TV Ratings Sunday: 'The Following' Returns Up, 'Revenge' & 'Betrayal' Down as NFC Championship Wins Big

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January 20th, 2014

The Following Season 2 Premiere

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 12.8/32 0.9/2 0.9/2 0.9/2 0.6/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 11.5/34 0.6/2 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 36.854 5.725 4.249 3.476 1.598

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for FOX (NFL Football)  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/Seahawks) scored a preliminary (coming soon) . The season two premiere of The Following, part of which aired after primetime, earned a series high 4.4 adults 18-49 rating up 38 percent from a 3.2  for the season one premiere on Monday, January 21, 2013 and up 63 percent from a 2.7 for the season one finale. Note that the ratings for The Following are time zone adjusted data and therefore should not adjust in the finals.

On CBS, 60 Minutes garnered a 1.3,down 68 percent from last week's football inflated 4.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the special The Bachelor: The Romances notched a 0.9 down 10 percent from the 1.0 adults 18-49 rating last week's Bachelor special earned. Revenge scored a 1.3 down 19 percent from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating and tying its series low. The finale of Betrayal tied its series low with a 0.7 down 13 percent from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline notched a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 38 percent from a 1.3 for its last Sunday original on January 5.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, January 19, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football (49ers/Seahawks) (7-10:18PM)  coming soon 55.9
CBS 60 Minutes 1.3/3 7.83
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.8/2 4.42
NBC Dateline 0.8/2 4.25
8:00 ABC The Bachelor: Love Stories 0.9/2 3.91
NBC  Bridesmaids (8-11PM) 0.9/2 3.20
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.7/2 4.41
9:00 ABC Revenge 1.3/3 5.31
CBS The Mentalist - R 0.7/2 4.55
10:00 CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.0/3 6.11
ABC Betrayal - Finale 0.7/2 3.36
10:30 FOX The Following (10:18-11:18) - Season Premiere 4.4/ 11.2

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




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  • Tom

    It looks like Revenge is finally living up to its title again. This show only worked when Emily was taking heads on a weekly basis. However, heavily serialized dramas have difficulty attracting new viewers or recapturing lost ones. So, I’m not optimistic the show will ever recover its former ratings.

  • Ultima

    For those who didn’t read the blurb, TF’s numbers ARE timezone adjusted


    Seriously, I almost always read the text! :)

  • solverex

    If ABC were smart, they’d move Revenge to another night. The show is really picking up and it deserves a better night to air than Sunday.

  • Max Vrany

    The AFC Championship received a 29.5 metered market rating, which is the second highest rating for the early Championship window since the NFL moved the conference championships to 3 and 6:30 ET (behind Packers-Bears in 2011). CBS said it was the second highest rated AFC Championship in 27 years (behind Jets-Steelers in 2011, which aired in the primetime slot.)

    The NFC Championship received a 31.0 metered market rating, which is the fourth highest rating for the late Championship window since the NFL moved the conference championships to 3 and 6:30 ET (behind Giants-Packers in 2008, Vikings-Steelers in 2010, Jets-Steelers in 2011 and Giants-49ers in 2012). FOX said it was up 19% from 49ers-Falcons last year, which aired in the afternoon.

  • Steph

    Revenge was so good last night! I expected it to not do well against football. I agree with others that it will still do good enough for S4, but don’t agree that it will jump up at 10 pm… because I think a lot of people watch their DVR shows at 10, but we’ll see… I’m hopeful!

  • Blake

    Revenge actually did OK against such juggernaut football competition. Desperate Housewives used to decline a lot on comparable January nights.

    Those who missed last night’s episode will have plenty of time to catch up on DVR or online before the spring premiere in March.

  • Potato

    I was GOING to watch the following, had it started at 10:30 like it was supposed to…

  • Rebecca

    It wasn’t in prime time, but congrats to the Denver Broncos – this household doesn’t follow football much but since we’re in CO Springs we rooted for Denver all season and are pleased they’ll be at the Super Bowl.

    I watched AFV, not knowing it was a rerun at first, and then later saw most of Bridesmaids – I have the dvd but wanted to see how much would be edited for network TV. Forgot about Downton Abbey so I’ll stream it soon. School holiday today so we’re off to see a movie.

