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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  • Mike

    @bill gorman stfu not funny


    @ Eugenius

    Are you a fan of TGW or not? I must say I was wondering how you were coping w/ that 57 minute delay.

  • Mary

    @Bill Gorman:

    Are you the real Bill? Because Bill normally prints in a differnt color font and, more importantly, I don’t see why ABC would cancel a show now with a 2.8 rating.

  • JR

    Yay for OUAT. Now we can relax easy- I was worried that it would be pulled after last week’s showing.

    Not. :)

  • HB

    @Max @Bill Gorman

    Keep Dreaming guys!

  • greysfan


    You are a bloody fool. Revenge is doing very well in the timeslot and is doing a lot better than a lot of other shows on the air right now.

    So happy for Once going up too. Last night was great and next week looks awesome.

  • Vance

    Robert Carlyle really elevates Once Upon A Time. Episodes focusing on him are typically much better than that of the rest of the series.

  • HB


    He’s just a troll..Ignore :D

  • David

    To me, Revenge is what Melrose Place was in the 90’s. A fun addictive soap you can talk to your friends about the next day. Although it’s not quite as campy and over-the-top as Melrose, it’s more cerebral.

  • Holly


    Of course he’s not the real Bill Gorman. He’s a troll.


    Oh HELLS yes about Once Upon a Time/Revenge. This IMO was the smartest combo decision ABC made. Wouldn’t anyone agree they would make a stellar combo on ABC Sunday for years to come. ABC kind of did some risking moving Revenge from its timeslot Wednesday which it did very well but ABC knew they needed a good show to replace DH that held that slot for 8 years. Revenge last night was WOWSA. Are Once Upon a Time and Revenge guaranteed third season renewels? Also 666 Park Avenue thats encouraging its demos jumped 20 percent. Hopefully ABC is patient with this show. Just be patient and give it time. Honestly 666 Park Avenue might work well after Shark Tank on Fridays to go against Grimm. Honestly let it keep growing.


    @ r0ckmypants

    The Mentalist aired in Pgh @ 10:57

  • matthew

    The Mentalist was really good last night

  • riley

    OUAT was cool last night! and I enjoyed the Mentalist too.

  • OMG

    I am cautiously celebrating for Revenge. Despite Sundays at 9pm being the most watched timeslot in the week, the saturation of television programmes in that slot can easily make it quite tough to get a good piece of the pie.

    Football, FOX Animation (that is still very popular), Revenge, The Good Wife plus the incredibly competitive cable shows are all established at 9pm such as The Walking Dead, Dexter and Boardwalk Empire.

  • Joe

    ONCE was amazing

  • LT

    Lol @Max. Good job troll good job. People still reply to him. Revenge is doing good by everyone’s standards.

  • Simon

    Why would they pull it? Even though it was down last week it was still a pretty good number.

  • hmm

    Maybe CBS should have waited to air Mentalist until another day. Starting at 11 PM is hardly going to be good for ratings.

  • OMG

    Max has always claimed that he/she is not a hater. If you want a show to get cancelled, that is THE definition of the word hater in the TVbytheNumbers universe.

    So stop pretending to be objective. We are all subjective people but at least we are not hypocrites.

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