TV Ratings Sunday: 'Revenge' Returns Up, 'The Good Wife' & 'The Mentalist' Down, Football Elevates 'The Simpsons' & 'Bob's Burgers'

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January 6th, 2014

Revenge January 5

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.6/16 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.3/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 6.0/17 1.1/3 1.2/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 17.754 5.804 5.795 8.332 1.852

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

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

On FOX, NFL Football (49ers/Packers) garnered a huge 13.3 preliminary adults 18-49 rating up 177 percent from last week’s preliminary4.8. The game lifted FOX’s entire line-up. However, all of the animated shows started 7 minutes late, so expect adjustments. The Simpsons scored a season high 5.2 adults 18-49 rating up 49 percent from a 3.5 on December 15. Bob’s Burgers earned a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating up 33 percent from December 15’s 2.4. Family Guy matched the 3.0 for its most recent new episode on December 15. American Dad notched a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating up 4 percent from a 2.4 on December 15.

On ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos earned a season high 1.6 adults 18-49 rating up 14 percent from a 1.4 on December 15. The special The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo notched a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Revenge scored a 13 week high with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating up 20 percent from a 1.5 on December 15. Your predictions were a bit pessimistic. Betrayal returned to a adults 18-49 rating from a 0.8 on December 15.

On NBC , a two hour Dateline earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down 13 percent from a 1.5 for last year’s Sunday premiere on January 6, 2013. Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special garnered a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 60 Minutes scored a season low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 43 percent from a 2.1 on December 22.The Good Wife returned to a 1.4 down 13 percent from a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating on December 1. The Mentalist earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 17 percent from a 1.8 on December 8.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, January 5, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football (49ers/Packers) - Live 13.3/34 41.51
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.6/4 6.80
NBC Dateline  (7-9PM) 1.3/3 5.90
CBS 60 Minutes 1.2/3 7.41
7:30 FOX NFL Football/The OT - Live 12.1/29 35.84
8:00 FOX The Simpsons 5.2/13 12.04
ABC  The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo 1.8/4 6.32
CBS Elementary -R 1.0/2 6.75
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 3.2/8 6.35
9:00 FOX Family Guy 3.0/7 5.76
NBC Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special (9-11PM) 2.0/5 5.71
ABC Revenge 1.8/4 6.69
CBS The Good Wife 1.4/3 9.24
9:30 FOX American Dad 2.5/6 5.03
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.5/4 9.93
ABC Betrayal 0.8/2 3.38

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.




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  • Matt M.


    I guess, but CBS has given TGW way too many chances to improve. And it always fails to improve.

  • Seth

    Outstanding for Jimmy Fallon.

  • tv_viewer

    Nolan knows that Patrick saw him but the box in the safe. I agree that Nolan will put something else in the box.

  • Annie

    Revenge had posted a 1.9 rating from 9-9:30, but fell to 1.7 from 9:30-10. People weren’t impressed, and that doesn’t bode well for next week.

  • Oliver

    Woah, season high for AFHV?

  • tv_viewer

    I meant “Nolan knows that Patrick saw him put the box in the safe.”

  • Melissa

    @Sara Bibel

    Will the “final ratings” for Thursday and Friday be posted today? Or have you guys decided not to post the “final ratings” anymore? Just curious.

  • FringeFan

    Revenge is dead.

  • frodo

    Downton Abby and Revenge do share an audience. Most people I know, myself included watch both.
    Downton Abby is just another stylish soap opera. With that said the first episode of this season for Downton was mediocre.

  • E

    Anyone know why CBS was delayed 5 minutes in prime time? The NFL game ended at 4:30.

  • Kissan

    Half Hour Ratings

    The Bachelor

    1.8 and 6.39 mill. viewers

    1.8 and 6.25 mill. viewers


    1.9 and 7.01 mill. viewers

    1.7 and 6.37 mill. viewers

    The Good Wife

    1.5 and 9.51 mill. viewers

    1.3 and 8.97 mill. viewers

    Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

    1.8 and 5.79 mill. viewers

    2.0 and 5.67 mill. viewers

    2.0 and 5.40 mill. viewers

    2.2 and 5.99 mill. viewers

  • k:Alex

    Jimmy did good prime time, maybe some good news for the Leno switch?

  • fra

    revenge will go against golden globe! good luck with that. abc is so much dumb

  • tom_scavo

    @Matt M.

    «The Mentalist has much better chances of renewal than The Good Wife and Elementary.»

    And in what world do you have your sources? I had to laugh so hard at your comment.

  • kul65

    I don’t get CBS scheduling this week. Why would you air a rerun of a non-Sunday show at 8 PM and the new episodes of the standards later in the evening? Surely, The Mentalist would’ve had better ratings at 8PM?

  • Kaaboom

    Revenge! :D

  • Jackie

    the only BAD writing Revenge did is this,,

    Daniel saw Victoria/Emily have their confrontation on the boat (hence Daniel hearing Emily admit the fake pregnancy, etc). So Daniel HAD to have seen Aiden come from behind and grab/drug Victoria…..so how come he hasn’t mentioned that? why didn’t he help his freakin mother in that moment?

    its like we are supposed to just pretend he “heard” them but didn’t actually “see” them. that is bad writing

  • were123

    I think some of those people wanted to check out The Jimmy Fallon special; after all it went from a 1.8 to a 2.0 while Revenge dropped 2 tenths.

  • RJ

    Elementary will run for two more seasons, at least. CBS adores the show, and also owns it. It got the post-Super Bowl timeslot last season. It isn’t going anywhere and you can take that to the bank.

  • Ronald


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