Fall 2012 TV Schedule Night by Night: Sunday

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May 20th, 2012

Continuing our night-by-night look at the Fall 2012 schedule, we move to Sunday.  The only changes on the night are two ABC shows, and one CBS show, but only one of those shows are new.  Desperate Housewives, long an ABC tentpole is gone, and hopeful sophomore Revenge takes its place at 9pm, followed by the only new show of the night, 666 Park Avenue.

Last spring there was some doubt about the NFL season, but there's no doubt this year. Sunday Night Football will, of course, dominate the night's ratings. ABC won't top football, but it may well top the night after football season.

Will The Good Wife finally be sold into syndication? Considering the tenacity of Les Moonves' salespeople, I'm going with yes, but it hasn't been an easy sell. The Mentalist takes the place of canceled CSI: Miami at 1opm. The Mentalist will have 116+ episodes at the end of next season (its 5th), and isn't owned by CBS. Next spring will be an interesting time for fans worried about the show's future.

No new shows for Fox's Sunday animation line up next season. The Cleveland Show will join the night at 7:30 after football season.

Take a trip down memory lane with last season's 2011's Sunday Fall schedule:

  • MoHasanie

    I really hope ABC can survive against The Golden Globes and then the Grammy’s. OUAT did alright against them this year, but I’m really worried Revenge won’t be strong enough.

  • Matthew

    Only watch Once Upon a Time for me.

  • Charles

    Other than watching SNF, I’ll try to give 666 Park Ave a shot. At least in October, TWD will start back up and I can watch that again.

  • Liam

    Sorry if someone else has mentioned this, I havnt looked through the comments yet,

    But I think ABC should put Revenge on at 10 and 666 Park Avenue on at 9 as Once and 666 seem like supernatural type-ish shows and might be a perfect match for each other.

  • danny94

    all the best for revenge on sunday night it really is such a brilliant show it really does deserve higher figere’s then it gets hopefully on sunday it will get them

  • Aquitar

    ABC’s got my attention from 8-10!

  • Ram510

    I’ll be watching the whole ABC line up, assuming Revenge and 666 will be good. I’ll try to squeeze in Simpsons and American Dad (still willing to go back to FG) if time allows.

    666 maybe in a tough stop since Sunday at 10 is very busy on cable often times thought the season such as AMC shows.

  • Tom

    Despite not a lot of shows, there are a lot of questions – most related to the assisted care facility that is CBS Sunday nights.

    Revenge: I don’t see much upside, as I think the closer to 49 end audience that watched DH is more dependable (at least in C+3) than the closer to 18 end that watched Revenge. (Then again, I don’t have a firm grasp on OUAT’s audience – is it more 18-34 or 35-49 than the average ABC show?) I see it keeping its audience from Wednesdays, which would be a drop from DH.

    666: Looking at AHS’ numbers, women like some amount of sexy horror. The question is if 666 is more suspense than horror. I see slightly better than Pan Am numbers to start with but the same general arc, the question being if the backorder comes in before that’s apparent.

    TGW: I see more high 1s sinking to mid 1s, with no certainty on its future. Do they sell it into syndication and timeswap with The Mentalist later in the season? Do they not sell it and pad it with another season on Fridays? Heck if I know!

    The Mentalist: I see it losing two or three tenths starting at 10(:30). But I have no clue as to its long term prospects: If NY, TGW, UB, MIJ, Vegas all die, then it could easily get another season, possibly even on Sunday. If many survive, and/or CBS expands their comedy hours, then it’s on extremely thin inc. I can’t even guess.

    NBC obviously wins in Fall, ABC takes second, and CBS fighting to stay out of fourth. Fourth! If you ever needed confirmation of the money made in syndication…

  • Erika

    I’ll be watching football when it’s a good game or my team is playing, and of course when there’s repeats on.

    8-9 Once Upon a time/ I’ll DVR The Amazing Race
    9-10 Football
    10-11 I’ll try 666 Park Avenue

    Of course there will probably some shows on cable as well.

