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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  • JR

    OUAT may be adjusted up in the finals, and that’s still a fine showing.

    Glad I decided not to invest in 666 Park, as it may not be around all that much longer.

  • HB

    Both OUAT and Revenge dropped 0.6.
    Both of them will be fine this season.
    Revenge WILL get renewed no matter what anyone says!


    ABC down considerably this week, OUAT surprised me, Revenge did not & will be headed further south, 666 may be able to hold, as CBS fares even worse

    CBS numbers will more than likely be adjusted down even further (ONO)

    Simpsons & Family Guy still both over 3.0, as FG highest rated show not FB

  • rob60990

    After hysterically laughing at the idiot saying Revenge is getting cancelled while Scandal gets renewed…

    I think like ABC with Pan Am, ABC is stuck with 666 Park Avenue until February. There’s no use of replacing it when big football games start in January plus awards shows. I’m guessing Red Widow takes over the week after The Oscars.

    Damn did CBS kill The Mentalist.

  • iMember

    I hope Revenge adjusts up since it went 1 minute over time. But next week I hope both Revenge and Once climb back UP. They were great last night!

    @Max You’re delusional. Sorry, buddy.

  • Eridapo

    My prediction for Revenge was a week off. I had it around a 2.5-2.6 once it made the move to Sunday.

    Without OUAT, Revenge is no better than the rest of ABC shows at 10PM

  • alexis

    @SJ, no. Even Scandal is cancelled, its fans won’t be gone for good. They will whine about how stupid ABC is for axing their show like forever.

  • Trekker26

    Too bad about 666. I enjoyed last night’s episode. It’s been a average, somewhat entertaining show so far. But if/when it gets canned, i won’t lose any sleep over it.

  • Bookworm

    I was not expecting this one.

    666 Park Slope is basically dead. It is going to go the same route as Pan AM and Last Resort seems to be on the same track. I can understand Last Resort since it is in the death slot but 666 Park Slope is in such a great line up with OUAT and Revenge, you would think it would be able to maintain the mid to lower 2.0’s. That will definitely help its renewal chances.

    Revenge is a great show and I’m sad to see it dip so much.I was expecting the 2.8 or something. Elementary had this same kind of drop and I’m worried it will continue to due so. I think Revenge will be averaging in the lower 2.0’s before it is all done with. I hope next episode it will be able to keep its 2.6 rating or maybe even a 2.5 but if it drops to anything lower, like a 2.3, then I sense trouble. ABC puts a lot of money into this show and its hype.

    But OUAT!! What the hell happen there? I was definitely expecting it to be ABC’s bread and butter (one of three, including Grey and MF) but this was a disappointment for me. I think it can stay here but if it starts hitting those 2.0’s, I don’t know what will happen. I’m sure it cost ABC some money with the customers and set design and the promotion for this show has been crazy good but it needs to stay in those 3.0’s. At this level, a 2.0 is not really okay. Grey saw a dip also but we can put our money on it that it will stay within a similar range.

  • iggy

    Family Guy earned a something, compared with last week’s 3.3 rating. American Dad garnered a something adults 18-49 rating,…

    They sure did.

  • danny94

    People stop replying to Max your just giving him what he wants Attention!

  • chrisss

    You Revenge fans are really easily wound up aren’t you…

  • sebacon

    CSI Miami was so much stronger in this timeslot…to cancel this show was a very bad decision CBS

  • ingmarhappy

    Sad that TGW is performing so bad! The show is so well written and everything…can’t figure out why it does so bad rating-wise. I think this will be the final season. Which I would be OK with – as long as the writers are given the chance to wrap up properly.

    Revenge and OUAT will prolly stabilise. Revenge will go between a 2.4 and a 2.8 for the rest of the season while OUAT will go between 3.0 and 3.6 the rest of the reason.

  • Samunto

    I do not honestly see how CBS will justify bringing back TGW or The Mentalist next season. Those are some incredibly low ratings. Meaning the 2 shows will be barely registering a 1.1 in the spring. Basically none of the moves CBS did are paying off!
    Sharp drop for Revenge.

  • s0303

    the good wife is my favorite show…always fantastic…too bad more people don’t watch :(

    i don’t see once upon a time falling below a 3…which is a very good rating for any show…revenge is fine at 2.6


    danny94 is right!

  • scifi

    Syfy should pick up 666.

  • John_M

    Syfy should pick up 666.

    Why? They have a full slate, the show doesn’t seem to fit their programming show direction and they couldn’t even afford to pay the cast.

  • Jay

    The season premiere of Revenge was pretty average – not surprised about the ratings drop…

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