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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  • Alan

    Go Revenge! Last night’s episode was so amazing. It deserves it.

  • Just My Opinion

    666 was awesome last night, I wish more people would watch the show!

  • marcos

    max is joss’s biggest fan’s twin? lol

  • Paulo PT

    How late started CBS lineup? where is The Mentalist?

  • eridapo

    OUAT 3.1 9.51/ 3.4 9.91
    Revenge 2.8 8.84/ 2.8 8.45
    666 Park 1.9 5.15/ 1.6 4.71

    TAR 2.4/9.47 2.2 9.30
    TGW 1.9 10.04/ 1.9 9.90

  • Arrow

    Good job Once, and even better for Revenge! :D

    I’ll continue watching 666 if ABC orders more episodes.

  • Dean-W

    Why there is no The Mentalist ?

  • Joseph

    Revenge audience actually stayed steady throughput episode! First time this season!!!

  • shania

    Love The Good Wife so much!

  • Fred

    OUAT was fantastic last night. Very pleased to see more viewers wanted to watch it live. THis show is like a mini movie every week!

    Even a bit of positve news for 666 is good for me. I enjoy 666 very much. Much improved since the pilot.

  • Simon

    Great ratings for Once Upon a Time! Looks like the ratings have stabilized, which is good news. Carlyle was fantastic, as usual!

  • rob60990

    The Mentalist did not start until 10:56.

  • Bill

    Wow, if OUAT is adjusted up to a 3.4, it will tie Grey’s Anatomy for the week’s top drama.

  • Yam

    What happened to the Mentalist ?

  • SJ

    Wow! Nice rebound for all ABC shows. Once Upon a Time was fantastic last night, I’m so glad it finally rose. About to watch Revenge, I hear it was a really good one last night. I’m so glad that both of these shows are thriving.

    Note to CBS: The Good Wife works a lot better if it’s on at 10pm. I hope they switch it and The Mentalist after football is over. Speaking of The Mentalist, did it even air or did CBS just call it quits at 10:57pm?

  • ingmarhappy

    This proves that Revenge and TGW both do better when they don’t have to compete against eachother. They share the same audience. LOVED both series last night! And glad for OUAT ( I don’t watch it, since I’m still in S1 ).

  • HB

    Last night both Revenge and OUAT episodes were amazing! So happy the ratings went up!

  • amms

    way to go revenge, OUT and 666…. im satisfied

  • MattD

    Everything on CBS aired an hour later, so Mentalist’s ratings weren’t included. Too bad, ’cause it was a good episode..wish they’d at least move it to Friday

  • Samunto

    The uptick for Revenge was expected given the previews for last night’s episode. Such a thrilling guilty pleasure soap. And going quite fast this season that i worry the pace could drop later. How 666 went up is beyond me.

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