  • Ram510

    Im not sure any more if this is the last season of both TGW and Mentalist. Before the schedule came out I was pretty sure both would be done. But if they both end at the end of the season and TAR sort of waning that wound mean CBS would need to launch almost an entire new Sunday line up the following season.

    As one commenter pointed out with all the overrun it’s hard to launch a new show so they will most likely put veterans there. CBS has plenty of veterans (CM, BB, H50, both NCIS ect.) that could replace both if the end but would CBS really want to put 2 veterans in a new Sunday slot at the same time?

    I figure if Mentalist pulls better year over year number it will get another season and that will be its last (maybe even a short one and be replaced midseason). The only way I see TGW getting another season is if it gets better number or maybe moves to Friday. Mentalist seems like it has a better chance

  • GDfriends

    8pm – OUAT has the edge but IMO the show won’t sustain it’s numbers as the story can and has dragged a bit with TAR coming close to matching her

    9pm – Family Guy/American Dad have the edge with Revenge/TGW battling it out for 2nd…neither has the advantage as both have similar numbers

    10pm – The Mentalist has the edge, 666 will debut decently but I believe will fall thereafter

  • bluejays

    @Doug. To be fair I don’t think CBS have got anyone to blame but themselves for the fate of The Mentalist. It was shaping up to be a big show but they moved it to ten to try and create a big ten pm hit. It didn’t work. The show was a hit – for the timeslot. But it never reached the numbers of the nine pm shows.

    Same thing happened last year when they launched HFO at ten, they should have put it at nine. Instead they tried again to create a massive hit at ten. Again HFO is a big hit – for the timeslot.

    They should have kept The Mentalist at nine if they wanted a huge hit.

  • j

    Well, ABC should hope that its shows return to fall #s. Once Upon a Time just hit a 3 4x and just missed it 4x in the spring.

    It would be good for Revenge, my favorite broadcast show.

  • ChrisA

    ABC – Once Upon a Time and Revenge (95% both shows are going to be DVR cause of work)

    Wished ABC renewed “Missing”. “666 Park Avenue” looks bad I want “Missing” or “V” back.

  • Aeiouy

    Sunday was one of my lowest network nights of the week this year. Adding revenge and mentalist will boost it up. I really only watched good wife this last year. Started watching family guy a few months ago so may pick that up.

  • V

    Why would TGW grow? I watch DH and i’m not watching it.
    9pm is the battle of in house shows. ABC and CBS want there own shows to grow, but that isn’t going to happen.
    I expect both 10pm shows to beat the 9pm shows.

  • Holly


    To be fair I don’t think CBS have got anyone to blame but themselves for the fate of The Mentalist. It was shaping up to be a big show but they moved it to ten to try and create a big ten pm hit. It didn’t work. The show was a hit – for the timeslot

    I agree with this. I can see why they moved it so early, especially with NCIS: LA premiering, but the show probably would have done better overall if it had stayed at 9 for at least another year. Something has to go at 10 and CBS usually only has one or two 9:00 possibilities, but that move hurt The Mentalist a lot.

  • Dan S

    Since I’m out in the west we don’t have any time delays to worry about. Even without a delay CBS is out this season & I’ll be watching ABC from 8-11pm & The Simpsons. Come Jan I’ll check out Do No Harm on NBC unless they rejigger there schedule & move it elsewhere.

  • Ultima

    NBC obviously wins in Fall, ABC takes second, and CBS fighting to stay out of fourth. Fourth! If you ever needed confirmation of the money made in syndication…

    I think you’re underestimating the effect on ratings from football overruns on CBS and FOX, as well as postseason baseball on FOX.

    This season, FOX averaged a 3.3 rating for the 13 Sundays in the fall (and that’s with a 1.0 one week due to a rain-out). There’s simply no way that ABC is going to be anywhere close to that.

    It would be a significant accomplishment if ABC could beat CBS for third (for comparison, this season CBS averaged a 2.9, ABC averaged a 2.3).

  • Joe


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