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.



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  • Pamela

    I doubt ABC will cancel all its newer show so they’ll choose at least one or two to keep so between The Last Resort and 666 which one has the greater chance for ABC to at least keep on awhile before cancellation ?

  • Luke

    OUAT is incredible… Revenge with a 3.2 is fantastic. ABC has no reason not to be happy with that. 666, well… it’ll be at 1.5 in a matter of (2?) weeks. Though I still wish Nashville was the anchor on Sundays and Revenge stayed on Wednesdays.

    I think it’s a matter of time before TGW and TM swap slots. I love TGW, but it just got it’s ass kicked by Revenge, and CBS isn’ t going to let that happen for too long, especially with the damn NFL overruns for the next 3 months.


    Great for OUAT–good ep last night, Revenge impressive but will it hold?

    666 was not scary & borderline boring–don’t see this one lasting

    Impressed w/ the Simpsons (3.7!) & Family Guy, animation dominant if numbers hold

    Expected CBS to not do well, but these numbers are actually scary


    The headline is very deceiving. Revenge is up from it season finale last fall in its new timeslot. Once Upon a Time and Revenge IMO are great companions IMO. Let this duo grow together. ABC made the right move moving Revenge to 9pm on Sunday’s. Its a very good move. 666 really was kind of left out of the starting gate. Hopefully it goes up and people tune into it.

    CBS IMO damn they are having their worst fall in years. They have tons of aging shows in there 8th to 13th years. Some of these shows need series finale and wrap it up. The Good Wife would be a great Friday move at 9pm. Cancel Made In Jersey and put the Good Wife on Friday. What a dissapoining fall for CBS. They must be really upset, they usually rule.

  • The Old Woman

    Wow, a lot of people watch TV on Sunday! Those are some nice ratings compared to the rest of the week. Good Wife is the only show that did poorly and CBS must be bummed about it’s ratings but the rest did wonderfully.

  • hammard

    666 park avenue premiered with the same rating (and a lower overall figure) as GCB in March. It’s gonna go Bye-Bye!

  • John_M

    The “666? in the title has such a negative vibe in it.

    Laugh of the day – thanks

  • ht

    The Good Wife is still on the air because it’s a moneymaker for CBS internationally. International markets have become more select with most US exports ending up as late night/early morning filler and cable fodder – not so for this show. It gets great reviews and is a stellar show. Yes, it skews old, but so what, CBS cut it a break. One day we’re all going to be older than 30 hopefully.

  • Mrs. Angela Lansbury


    I believe the consensus on TGW is that, while “positive critics buzz” certainly does not equal advertising dollars, for a bubble show like TGW it might make that infinitesimal difference between cancellation and renewal.

  • ddddddddd

    Whoa. The Simpsons did AWESOME! Better than Family Guy too! Still need to watch OUAT and Family Guy on my DVR later tonight.

    I also just realized The LA Complex isn’t on anymore…. :( Hope it comes back for a third season. Here’s the final scene of season 2 if anyone’s interested…

  • Pamela

    The Mentalist should never have been moved to Sunday night .. Why CBS did this is still a mystery!

  • Jared

    Considering how much promotion ABC gave 666..I would say those ratings are pretty bad. After watching the premiere I can honestly say it didn’t leave me wanting more. I guess I’ll just have to wait until AHS: ASYLUM to truely get my horror fix.

  • John_M

    One day we’re all going to be older than 30 hopefully.

    Well, I’m 40, and find the few moments of the good wife i’ve tried to watch over wrought and day time soap opera cringeworthy. Maybe it’s because the ‘talent’ on the show is concentrated with charles and baranski.

    I like people complaining about the headline title – that’s funny – you’re going to read it whatever it says – just like you’re going to ignore comments bout over runs, focus purely on the numbers and get excited when artificially inflated (by TNF) numbers excite you

  • Ram510

    Wow when was the last time Simpsons premiered higher than Family Guy? The fact that Simpsons beat Family Guy by 4 the tenths of a point just shows that Famiy Guy is slowly dying, it’s just not good anymore

  • Holly


    ABC, on the other hand, has a huge 10pm problem on their hands. Out of the four dramas that aired there this week, Castle is the only one that I see still being on the air in January.

    Not disagreeing that the 10pm hour is problematic, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Scandal is still airing in January. Not because it is doing well, of course, but I’m not sure they have enough back-up to make a clean sweep of the hour and given their options I think they’ll shy away from canceling both Shonda shows at the same time.

  • Dinaminjo

    CBS can’t do much about Sunday.. Guys are watching sports and girls are watching “soaps”..

  • John_M

    Quick – we need an article about the niselsen ‘video views’ press announcement

  • Samunto

    666 will bite the dust not unless it maintains those numbers which it probably won’t.

    Just what I expected of The Good Wife & The Mentalist – these two will averaging around 1.3 in the spring! The question is whether CBS will keep critical darling TGW on air with such low ratings.

    Good for Revenge.

  • John_M

    CBS can’t do much about Sunday.. Guys are watching sports and girls are watching “soaps”..

    Awfully sexist of you there.

    Plus – TGW is a soap

  • Mark Wilkins

    Good for OUAT and Revenge, bad for TGW. I can’t wait to see the numbers for Dexter or Homeland. And great numbers for Football as usual

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