TV Ratings Sunday:'Once Upon A Time' Top Scripted Show, 'Revenge' Strong in New Time Period, 'The Good Wife', 'Family Guy' & 'The Mentalist' Down, '666 Park' Debuts Low

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October 1st, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.4/16 4.6/12 2.7/7 2.1/5 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.7/16 4.6/13 2.4/7 1.2/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million)  16.640 10.960 8.368 10.468 2.837



Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), & FOX/CBS (NFL Overruns) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Giants/Eagles)  from 8:30-11:00PM earned a 8.1 adults 18-49  rating, matching last week's 8.1 18-49 fast national rating.

On FOX, the season premiere of The Simpsons earned a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from a 3.9 for last season's premiere on September 25, 2011. Bob's Burgers scored a 2.5 among adults 18-49, up 32% from a 1.9 for last season's premiere on March 11, 2012. Family Guy premiered to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from a 4.1 for last season's premiere on September 25, 2011. The premiere of American Dad garnered a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from a 3.0 for last season's premiere on September 25, 2011.

On ABC, the season premiere of Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating  for its series premiere on October 23, 2011.Most of your predictions were right.  Revenge premiered to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 3% from a 3.3 for its series premiere on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 and matching the performance of last season's Desperate Housewives premiere in the time period on September 25, 2011. It ranked as the show's second highest rated episode ever among adults 18-49. The series premiere of 666 Park Avenue scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 29% from a 3.1 for Pan Am's series premiere on September 25, 2011.

On CBS, the season premiere of 60 Minutes earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 22% from a 2.3 for the previous season premiere on September 25, 2011. The Amazing Race season premiere scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 17% from a 3.0 for last fall's season premiere on September 25, 201 and tying its lowest rated premiere ever1. The season premiere of The Good Wife garnered a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 18% from a 2.2 for last season's premiere on September 25, 2011 and ranking as its lowest rated premiere ever. The Mentalist premiered to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 25% from a 2.8 for last season's premiere on Thursday, September 22, 2011 and down 9%  from CSI Miami's 2.3 in the timer period for its season premiere on September 25, 2011.



Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 30, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football Overrrun - Live 7.8/22 20.31
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 1.9/6 5.78
CBS 60 Minutes (Season Premiere) 1.8/5 11.53
ABC Once Upon A Time (Clip Show) 1.8/5 6.00
7:30 NBC Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 2.8/8 7.80
8:00 NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 6.2/16 16.75
ABC Once Upon A Time (Season Premiere) 3.8/10 11.01
FOX The Simpsons (Season Premiere) 3.7/10 7.97
CBS The Amazing Race (Season Premiere) 2.5/6 9.70
8:30 NBC NFL Football Live (8:30-11PM) 8.1/19 20.56
FOX Bob's Burgers (Season Premiere) 2.5/6 5.40
9:00 FOX Family Guy (Season Premiere) 3.3/8 6.53
ABC Revenge (Season Premiere) 3.2/7 9.50
CBS The Good Wife (Season Premiere) 1.8/4 9.81
9:30 FOX American Dad (Season Premiere) 2.5/6 5.23
10:00 ABC 666 Park Avenue (Series Premiere) 2.2/5 6.97
CBS The Mentalist (Season Premiere) 2.1/5 10.83

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Remote Patrolled

    That’s a good result for Revenge – why the headline?

  • John_M

    I read EW


  • Pamela

    Yikes moving The Mentalist to Sunday night has really done tremendous damage to its demos .. Viewership is decent enough but YIKES a 2.1 has to be a series low ever for this show :(!!
    666 Park Avenue was okay but I cannot believe it beat out The Mentalist..

  • guss

    What kind of titular is this?


  • Holly

    ABC should be happy this morning. 666 will die quickly, but Once and Revenge got great numbers.

    CBS always knew their Sundays would struggle, but this is still bad. Perhaps they should consider trading Good Wife and the Mentalist.

  • ingmarhappy

    Happy for Revenge but I wish TGW would have done better, the episode was amazing. I guess this will be the final season. I hope they wrap everything up properly.

  • S

    Revenge is UP from the Season 1 FINALE!

    Season 1 Finale: 2.4 7.850
    Season 2 Premiere: 3.2 9.50!

  • John_M

    That’s a good result for Revenge – why the headline?

    Cause it’s down from last year?

  • Just

    What do you mean with “Revenge did meh”?

    It’s FAR better than 2.4 from it’s season finale

    suck it haters

  • adanskii

    666 was awful. Way too slow.

  • Brian J


    It’s a good show, for one thing, and it’s a prestige show as well. It’s pretty much the only non-cable drama that has a chance of making an impact at the Emmys, or at least that was the case last year.

    The problem is that it was moved to anchor Sunday night last year but never succeeded in doing so, for a few reasons. CBS probably shouldn’t have moved it off of Tuesdays, or it it did, should have moved it to Thursdays at 10:00.

  • Eridapo

    Amazing Race 10.29 2.7/ 9.11 2.4
    The Good Wife 9.77 1.9 / 9.84 1.8
    The Mentalist 11.13 2.2 / 10.53 2.0

    OUAT 11.01 3.8/ 11.01 3.8
    Revenge 9.98 3.3/ 9.01 3.0
    666 Park Avenue 7.47 2.3 / 6.46 2.0

    That is a loyal audience for OUAT… Steady as a rock at the half. I had it at 3.2, but 3.8 is very impressive. Revenge lost 5/10 and 8/10 overall from lead-in. Given the promotion, ABC must be somewhat happy. I don’t see Revenge’s ratings holding up in the coming weeks. Park Avenue, The Mentalist, and TGW lots of eyaballs except they were not in the right demo.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    -OUAT and Revenge are the clear winners on Sundays now.
    -666 will be gone by December (either finished all the episodes ABC is going to air, or will be pulled by ABC).
    -Fox animated shows were down slightly (Simpsons gets its usual football-boost).
    -Amazing Race is CBS’s best show on Sundays.

  • Matt

    Nevermind… I just searched the site and found your articles from a couple of days ago. I apologize!

  • John_M

    suck it haters


  • erwan from france

    Wouah , it’s amazing of seing that even after 24 years , The Simpsons still got a 3.7 ! ( I know, thank football )

  • xcx

    Looks like the Revenge move paid off with its second highest-rated episode. I doubt any of the new shows would’ve done as well in that slot (or returning, sans Grey’s, but obviously moving that wasn’t an option)

  • fringewillget5seasons

    TGW is so pathetic. Dragged Mentalist down.

    ABC’s are down but respectable sans 666.

  • John A

    Revenge did ok. Dropped alot from its lead in. Good wife did awful.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Not good for 666. Wow, good performance by the SIMPSONS after all these many years.

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