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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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.

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  • John_M

    now I know that doesnt count for some unknown reason but ABC isnt pulling the plug on Revenge anytime soon

    Actually the reason is very well known and repeatedly stated on this web site. Your decision to ignore the facts doesn’t make it unknown.

  • Dennis

    Good bye 666 and Terry O’Quinn :(

  • John_M

    Did FOX late games run over and push box FOX broadcasts on the east coast? (I’m in California and had an early game on FOX yesterday (sigh michael vick you suck) so don’t know if their late markets ran over)

  • tara

    @Ryan Yes i know but not on both CBS and NBC. Come on look at these hilarious 60minutes numbers!

  • Spencer

    And if Nashville does around the same as LR or 666 then it looks like all of ABC’s dramas are low/dead. And looking at the mid-season replacements…they don’t look too promising either. SO maybe abc either cans all of them or expects lower ratings..

  • meah

    The scandal/revenge fight is stupid.I watch both shows and enjoy them.in my humble opinion Scandal is a better show than revenge.scandals storyline is less predictable than revenge..plus scandal is the first drama with a black girl as a lead in over 20 years,so I support it fully.both of them would be renewed.

  • Eridapo

    @ Juptiter.

    [i]Revenge is going to increase to a 3.0 before October’s end, and by December it will have a 3.6![/i]


  • Andrea

    Bad numbers for CBS. I already got used to Good Wife possibly being into its last season as the show has been at risk since S2. So I am quite happy CBS gave it the chance to go on until now.
    Mentalist’s movie didn’t work. Its only chance now seems to be renewed one more time and go and die to Friday

  • John_M

    The scandal/revenge fight is stupid

    Most of the fights over which show is better are stupid…people have different tastes, people have different preferences, and yet people ‘fight’ about shows every day…yes it’s stupid

    It’s also stupid to be gleeful when a show you don’t watch / like gets bad ratings

  • HB

    Revenge is probably going to stay in 2.4-2.8 range all season which compared to last season is pretty good!

  • rob60990

    “Did FOX late games run over and push box FOX broadcasts on the east coast?”

    The Simpsons repeat joined in progress. The Cleveland Show started on time.

  • John_M


    Thanks for that. Didn’t notice the change in the chart after I originally looked at it. That 2.0 for a simpsons rerun seemed awfully high :)

  • Robert

    666 can still rise next week because it seem like all shows got hit last night. No panic yet if it were the only show that went down then we should panic but that was not the case.

  • Moretta

    Scandal is the poor version of Revenge. ;)

    Revenge will be around for a LONG time honey!

  • John_M

    Suggestion for a future article

    The five stages of ‘my show is not going to get cancelled’ denial

  • Eridapo

    Unless something drastic happens, Revenge will be renewed.

    Based upon results thus far for ABC (two weeks in)… MF, Greys, OUAT, and the Middle are sure bets for Renewal. For all the 10PM shows, Castle is the more likely to be renewed due to syndication and proven viewership. Everything else at that spot is either on the bubble or cancellation bear fodder. If Nashville bombs, ABC will be in serious jeopardy.

  • Mon

    Episode 2 last season final ratings with 23 minutes of football overrun:

    60 Minutes 3.5
    The Amazing Race 3.2
    The Good Wife 2.2
    CSI: Miami 2.4

    CSI: Miami must have been REALLY expensive that CBS had no choice but to cancel it.

  • Holly


    Suggestion for a future article

    The five stages of ‘my show is not going to get cancelled’ denial

    You mean like this?

  • John_M

    If Nashville bombs, ABC will be in serious jeopardy.

    What exactly is serious jeopardy?

  • John_M


    Sigh – my psychic powers only work on stuff that has already happened :)

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