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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  • Ali

    Just a quick question…wasn’t The Mentalist already renewed for a 6th season? I thought I saw that somewhere. Would CBS cancel a show they already renewed for the next season?

  • Brian

    Great numbers for OUAT and Revenge; they’ll be adjusted up :)


    @scifi yeah so less people will watch it.

  • MoHasanie


    Well, The Walking Dead didn’t have much of an effect on Desperate Housewives’ ratings last year, so I don’t see why it would have any effect on Revenge’s ratings.

  • julio

    TGW started late in Fl. 932pm instead of 9pm..

  • Bad Wolf

    The Good Wife and The Mentalist still beat the Friday shows by a comfortable margin, so I hope that if they stabilize CBS will try them on Fridays next season. Well, especially The Good Wife which still has stories to tell instead of endlessly repeating the same old, tired formula episode after episode. Sorry Mentalist !

    As for ABC, unless Revenge takes a HUGE dive later this season, I just can’t see it cancelled anytime soon. 666 Park Avenue, on the other hand, doesn’t deserve to stay longer than Pan Am did last season.
    Once Upon a Time is doing good but it won’t grow from last season, so I hope it doesn’t decline too much, but I’m pretty sure this show will at least reach season 5 with ratings like these.

  • Leondre

    I hope The Walking Dead doesn’t hurt Family Guy, American Dad
    and Revenge next week.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Revenge is BETTER show than scandal no doubt about that. BUT ABC make mistake moving revenge at 9.

    ABC will be 4 network and this year. Bad for them.

  • Tessa

    Man if ABC’s trigger happy move hurts Revenge I’d be pissed.

    Stick the show were it can do well (like at 10:00 pm) and we’ll follow it. Just don’t put it up against mammoths like Sunday Night Football and expect it to perform miracles.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @CSI Miami was so much stronger in this timeslot…

    Yes, it WAS.

  • Matt

    OUAT always gets adjusted up, at least a tenth. So I’m guessing finals will be around 3.4 and 9.9M.

    Good for Revenge though. 2.7 and 8.3M is good. Hopefully this season it can stay above a 2.3 and 7.5M. Finals for Revenge will be around 2.8 and 8.6M. If it gets adjusted up.

  • Ram510

    I didn’t think Once Upon A Time would be down so much, but still good numbers. Not many scripted shows are getting infer a 3.0. However last night was an excellent episode probably the best of the series!

    Shocked that the Fox cartoons weren’t down too much

  • Sam

    The dvr ratings for TM should be big.

  • Justin121

    Ratings are down across the borad — something many commentors fail to grasp.

  • Joseph

    Revenge premiered to a 3.3 and then fell 0.6 to a 2.7 last year- this was expected no worries for revenge

  • MJDB

    This is a bit random, but these are my bubble watch rankings that I believe.


    60 Minutes-Certain Renewal
    The Amazing Race-Certain Renewal
    The Good Wife-Likely Cancellation
    The Mentalist-Likely Cancellation
    How I Met Your Mother-Certain Renewal based on ratings, On the Bubble for contracts.
    Partners-Certain Cancellation
    2 Broke Girls-Certain Renewal
    Mike and Molly-Likely Renewal
    Hawaii Five-0-On the Bubble
    NCIS-Certain Renewal
    NCIS: Los Angeles-Certain Renewal
    Vegas-Likely Cancellation
    Criminal Minds-Certain Renewal
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation-On the Bubble
    The Big Bang Theory-Renewed
    Two and a Half Men-Certain Renewal for ratings, On the Bubble for contracts
    Person of Interest-Certain Renewal
    Elementary-Likely Renewal
    CSI: NY-On the Bubble
    Made in Jersey-Certain Cancellation
    Blue Bloods-Certain Renewal
    48 Hours Mystery-Certain Renewal


    The Voice-Renewed
    Revolution-Likely Renewal
    Go On-Likely Renewal
    The New Normal-On the Bubble
    Parenthood-On the Bubble
    Animal Practice-Certain Cancellation
    Guys With Kids-On the Bubble
    Law and Order: SVU-Likely Renewal
    Up All Night-Certain Cancellation
    Parks and Recreation-Likely Renewal
    Rock Center With Brian Williams-On the Bubble
    Grimm-Certain Renewal
    Dateline-Certain Renewal


    The Cleveland Show-Likely Renewal
    The Simpsons-Renewed
    Bob’s Burgers-Certain Renewal
    Family Guy-Renewed
    American Dad-Renewed
    Bones-Likely Renewal
    The Mob Doctor-Certain Cancellation
    Raising Hope-On the Bubble
    Ben and Kate-Likely Cancellation
    New Girl-Certain Renewal
    The Mindy Project-Likely Cancellation
    The X Factor-Likely Renewal
    Glee-Likely Renewal


    America’s Funniest Home Videos-Certain Renewal
    Once Upon a Time-Certain Renewal
    Revenge-Certain Renewal
    666 Park Avenue-Certain Cancellation
    Dancing With the Stars-Renewed
    Castle-On the Bubble
    Private Practice-Likely Cancellation
    The Middle-Certain Renewal
    The Neighbors-Certain Cancellation
    Modern Family-Certain Renewal
    Last Resort-Certain Cancellation
    Grey’s Anatomy-Certain Renewal
    Scandal-On the Bubble
    Shark Tank-Certain Renewal
    Primetime: What Would You Do?-Certain Renewal
    20/20-Certain Renewal

  • wn

    Actually Bad Wolf, last night’s episode of The Mentalist was quite different. It has undergone a shift in tone, and it seems they are going to be telling different stories this year.

  • HG

    Sadly dead. I kind of laugh at the delusional people that still think TM can survived in this slot.

    I love TM, and it pains me that people are arguing strongly about the change and the ratings. If it’s not that, is shipping.. GOD I miss TM S1 on Tuesdays.

    Butterfly Effect: I blame it on Shane Brennan and CBS wanting to reproduce and (cash on Bellisario’s success) treating NCIS like CSI… PLEASE! >.<

  • Aslie

    So glad The Mentalist is DYING!

    Rot in television hell you horrible show!!

  • Bookworm


    You are so passionate and though I clearly love Scandal more than Revenge, I don’t see either show going soon. Revenge is going to come back down to reality soon. The first episode had GREAT ratings but Revenge was not a show averaging in the 3.0’s or the higher 2.0’s. It will be going back down to the mid to lower 2.0’s like it was during most of its previous season.

    Scandal is at a standstill and that makes it one of the better rated 10pm shows for ABC right now; though not by a high number but still it’s steadier than all of them. I’m waiting for the verdict on Nashville since it has been HYPED major time. I do wonder if the people on here will go as hard on it if the numbers aren’t into the higher 2.0’s and lower 3.0’s. We get complaints about Scandals number because of Grey but Nashville will have a Modern Family lead (higher numbers than Grey) and I expect it to show. Though i won’t say if it will since Apt.23 was getting okay numbers with its Modern Family lead in, at one point.

    Anyways, Can’t wait to the next episode but sad it will be two more weeks. I worry for Last Resort since it will lack the Grey show behind it.

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