TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time' & 'Family Guy' Rise + 'Revenge', 'The Mentalist' & 'The Amazing Race' Flat

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December 9th, 2013

Revenge December 9

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.9/12 3.3/8 2.0/5 1.5/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.2/12 3.3/10 1.2/3 1.0/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.83 8.51 9.87 5.73 2.23

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:  Due to NFL football overrun, CBS prime started 27 minutes delayed in the following markets: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Houston, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.  Ratings are subject to change.

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

On NBC  Sunday Night Football, (Panthers-Saints) earned a preliminary 6.0, up from last week's preliminary 5.4  adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX,  The Simpsons matched the  3.0 adults 18-49 rating it earned two weeks ago. Bob’s Burgers scored a 2.1, up half a ratings point from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy notched a 2.6, up four tenths from a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating two weeks ago. American Dad garnered a 2.1, up four tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down from last week's football inflated 3.9 adults 18-49 rating.The two hour season finale of The Amazing Race matched last week's 2.1  adults 18-49 rating, which is an all-time low for a finale.  The Mentalist was even with last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating when the show aired after primetime.

On ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos garnered a 1.5, up three tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Once Upon a Time earned a 2.2, up three tenths from last week’s series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too pessimistic! Revenge matched the 1.5 adults 18-49 rating its last original earned on November 17. Betrayal notched a series low tying 0.8, down a tenth from a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating on November 17.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 8, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM FOX Football Overrun 6.0 16 18.27
CBS 60 Minutes 2.2 6 11.44
NBC Football Night in America 1.9 5 6.16
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.5 4 6.97
7:30PM NBC Football Night in America 2.9 8 8.17
FOX The OT 4.2 11 11.90
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America/ Pre-Kick 4.5 11 13.45
FOX The Simpsons 3.0 8 6.82
ABC Once Upon a Time 2.2 5 6.88
CBS The Amazing Race (8-10PM) 2.1 6 9.21
8:30PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11PM)  6.0  15  16.57
FOX Bob's Burgers 2.1 5 4.58
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 2.6 6 5.23
ABC Revenge 1.5 4 5.98
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.1 5 4.27
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 1.7 4 9.64
ABC Betrayal 0.8 2 3.10

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




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  • Douglas from Brazil

    Why people care about Revenge getting renewed just to reach syndication?Soapy and serialized shows doesn’t sell in syndication, doesn’t return money.Besides, Revenge is boring,you can’t blame The Walking Dead for low ratings,even dvr numbers are low.People got tired of Revenge and they’re watching something else.


    I believe that CBS will choose TGW over TM since they own it and it’s critically acclaimed.But you have to count on ratings too.

  • Smaug

    Well, Revenge is actually up if compared to the last episode that got a 5,71 or something like that. Revenge will perform better in the next episode, which is half season finale.

    I wouldn’t worry about the show’s future yet. Revenge has a bigger fish to fry.

  • Alec

    Anyone have the half hours?

  • al

    @douglas from brazil

    dante is that you?

  • diana

    I’m not really surprised by revenges even though it didn’t have the walking dead to face ABC barely gave it any promotion to the point where people had no idea that it was on if ABC at least aired like a few promos for it then its ratings would’ve been a little better

  • David

    My guess is people are curious about the next step on The Mentalist. Not sure if it will hold up if the show continues to be uninteresting as last night’s episode. It was kind of boring. And, given that Peter killed himself at the end of last night’s Family Guy, does that mean he’s off the show like Brian?

  • Douglas from Brazil


    Ugly Betty was shoot in LA but it was expensive,then ABC move the show to shoot in New York which was cheaper.They can do the same with Nashville too,moving the show to LA.

  • enri

    @DenverDean- WB might slash fees for the mentalist to keep it another year. Who knows maybe they’ll find a way to keep it and the good wife. It’s not like CSI, elementary, blue bloods or 5-0 are doing amazing.

  • Douglas from Brazil


    No, it’s not dante.

  • al

    @douglass from brazil

    it stills need 2 seasons for syndication in ratings will keep going down

  • Michael

    @Diana, I saw 3 Revenge promos during ABC’s highest rated drama (Scandal) and several during OUAT. I think that is a Fan Bingo Excuse.

  • were123

    @Douglas from Brazil
    The same things has been said over and over again:
    Fact: Nikita- serialized show, awful ratings, renewed for season 4
    Fringe- semi serialized show, bad ratings, renewed for season 4 and 5
    Chuck- serialized, bad ratings, renewed for season 5
    It doesn’t matter if it is serialized or not, if it’s about to reach season 4, it will be renewed, FACT!
    Repeats ratings also don’t matter: Fringe got 0.4s for repeats, still got renewed.

  • faby

    i’m hapypy for ouat

  • Wade

    Bad for revenge :( :( :( I was hoping it would rise because of the pre wedding episode, fingers crossed for not adjusting down… Seriously hoping the revenge wedding will go up to 2.0, or the least, higher than now… Fingers crossed…

  • Ankit Dasgupta

    ABC Will Renew Revenge… Fans And Haters need not worry !

  • Wade

    Revenge had totally redeemed itself this season, people need to start watching it LIVE!!!

  • HalCapone

    I wonder if the Lifetime, A&E and History Channel Bonnie & Clyde crossover event did well. ABC has a 50% ownership stake in each of those cable networks.

  • Douglas from Brazil


    The problem with Revenge is the plot they’re doing.Revenge became too soapy,so silly, so predictable,I loved the show first season,but since season 2 things went down.This season has been awful to watch,the pregnant thing that Emily did to hold Daniel is just stupid and lazy writing.I still watch the show but right now I prefer it cancelled.

  • Ankit Dasgupta

    ABC Needs to Promote Revenge. Third Season is Great!

  • Duarte

    I continue think that it’s bad enought to stop Revenge to reach syndication.

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