February 18, 2013 9:03am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Revenge' and 'Bob's Burgers' Get Boosts, 'Amazing Race' Opens Short
Without football playoffs, the Super Bowl or the Grammys dominating the night, the schedule settled into something of a new routine on Sunday night -- and Fox's animation block reaped the benefits in the key demo. Though mostly down from last week, the network topped adults 18-49 for the night with an average 1.7 adults rating. The Cleveland Show (1.1 adults) was off three tenths of a point before a steady Simpsons (2.0 adults). Bob's Burgers (1.9 adults) was up a tenth of a point, while both Family Guy (2.4 adults) and American Dad (1.9 adults) were down by a tenth. Fox averaged 3.8 million viewers.
CBS had roughly five minutes of golf overage run into primetime in Eastern and Central time zones thanks to the Northern Trust Open, so the network could see some adjustments when final ratings come in. As it stands, 60 Minutes (1.3 adults) was down half of a point from last week's Grammy lead-in, and The Amazing Race (2.4 adults) premiere was down four tenths of a point from last spring's opener. The Good Wife (1.4 adults) was off a tenth of a point, tying a series low, and The Mentalist (1.5 adults) was off four tenths of a point from its last original. The network averaged a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and a dominant 9.2 million viewers.
After a dipping America's Funniest Home Videos (1.5 adults, down three tenths from last week), ABC saw boosts from last week's Grammy-hampered episodes. Once Upon a Time (2.3 adults) was up a tenth of a point, while Revenge (1.8 adults) jumped four tenths of a point. An encore of the Zero Hour premiere pulled a 0.9 rating in the key demo, giving the network an average 1.6 adults rating for the night and 5.9 million viewers.
NBC aired a new episode of Dateline (1.0 adults rating), down half of a point from its last Sunday original six weeks ago. Encores of Betty White's Off Their Rockers (1.0 adults) led into a repeat airing of Saturday Night Live special In the 90s Pop Culture Nation (1.4 adults). The network averaged a 1.2 adults rating and 4.4 million viewers.