Sunday TV Ratings: DOWNTON ABBEY Nearly Doubles Previous Season, HAPPY ENDINGS and DON’T TRUST THE B Hit Series Lows

     January 7, 2013

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The holiday hiatus is officially over, and it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights of Sunday’s TV ratings:

  • Season three of Downton Abbey had its stateside premiere last night on PBS, earning a whopping 7.9 million viewers.  The two-hour premiere was up a ridiculous 96% over its season two premiere, which garnered 4.2 million viewers.
  • News wasn’t as great for ABC’s displaced comedies Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23.  The network is now airing (burning off?) both shows twice a week, and the comedies hit series lows in their Sunday debut.  Happy Endings scored a 1.0 rating and 2.57 million viewers, while Don’t Trust the B garnered a 0.9 rating and 2.23 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, January 6th, including Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and more.

PBS

  • downton-abbey-season-3The season three premiere of Downton Abbey was a smashing success, drawing an audience of 7.9 million viewers for a 96% rise over its season two premiere of 4.2 million viewers.

CBS

  • The Good Wife was even with its most recent new episode, earning a 1.8 rating and 10 million viewers.
  • A new episode of The Mentalist tied its season high rating of 2.1 and 10.73 million viewers, up 31% from its most recent new episode’s 1.6 rating.

ABC

  • ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time scored a 3.1 rating and 9.04 million viewers, even with its last new episode.
  • Revenge was down, hitting a 2.3 rating and 7 million viewers versus its last new episode’s 2.4 rating.
  • Debuting in a new timeslot, Happy Endings garnered a new series low 1.0 rating and 2.57 million viewers.  That’s a 23% drop from its last new episode’s 1.3 rating.
  • Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 tied its series low 0.9 rating and 2.23 million viewers, which is down 18% from its last new episode’s 1.1 rating.

FOX

  • All of Fox’s programs started three minutes later due to NFL overrun, so the numbers may be skewed up a bit.  Nevertheless, The Simpsons hit a 4.4 rating and 9.65 million viewers, up 29% from its last new episode’s 3.4 rating.
  • A new episode of Bob’s Burgers garnered a 3.1 rating and 6.52 million viewers for a rise of 48% from its last new episode’s 2.1 rating.
  • Also up, Family Guy earned a 3.5 rating and 7.09 million viewers.  That’s a 40% rise over its last new episode’s 2.5 rating.
  • Finally, American Dad rose 40% from its last original episode’s 2.0 rating with a 2.8 rating and 5.57 million viewers. 

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