Fall 2012 TV Schedule Night by Night: Sunday

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September 4th, 2012

Continuing our night-by-night look at the Fall 2012 Fall TV 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:

  • omabin

    It’s insane how full ths night is!

    I watch: the entire ABC’s lineup (Once Upon a Time, Revenge, 666 Park Avenue), The Good Wife, The Walking Dead (possibly my favorite show last season, bash on it as much was you want), Dexter (the show I am looking forwad to the most) and Homeland. It’s ridiculous how much stuff I will have to watch on Monday!

  • Nick

    OUAT, Revenge(second favorite drama), dvr The Amazing Race


    I predict ABC Sundays will be very weak…

    2.0-2.2 AFV
    2.6-3.0 OUAT
    2.2-2.4 Revenge
    1.5-1.7 666

    ABC will be battling it out with CBS for 3rd


    I assume that’s just for the fall with NBC that high. In that case, you’re significantly underestimating FOX; they should average a 4.0 or so in the fall due to NFL doubleheaders running into primetime and postseason baseball.

    I said that everything I posted would be the ratings when there is no football overrun. And postseason baseball is a special event, it doesn’t count either.


    OUAT – 3.0
    Revenge – 2.7
    666 Park – 2.2

    Hah! There’s no way ABC is gonna be that low in the fall. 666 Park will also retain more audience from Revenge.

  • rob60990

    So we’re predicting Once Upon a Time will start hitting season lows this fall out of nowhere?

  • joss

    OUAT wont be lower than 3.2 that is for sure

  • Tony JJ

    I can’t believe the way people are talking about ABC on Sundays, OUAT is a hit drama whether you like it or not. Revenge is a dark horse that will shine new light being at the prime 9pm and with a great lead in. 666 Park Ave will definitely premiere high in the mid 3s.

    My premiere ratings estimates.

    America’s Funniest Home Videos – 2.2
    Once Upon a Time – 4.2
    Revenge – 3.7
    666 Park Ave. – 3.5

    I may be a little high on my predictions here (by a .1 or .2), but I think ABC is going to have a great night in Sundays. OUAT and Revenge should definitely see a few series highs there in the fall and 666 Park Ave should premiere big and should be a hit with them, it has a great recognizable cast and an intriguing plot.

    and I’m not even going to bother guessing the other nets. CBS is always a mess because of overruns, FOX as well and it’s animated comedies always are inflated due to it anyways. NBC is going to be high in the fall because of football.

    but Sundays are going to be a big TV night for me. OUAT, Revenge, 666 Park Ave, Dexter and The Walking Dead (Trying to catch up on both), and Homeland (which I’m watching and am loving!)

  • Justin121

    I really, really, really wish Revenge thrives on Sundays, starts hitting new highs, stays on for years to come, and ends on a high note.

    OUAT, RVG, 666-PA could all be big hits and make this night the look-for, must-see night, or the stale, Brothers-&-Sisters-in-its-later-seasons night.

    I wish ABC Sundays all the luck, with OUAT and RVG just sarting a new regime over Sundays.

    I also wish 666-PA to be more of a new RVG than a new Pan Am. 10 pm hits are har to find these days.

  • TomKH

    Remember when The Mentalist was beating NCIS and CSI (with Grissom)? What happened?

  • HB

    OUAT and Revenge. Cant wait!

  • Dima

    Ratings Predictions for the season:


    The Amazing Race – 2.8 (FOR THE FALL SEASON)
    The Good Wife – 1.9
    The Mentalist – 2.2


    Football – 7.5

    The Cleveland Show – 1.5
    The Simpsons – 2.7
    Bob’s Burgers – 2.2
    Family Guy – 2.9
    American Dad – 2.2


    Once Upon a Time – 3.5
    Revenge – 3.0
    666 Park Avenue – 2.5

  • Ultima

    Remember when The Mentalist was beating NCIS and CSI (with Grissom)?


