TV Ratings Sunday: 'Revenge' & 'Once Upon a Time' Fall, 'Family Guy' Rises + 'Survivor' Finale Hits Low

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December 16th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.1/11 4.0/11 2.2/6 1.4/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.7/11 3.1/10 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.00 12.20 9.66 5.72 1.88

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.  


The start of CBS prime was delayed in several eastern and central time zones due to NFL football overruns. Ratings are tentative and subject to change

 FOX was number one among adults 18-49, but NBC led with total viewers. 

On FOX,  The Simpsons earned a 3.5, up four tenths from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Bob’s Burgers scored a 2.4, up three tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy notched a 3.0, up three tenths from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating . American Dad garnered a 2.4, up three tenths from last week's  2.1 adults 18-49 rating

On NBC  Sunday Night Football, (Bengals-Steelers) earned a preliminary 4.9, down from last week's preliminary 6.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 1.7, down three tenths from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.The two hour season finale of Survivor: Blood vs Water earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from series' most recent episode last Wednesday, but down from the 3.2 that last year's fall finale earned, and an all time finale low for the series.  Survivor: Blood vs Water reunion special earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos garnered a  1.4, down a tenth from last week's 1.5  adults 18-49 rating.  Once Upon a Time earned a 1.9, down two tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating and tying its series low.  Revenge earned a 1.5, down a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions for both were too optimistic. Betrayal notched a 0.8, up a tenth from last week's  series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 15, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM FOX Football Overrun 6.9 20 21.38
CBS 60 Minutes 1.7 5 10.611
NBC Football Night in America 1.6 5 5.39
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4 4 6.65
7:30PM FOX The OT 6.5 18 19.50
NBC Football Night in America 2.1 6 6.72
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America/ Pre-Kick 4.0 11 12.65
FOX The Simpsons 3.5 9 8.38
CBS Survivor: Blood vs. Water (8-10PM) 2.6 6 10.17
ABC Once Upon a Time 1.9 5 6.40
8:30PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11PM)  4.9  13  14.56
FOX Bob's Burgers 2.4 6 5.53
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 3.0 7 6.27
ABC Revenge 1.5 4 6.10
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.4 6 4.94
10:00PM CBS Survivor: Blood vs Water Reunion 1.9 5 7.70
ABC Betrayal 0.8 2 3.70

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




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  • Ann

    What a shame for Once. It was an excellent episode although kind of hopeless at the end. I’m not sure if they can come back from this.

    And do the DVR ratings really matter that much? I know they’ve been making up a lot of this with DVRs but do advertisers care about those numbers?

    Or is it a seasonal thing? Do most series dip a little around the holidays?

  • a p garcia

    Revenge deserves higher ratings, but at least it is steady. The question is how has Betrayal managed to stay on the air wen the ratings haven’t improved.

  • Dante

    Does anyone think folks on this board are more worried/negative about Revenge than ABC execs are? They know they are in a 3rd season and are probably set on a final 4th regardless what the show does in January, March, April, or May.

    Or…am I wrong?

  • Samantha

    Mike Kelley created Revenge & he’s all but destroyed it. The show, in my opinion, has yet to recovery from the mess he made of it in season 2. I said I’ve give the show until the winter finale to decide .. well I’ve decided .. I’m done. I hope those who are really enjoying it continue to do so. Truly.

  • Ronald

    Dang men OUAT and Revenge were great last nigths both had their best episodes of the seasons it’s a shame the ratings dont reflect it, sunday is not a great day for both shows… but what else can they do?… now Once returns in march 3 months Hiatus and Revenge too… thay need to do something and fast cause they will sink lower when they return

  • Taylor

    psychic, I’m definitely slowly losing interest in Once Upon a Time. I haven’t watched it live for the past several weeks, and I used to pretty much always watch it live for the most part up until this season. Once Upon a Time just isn’t what I would consider “Must See TV” any more, but I have been watching it either on DVR or on Hulu lately. Although, I’m not a Nielsen household viewer, so my viewing habits don’t really matter or count anyway.

  • Carl

    The winner of Survivor was predictable weeks and weeks ago and the reunion always sucks. They were lucky to get the viewers they got.

  • ally

    sucks for revenge was hoping the hype would lead to a spike in the ratings, I hope that if abc renew it is for a final season as I really wanna see how the show ends.

  • Miley the Queen


    ABC executives would cut Revenge now if it wasn’t for syndication.

    You’ll when they cancel Nashville and in may and throw Revenge for midseason.

  • Layo

    So sad to see OUAT and Revenge down. Both shows are amazing. I still cant believe why people have lost interest in them. There is no way back….It will be hard for both shows to recover…

    After Desperate Housewives, it will be hard to have a show with such huge ratings..

  • Tom

    Is it just me or are we hearing “Your predictions were too optimistic.” A LOT this season?

  • psychic

    @Taylor, I’m the same. I missed an episode and wasn’t able to force myself to catch up with it, and I actually forgot the show even existed yesterday so I missd yesterday’s episode too. I’m just not interested in the exploits of Pan and co. And I hear they’re doing a “reset” and after season 4 of Fringe I’m not a big fan of resets.

  • Miley the Queen

    *You’ll when they cancel Nashville and in may and throw Revenge for midseason.”

    You’ll see

  • Samunto

    Speaking from a creative stand point: Revenge jumped the shark a looong time ago and has not gotten back to shape and i’m afraid it won’t. Not suprising that Josh aka Daniel Grayson wants to be killed off the show.

    Nothing makes sense on Revenge and it’s no longer even a guilty pleasure. The new showrunner has basically turned everyone into a baddie such that there’s no one to root for. The ratings speak volumes.

  • Addrell

    Lol Everybody talking about OUaT and Revenge, Go FOX!!!

  • honestly think OUAT and Revenge would do so much better in new timeslots both are great shows

  • Raffie

    Considering how poorly Fox is doing in general, I wonder if they would ever rotate episodes of their other scripted programs (Glee, New Girl, Brooklyn 99) into the post Cowboys slot on Sundays. Get some eyes on their other shows instead of just inflating their cartoon ratings.

  • Al

    U guys forgot that once and revenge have the most competiton both will go up in the spring


  • diana

    like seriously i still can’t believe these ratings both shows were action packed last nights i guess that it shows that the ratings system is flawed i’ve noticed that if its not cable drama, political drama, medical drama or procedural then nothing really has a chance

  • Dante

    @Miley the Queen

    Maybe ABC will do something like give both Nashville and Revenge shortened seasons and air them on Wednesday’s nights. Like 13 episodes of each show to cover the entire season. Make it the final season for Revenge and see how Nashville does with a short run. No?

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