awards may have gotten a break and gained viewers as people may have turned off football.

    Those who did turn the game off missed a historic comeback.

  • Wn

    Watched the mentalist twice to make sure I had an objective opinion. Enjoyed it more 2nd time round, and I’m glad iits ratings went up.

  • Jon

    @jagged….in what way are the ama awards fake?

  • Jon

    @Steve… if tgw is only pulling 1.3 on Cbs it would probably be under 1.0 on Nbc. Anyway you slice it 1.3 is not acceptible Sunday night. Not when a show called the walking dead is pulling 6-7 points. People are home Sunday nights. Give them something to watch and they will. Tgw may be a great show but nobody cares about it. Time to move onto something else.

  • HalCapone

    @Jagger Dagger
    I suppose the AMA’s is the People’s Choice Awards for music. Watching it or even the Grammys just reinforces to me how lame the current music scene has become. I honestly don’t see much difference between the AMA’s or the Grammys. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and some rapper du jour are supposed to be the best in the business?! I get it; it’s all about packaging, marketing and digitally enhanced vocals (although, even the latter couldn’t make Cyrus sound better than a wounded animal).

  • Brian

    That Broncos/Patriots game was sick! Horrible start, but TREMENDOUS finish for NE. Proud to be from NE! Represent! Pats! LEGGO!


    mrcapone you are insulting wounded animals please show respect wounded animals have feelings

  • HalCapone

    My apologies. That was a thoughtless remark since I am animal lover. Maybe a car muffler that needs replacing would be a better comparison.

  • Billiam

    Just watched The Mentalist. Awesome episode. Goodbye, Red John! I’m looking forward to seeing what it is like 2-years post-Red John and seeing what they do with the show (No CBI)… And, with Red John finally dead, what happens to all of his followers?

  • Billiam


    Now you are insulting classic cars!! LOL

  • Pavelsauce

    It’s because the big 4 air network programming during the 7 PM hour on Sunday, but not on weeknights or Saturdays. In the 7 PM hour on weeknights, depending on the station, you may see a newscast and/or syndicated fare.

    Yes, I’m pretty sure all the weird and silly crap she does is her claim to fame these days, and that she only does it for attention. It seems to be working pretty well for now. In fact, I remember seeing an article on EW where she said she wanted to make history with her VMA stunt. (Remember the twerking and the foam finger?)

  • Stephen Judson

    I think Family Guy may get a boost next weeks episode because of Brain’s death (which I don’t understand why needed to happen) because people want to see if it is permanent or not.

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