    2008-09 – CSI 4.8, Mentalist 3.8, NCIS 3.6
    2009-10 – NCIS 4.1, CSI 3.4, Mentalist 3.4
    2010-11 – NCIS 4.0, CSI 3.0, Mentalist 2.9
    2011-12 – NCIS 3.8, CSI 2.7, Mentalist 2.6

  • Holly


    I may be a little high on my predictions here (by a .1 or .2),

    You are definitely high on your predictions, by about 1.0 for both OUAT and Revenge.

    OUAT never even hit a 4.2 last season (it’s high was a 4.0 for the premiere). Most of the season it was around a 3.0. I seriously doubt it will suddenly grow more than a point.

    Revenge had a high of a 3.3 (again for the premiere) and spent most of the season in the lower-to-mid 2s.

  • Holly

    2008-09 – CSI 4.8
    2009-10 – CSI 3.4

    Wow. I forgot how far it fell that year.

  • Rebecca

    I’ll try 666PA since I like Terry O’Quinn (enjoyed him in Alias reruns over the summer, too, on dvd) but otherwise I’ll stick with AFHV and OUAT. Also got into Bob’s Burgers recently so I’ll catch that on hulu later as the episodes post there.

  • omabin

    Will watch:
    Once Upon a Time, Revenge, 666 Park Avenue, The Good Wife, Dexter, Homeland, The Walking Dead

    Returning Shows Rating Directions Predictions:
    Once Upon Time: Higher than last spring, a bit lower than last fall
    Revenge: Higher (3ish ratings)
    The Good Wife: On par with last season
    The Mentalist: Lower than last season

    Renewals Predictions:
    Once Upon a Time: Renewed
    Revenge: Renewed
    666 Park Avenue: Renewed
    The Good Wife: Renewed for a final season, but will be a bubble show
    The Mentalist: Depends on the development state for CBS for the next season, but I will still say renewed

  • Jared K

    Sunday Night is the night that gives my DVR a hangover. If there’s a good Sunday Night Football game on, that always gets the live treatment. Then it’s Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, and The Walking Dead, in that order. Then, and only then, do the networks get their say.

    ABC: How Revenge will do in the DH timeslot is perhaps the most intriguing questions of the season. I think it will do well enough, though it may not approach the lofty expectations ABC has for it.

    CBS: This could very well be the end of the line for The Good Wife if it doesn’t secure a syndication deal in the next few months. Personally, I think it’s bound for a shortened final season on Fridays next year. The fate of The Mentalist is also intriguing. It’s decently rated and already in syndication, but does CBS want to keep paying Warner Brothers for solid, but not spectacular ratings when it could be cultivating one of its own properties?

    FOX: Animation Domination lives on, though I’m curious to see if The Cleveland Show and American Dad are slowly being phased out. OK, maybe curious is too strong of a word.

    NBC: Football, football, football. Life is sweet for four months at the Peacock. Then … absolutely nothing.

  • William

    busy night… revenge, dexter, mentalist, family guy, walking dead and homeland… more shows than the rest of the week combined

  • Tony JJ

    I agree with @Jared K. How Revenge will do is a BIG question. It’s gaining a good lead in with OUAT, and it has a much better slot Sundays at 9pm than it did last season Wednesdays at 10, so I see it getting higher ratings than last season just due to the fact that more people will be watching it live at 9pm rather than DVRing it at 10pm.

  • Bob Jones

    The Problem with Sundays is the sheer level of top notch shows. I will be watching NFL Sundays (NBC), The Walking Dead (AMC) at 9 PM and Homeland (SHO) at 10 PM. I usually record The Good Wife, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire and other shows but I am going to stop that practice because it is too much work.

    Last year, it was Spooks (MI-5) BBC, The Walking Dead and Homeland, but spooks ended after 10 years. I stopped watching Dexter live, and TWD trumps TGW.

  • Ames

    Revenge, The Walking Dead and The Amazing Race for me. OUAT is wickedly overrated and incredibly boring. Dexter lost it’s touch after season four I can’t believe people are still forcing themselves to watch that.

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