TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Revenge' & '666 Park Avenue' Down; 'The Mentalist' & 'The Good Wife' Hit Lows + 'Cleveland Show' Premieres Up

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October 8th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.3/13 3.2/8 2.6/7 2.3/6 1.0/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.6/14 2.4/7 3.0/9 1.9/6 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.685 12.682 5.390 7.362 2.728


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), & CBS/FOX (NFL Overrun) 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 (Chargers/Saints)  from 8:30-11:00PM earned a 6.2 adults 18-49  rating, down from last week's 9.0 18-49 rating

On FOX,The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror special earned a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, down last week's 3.8 premiere rating. The premiere of The Cleveland Show earned a 2.2, up from last year's premiere, which earned a 1.8 rating. Bob's Burgers scored a 2.3 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 2.6. Family Guy earned a 3.4, up from last week's 3.3 rating. American Dad garnered a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, also up from last week's 2.5 rating.

On ABC, the season premiere of America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.5 adults 18-49, flat with last season's premiere. Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, down six tenths from last week's 3.9 premiere rating. Most of your predictions were too optimistic.  Revenge earned a 2.6, also down six tenths from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.7, down half a ratings point from last week's 2.2 rating

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 1.7 rating, but likely inflated due to the preceding overrun. The Amazing Race was even with last week's 2.5 rating. The Good Wife garnered a 1.7, down a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and the lowest fall telecast rating ever for the series. The Mentalist earned a series low 1.6 after last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 7, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun 7.8 22 23.18
NBC Football night in America 2.1 6 6.47
FOX NFL Overrun/The Simpsons -R 2.0 6 4.64
ABC America's Funniest home Videos 1.5 4 6.48
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 4.0 11 10.26
FOX The Cleveland Show (Premiere) 2.2 6 4.43
CBS 60 Minutes (7:30-8:30) 3.8 11 16.07
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 5.4 14 13.82
ABC Once Upon a Time 3.3 8 9.62
FOX The Simpsons 3.1 8 6.52
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11) 6.2 15 15.79
CBS Amazing Race (8:30-9:30) 2.5 6 9.77
FOX Bob's Burgers 2.3 6 4.84
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 3.4 8 6.74
ABC Revenge 2.6 6 8.27
9:30 PM FOX American Dad 2.6 6 5.18
CBS The Good Wife (9:30-10:30) 1.7 4 8.95
10:00PM ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.7 4 5.08
10:30PM CBS The Mentalist (10:30-11p) 1.6 4 8.70

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



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  • Nick

    Oops, seven!

  • Nick

    Why no link when I wrote Fan Excuse Bingo ? Was it the exclamation mark?

  • Ultima

    be interesting to see the 1/4 hour break-downs for the CBS shows, to see how/if starting on the half hour hurt them

    Hurt them compared to what? This is the same way CBS has been scheduling Sunday nights for years.

  • Precious

    YAY!! The Cleveland Show manages to pull a much higher rating in that timeslot even though it’s out of primetime!

    It was the only animated show not to get picked up for another production cycle, I’m hoping FOX will reconsider in light of its current performance.

    I still think that it should swap timeslots with Bob’s Burgers, however. That show sucks!

  • bongstradamus

    666 is TERRIBLE. Its so bad its not even good in a campy way. I’d much rather be watching Terra Nova.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Precious, primetime begins an hour earlier on Sunday.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Why no link when I wrote Fan Excuse Bingo ? Was it the exclamation mark?”

    @Nick, not sure. I will check.

  • Scarps

    I think if criminal minds was behind the mentalist, it could do good. Minds has been in the Wed time slot for long. It’s got to move eventually. Maybe next season cancel TGW and put Minds on Sun to help TM.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    CBS moving The Mentalist from Thursdays was a dumb move. Last year TM retained almost 100% of POI’s audience. Now POI is doing better than ever but they have a show (Elementary) that doesn’t retain those viewers. Put TM back on Thursday and put Elementary after TAR and before TGW.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    60 Minutes not started at 7:30 because the game finished around 7:40pm.These overruns are crashing TGW and TM shows should be return to its old timeslots.

  • Ultima

    Last year TM retained almost 100% of POI’s audience. Now POI is doing better than ever but they have a show (Elementary) that doesn’t retain those viewers.

    Nothing about that statement is true. The Mentalist did not retain Person of Interest’s lead-in, PoI is not doing better than ever, and Elementary has roughly the same retention as The Mentalist did.

    Ratings from last season when Person of Interest was doing well (January – April)

    PI – 3.2, 3.2, 3.3, 3.3, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.3, 3.0 (avg 3.2)
    TM – 2.7, 3.0, 2.9, 3.0, 2.7, 2.6, 2.8, 2.7, 2.4 (avg 2.8)

  • Ultima

    60 Minutes not started at 7:30 because the game finished around 7:40pm.These overruns are crashing TGW and TM shows should be return to its old timeslots.

    Are you seriously suggesting that CBS should have put two new dramas on Sunday night?

  • Mark

    Revenge and Once Upon A Time both dropped 7 tenths. ABC couldn’t of expected Revenge to hold if OUAT didn’t. Ya’ll are crazy

  • sam

    cbs needs to change their sunday night lineup. I don’t know why they thought putting TM at 10pm would work.

  • American

    Good for OUAT, glad because I actually wait all week for this.

  • Tom

    @ Nick Re: “Wow, six boxes in Fan Excuse Bingo! Well played.”

    Well, there’s a surprise! Who knew you could count to six?

  • Phill

    @Sam, because Mentalist was supposed to be a hit show. But its audience has not followed it after two moves away from its protected post-NCIS slot.

  • Phill

    666 is garbage.

  • Phill

    It has been 4 hours a week many times. ABC has fallen back on the Tue 8pm encore/reprise constantly. (Not to mention Sat encores in the spring.)

  • Robert Buckley

    Give 666 a chance. It gets better. Ratings are only down because of Sunday Night Football. 666

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