  • Sam

    Pretty good for the following. I expect it to drop a lot on his normal time slot though.

  • ChipL955

    CSI Fan wrote:


    I’m sorry because you’re usually right, but this time I think you’re wrong.
    I remember (not exactly when) in November/December that OUAT had and original and a movie to 9pm-11pm, so instead of showing this movie they could easily put an episode of Revenge and in January only had 2 episodes (the winter break). IMHO.

    The movie was the annual “Hallmark Hall of Fame” Christmas special, and I am guessing that ABC’s agreement with Hallmark specifies that “Hall of Fame” will air Sundays at 9:00 p.m., as it did for years on CBS and before that on NBC. And moreover that one of the “Hall of Fame” telecasts each year will be Christmas-themed. So “instead of showing this movie” was not a possibility.

  • Shawn

    Abc is STUPID for airing NEW EPISODES of shows the same night of the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!! Wow, who is the moron that made that decision?

  • Daniel

    @Simon THANK YOU!!!!
    @Matt M. YES!!!
    @danny94 It still was #1 if you don’t count the game.

    What the heck? I had no idea The Following premiere came on last night, I unwillingly missed Revenge, and I didn’t know Sherlock was back tonight. Goodness. I thought when they said a sneak peek at the Following it was only going be a few minutes. OUGH!!!! Well, anyway, despite its series low, Revenge came in second. These last two episodes have taken a really weird, unexpected turn for me. I kinda like it, and I kinda don’t…..; Strong rating for The Following. Obviously because it was inflated by the game leading up to it.

  • r0ckmypants

    @CSI Fan – “I remember (not exactly when) in November/December that OUAT had and original and a movie to 9pm-11pm, so instead of showing this movie they could easily put an episode of Revenge and in January only had 2 episodes (the winter break)”

    ABC is contractually obligated to air the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies three times a year. So, no, they can’t just not show that movie.

    But because of things like the Hall of Fame movies, Revenge is airing episodes this month, whereas Once Upon a Time will have been off the air for three full months when it returns. Which do people prefer to complain about? Low ratings for January episodes, or a show being off the air for too long?

  • Shepherd


    Which do people prefer to complain about? Low ratings for January episodes, or a show being off the air for too long?

    I don’t think they really have a preference; the same people seem to complain about both! No matter what ABC does, it’s always; “why does ABC insist on killing my show…”

  • Gaius Bolling

    At E! Online they have Paul Lee talking at the TCA’s about Grey’s Anatomy and Revenge and he said Revenge isn’t going anywhere and he sees both shows being on awhile. He said the back 9 episodes that were pitched for Revenge has the network excited and they are already looking ahead to season 4. He also said the move to 10 is a good thing because the show can go darker and they’re happy about less restrictions. I honestly think ABC has other issues other than Revenge. The only thing that sounded doomed in the interview was Super Fun Night. He even sounded positive about Trophy Wife. Because he likes where it is creatively but they are considering some moves for it.

  • Mon

    The Following did much better than H50 last year 3.5/9 13 million viewers 10:16-11:16pm

  • Paul

    The good news for Fox, a lot of drunken football fans forgot to turn off their tv after the game. The bad news, actual fans (and hatewatch fans) of the Following didn’t get to see it due to their massive DVR screwup. Maybe they’ll get the word out that the episode is repeating next week. Maybe not. It will be interesting to see how the ratings pan out for the rest of the season.

  • Simon

    If The Following adjusts down I expect it to adjust to 3.6 as indecated in the half hours. Still HUGE premiere numbers and pretty much on par if it adjusts down, with last year’s series premiere.

  • HalCapone

    Revenge did fine. Nothing in that time slot, including a live broadcast of the
    “second coming” would have done better than Revenge did against the playoff championship game. Sunday is a huge television viewing night with big sports or some other big live event special airing with some regularity before the start of the bummer-summer ratings. Competing networks can either capitulate by airing more lower rated repeats or try to be at least a little competitive by running new episodes to ensure the entire season of a program airs before the insignificant summer ratings season starts.

  • Dennis

    The Following will repeat next monday at 8 pm, before a new episode at 9 pm, so in case you missed it, don’t worry

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