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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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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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  • Jen

    Oh sorry I looked at the OUAT’s clip show

  • joel

    I’m surprised Revenge doesn’t get better ratings than OUAT, but I suppose football has something to do with that.

  • Christina

    That great for Bob’s burgers :DDD…. 2.5 compare to 1.9…. now that amazing… and to top it off it did better than American Dad!!! Good job Bob’s

  • Nadine

    I am always puzzled by the lack of logic in claiming that the Mentalist was “damaged” by TGW’s ratings. The Mentalist has been on for three or four seasons now, and the idea that it could suffer from a weak lead-in is truly lame, and smacks of wishful thinking from people with a bias towards the Mentalist. As I’m afraid I’ve said before, the Mentalist has really disintegrated in quality since its first year and the dripping fans testify to that. It doesn’t do to look for CIA agents under the bed on that one.

  • Nadine

    I saw someone else mention the Red John angle growing very tiresome. I thought it was over a season ago but sure enough they found a way to drag it on all of last season, and now they are picking right back up where they left off. Season long story arcs are good for these procedurals, two seasons is stretching it, and five is kind of ridiculous. NCIS writers have mastered the art of working in arcs of varying length to make the show interesting, and those arcs never seem to get old as they usually end timely.
    Couldn’t agree more! (But then I think it was me who said Red John tiresome originally.) I will point out that the classic show The Fugitive managed to stretch the “one-armed man” for 4 seasons (just looked it up — seems like more, but 4 was a lot back then) but by then most people were really fed up.

  • Dean-W

    The Good Wife was so good on Tuesday at 10/9c !

  • SharonP

    Glad to see Revenge did well. Now I hope that it runs with some consistancy this year and maybe people (incl. me) will stick with it through the whole season. ABC’s habit of big gaps during the year does not help its shows. A lot of people thought Revenge ended in February last year, then it came back for some more episodes. Having to run several recap episodes in one season is bogus.

  • Doug

    @ Sharon – There’s really no choice in having those “gaps.” Series have always had gaps, but with the advent of the 13-episode cable season, we’re no longer used to them. Networks don’t seem ready to fully take the plunge into straight-run seasons, although they’ve tried it on a limited basis.

    @Ultima – you’re extremely tiresome. I’ve been following this stuff for 20 years, so don’t be so condescending. ABC’s mid-season cupboard is very, very full. They picked up tonnes of stuff, so if (and when) DWTS falls into the 1s, they will pull the trigger on it and retool for next season.

  • Josh

    Aw i love the Good Wife :(

    Hopefully the ratings pick up as it is an amazing show. So much on a Sunday night, plus i don’t know why they Put it against Revenge etc.

  • Donna

    I’m 55 and I like 666

  • Jaxon

    Can anyone help me explain why the Viewers number does not correlate with the Demo Rating/Share?

  • Holly


    Can anyone help me explain why the Viewers number does not correlate with the Demo Rating/Share?

    The viewer numbers shown are for total viewers while the rating/share shown are only for the 18-49 demographic. If a show has a lot of viewers over 49, the viewer numbers will seem disproportionately large and vice versa. The 18-49 rating is reported because advertising prices for primetime broadcast TV are set primarily based on that age group.

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