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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  • Holly

    I really don’t understand people’s obsession with Max. Yeah, he has ridiculous posts, but a single post from him generates at least a dozen responses. Rather than letting a couple of silly posts control the discussion, why not just ignore him?

  • Ally

    Along with Arrow getting a full season pickup Emily Owens and BATB received additional script orders for 3 more.

  • joanna

    I am really enjoying once immensely more than last season. I’m not a fan of Emma though.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Dan, as noted in last weeks ABC R/C post, 13 eps plus or minus a few wouldn’t surprise me for either show.

  • The End


    I guess its the same in the way whenever Mikey aka Bondoel spoke he generated a dozen or more responses with his Nikita fanboyness.

  • KJ Styles

    I nailed it right on the head. 3.3 for OUAT. I could see an up adjustment though.

  • Danie

    If 1.5 was really the demo for The Mentalist, that’s a new series low. What a shame! Really, why CBS doesn’t cancel Vegas and move The Mentalist to Tuesdays (day the show originally aired). I mean, at 10pm the show scores a 2.1 demo (which is close to what Vegas is scoring), but at 10:30, 11pm, it’s just impossible to be stable. I just don’t understand why CBS is wasting time with a show that’s probably gonna get cancelled and in the process is killing a solid show.

  • Spencer

    YAY for 666! I hope it keeps this up and airs all it’s episodes for a great one season. Not sure if it would be picked up for a second season but hopefully at least it will finish out the story and leave no cliffhangers.!

  • Philip

    @Danie: Last night’s TM rating doesn’t matter in the big picture. If the show did indeed score a 1.5 at 11pm, that would actually be pretty decent. TGW has been drawing 1.7’s at 9pm…

  • Phill

    woooo once and revenge! amazing episodes for both series!!

  • dawa

    i love park ave 666 i think its one of the better show ,dont know why such
    negative reviews

  • Pat

    I’m predicting Amazing Race will be adjusted up 0.3 in the finals. Current ratings reflect the West coast airing of Good Wife, so Good Wife most likely will be adjusted down.

  • USAmerica1st

    The Amazing Race keeps losing some of the group’s most interesting couples to poor finishes.

  • Dean-W

    According to a French ratings website The Mentalist earned a 1.5 and approx 8 million viewers.

  • JohnnyRico

    Amazing Race season is really awful both the challenges and cast I defo dropping the season after tonight. If it stays this bad its gonna start going to below 2.0.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Nice for Revenge. The episode was pretty good. The new hot girlfriend of Nolan is great – now we’re waiting for the “bi-sexual triangle” aspect of that relationship to show up.

    OUAT was pretty good – as is usually the case when Robert Carlyle is the main focus.

    The Walking Dead appears to have gone from season two’s sluggish “talk show” mode to a “split as many skulls as possible” mode. Two episodes of nothing but split skulls… I wonder if the writers actually have a plot for this show at some point or if they really intend it to be nothing but either a talk fest or a gore fest. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take the latter over the former. But a plot would be nice…

  • Justin121


    GOOD WIFE are both up!

    So is Once!

    And even 666 Park Avenue!!

    Great night all around.

    WOW @ REVENGE events!

    Good Wife is top notch.

  • Nadine

    TGW is about a woman who stays with her cheating husband, right?
    LOL. Clearly you’ve never tuned in. :-)
    But keep on postin’ … boo-boos keep me awake.

  • omabin

    So happy about the ratings today. All my four shows going up, the ABC sunday lineup and The Good Wife! Revenge did exceptionally well i thought. I think the good wife and revenge should not air opposite to each other.

  • jesse

    Seems kind of low for football especially with the Steelers.

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