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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

 

Scoreboard NBC FOX ABC CBS UNI
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

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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

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

 

Definitions:

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.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • badman

    @ Max

    what do you mean by revenge did meh???

    how is 3.2 meh???

  • lando

    ONCE UPON A TIME ROCKSSSSSS!

  • Lee

    Very happy with the numbers for OUAT and Revenge. Solid for both. Read the headline and expected a disaster.

  • KarenM

    That’s low for TAR!

  • Grey

    Totally forgot about “666.” I wanted to at least check out the first few minutes. Oh well, looks some others forgot about it too.

  • John_M

    The Simpsons still got a 3.7 ! ( I know, thank football )

    Did the Packers game really run over that much?

  • adanskii

    Revolution #1 new drama still.

  • Andrea

    Good night for ABC! CBS…Meh.

  • mantua

    WOW, Revenge and OUAT barely down from last year’s premieres and WAY up from their finales. Great job ! I expected more from 666 Park Avenue and too bad for The Good Wife, now I only hope that even though they’ll have enough episodes for syndication at the end of this season, CBS will give it a 10-episode final season, just to provide a fitting ending (and the 100-episode-landmark) to a great show.

  • Pamela

    What were the rating for The Last Resort compared to 666 Park Avenue ? If ABC had to choose one to keep and one to drop who would get the reprieve ?

  • ingmarhappy

    I agree with Holly. Mentalist and Good Wife should be traded. A lot of people I know watch Revenge and Good Wife…and choose Revenge to watch, even tho they love TGW aswell. They share the same audience..Revenge and Mentalist don’t I’d assume

  • KarenM

    CBS shows are skewing even older than last year!

  • Blake

    REVENGE did better than it’s last season’s average and better than the finale. In fact it was the 2nd highest rated episode of the series (since the pilot). So it did very well.

  • George

    @John_M: The Good Wife no doubt indexes very well with high income viewers, and has been an Emmy nominations magnet (even if it didn’t do well with wins this year). Also, it had more viewers than Revenge (though little more than 1/2 of that show’s 18-49 demo). But I think this is a terrible time slot.

  • max

    So tired of this red john non-sense that’s been dragged on year after year on mentalist.

  • RyanCanada

    Revene preformed better then it did on wednesdays, wasnt revenge averaging a 2.5 demo and like 7 million viewers?

  • Tommy M.

    ABC should be happy with OUAT and Revenge. 666 is off to a rocky start and doesn’t have much room for the post premiere decline that most new shows go through.

  • John_M


    What were the rating for The Last Resort compared to 666 Park Avenue ? If ABC had to choose one to keep and one to drop who would get the reprieve ?

    What makes one think it would be an either or proposition if both stink in the numbers?’


    I agree with Holly. Mentalist and Good Wife should be traded. A lot of people I know watch Revenge and Good Wife…and choose Revenge to watch

    How many of those people have nielsen boxes?

  • Dude

    How in the hell did the Mentalist do so poorly. Mentalist fans, START WATCHING IT!!

  • Alan

    Great for Revenge! I thought it would be higher, but it was PRETTY HIGH if you compare it to May’s ratings.

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