TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time', 'Revenge', '666 Park Avenue' & 'The Good Wife' Up; 'The Amazing Race' Hits Low

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October 22nd, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.8/12 3.8/10 2.3/6 1.6/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.2/12 2.7/8 1.8/5 x 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.776 14.485 7.303 5.560 2.803


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (Football Overrun) & FOX (MLB Baseball) 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, but CBS won with total viewers.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Bengals)  from 8:30-11:00PM earned a 6.0 adults 18-49

On ABC,  America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.3, down from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 3.0. Most of your predictions were too pessimistic! Revenge scored 2.8, up  from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.8, up from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the start of all primetime shows were delayed approximately 57 minutes due to Football overtime, increasing the likelihood that the ratings will be adjusted in the finals. From 7-8PM,  NFL Football earned a 7.6 adults 18-49 rating. 60 Minutes earned a 3.5 adults 18-49 raitng The Amazing Race earned a 2.3, down three tenths from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and a new low for a fall original. The Good Wife scored a  1.9, up two tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun 7.6 22 23.77
NBC Football Night in America 1.5 4 5.09
ABC America's Funniest home Videos 1.3 4 5.93
FOX MLB Pregame Show 1.3 4 4.65
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 2.4 6 6.79
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 4.6 12 12.44
CBS 60 Minutes 3.5 9 14.82
ABC Once Upon a Time 3.3 8 9.71
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football(8:30-11)                     6.0 15  15.579
9:00PM ABC Revenge 2.8 6 8.65
CBS The Amazing Race 2.3 5 9.39
10:00PM CBS The Good Wife 1.9 5 9.97
ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.8 4 4.93

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



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  • zapbob


  • HB

    Yay…. 0.3 UP FOR OUAT!

  • Max

    …and the woes of REVENGE continue.

    Well, at least ABC can be content with OUAT, which is having a fantastic season when it comes to the ratings.

    666 we all know is just dead and waiting for the axe to fall (and the bear to consume).

    But REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE. “Television’s most guilty pleasure hit show” you are SO NOT. LMAO.

  • Michael

    Yes, 666 Park Avenue UP! Last night’s episode was awesome.

  • rob60990

    Just what I predicted for Once Upon a Time. Glad Revenge went up, fantastic episode!

  • Eugenius

    holllyyy crap, entire ABC lineup rose incredibly. yaaaaaay, first good sunday of the season :)

  • marcos

    happy for ABC headline. now it looks really bad for Scandal comparing to 666 lol

  • HB

    OMG forgot about Revenge…2.8 is AMAZING!…
    hopefully OUAT gets adjusted up in finals :D

  • Tom

    kind of hard to gauge the ratings with adjustments likely for 3 of the networks.

    But… yay for ABC.

  • Bee

    YAY ONCE AND REVENGE! very good stuff. and great episodes from both last night.

    and what do ya know! 666 is making a case to air all its episodes at least.

    and hooray for the good wife as well.

  • Nope

    best sunday night shows: Once Upon a Time/The Good Wife/The Mentalist

  • guss

    It wasn’t the best episode, but so happy for OUAT

  • Tvfanatic


  • Clarke

    SO HAPPY for OUAT. Love the show more and more each new episode. OUAT is proof that a high-concept, serialized show can still survive on network TV :) .

  • Sarah

    Yay Once! :)

  • CrimTV

    Really glad ABC’s lineup is up, love OUAT and Revenge! It’s a shame to see 666 so low after all of it’s hype but at least it’s up and will hopefully still air it’s remaining episodes.

  • danny94

    Great for Revenge!!! Nice little jump for 666 aswell.

  • Joseph

    Well done revenge! Keeping steady

  • J.G.

    Overrun to 10pm seems to have helped RGW slightly. CBS hasn’t realized that it’s not a 9pm show yet, though I wonder if they will now.

  • Eugenius

    good wife almost got kicked in the nuts by 666 park avenue, i sooo was not expectign something like this, hope it keeps growing :)

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