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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  • Babygate

    CBS with their overruns is annoying. I set my Dvr to catch The Good Wife and all I got was the race which I promptly deleted. You would think that by now they would have figured outback way to adjust to the inconsistencies of football.
    Besides that, super happy that all my ABC shows are up. Holding up very well against all the sports.

  • Sammy

    Bill gorman (the fake one) & Max are the same guys…



    Technical difficulty was experienced on the Fri prelim post between 6AM & 7AM as several of my posts were not added & there were some posts that were somehow lost (the one by Justin 121).

    Are you aware of the snafu & are you able to retrieve what was lost?

  • Ultima

    I set my Dvr to catch The Good Wife and all I got was the race which I promptly deleted. You would think that by now they would have figured outback way to adjust to the inconsistencies of football.

    You would think that by now I would have figured out how to set my DVR to adjust to the inconsistencies of football.

    Fixed it for you!

  • Richard

    @ sammy i dont think those are the same guys
    and the next bill gorman isnt him either. another person just did that

    and I am the one who said i was robert seidman

  • Ultima


    By the way, the correct answer on doubleheader nights is to set your DVR for 9:30-11pm to record The Good Wife.

  • Max

    Yay, Scandal cancelled! The worst show on TV is finally gone. I just wanted to see how it would do without the Grey’s lead in for one week. Perhaps it would get 0.0 in the demo?

  • jr

    The Mentalist started at 10:55. Crazy

  • iMember

    YEEESSSS!!! Goooooo REVENGE and ONCE!! I’m incredibly happy to see the both of them UP this week. Revenge especially is up from Season 1 which is actually a fantastic feat for a serialized show such as itself. I believe a 2.8 is matches Revenge’s 3rd highest rating of the series so far.

    ABC made such a brilliant decision to place these two shows together. Last night’s episodes from both shows were awesome!

  • Joe
  • Percysowner

    @Max …and the woes of REVENGE continue.

    Because going up is a BAD thing?? Most shows would be happy to go up, but according to you Revenge going UP is death for the show. You really do have a bee in your bonnet about Revenge, don’t you?

  • iMember

    Also, it’s really nice to see 666 Park Avenue climb up. I hope Last Resort can do that this week two. 666 has improved really well since the Pilot.

  • Danielle

    Very pleased with the rebound for OUAT. Now that’s more like it. :)

  • Richard

    haha love the fake max impersonator

  • Mike

    Good wife stinks this season. 666 park ave has to get its due. Last nights ep was just good TV…plain and simple.

  • Ally

    Revenge was fantastic last night so I am glad to see it did well. I live on the east coast and TGW started at 9:55. Won’t their ratings be adjusted to account for those 5 minutes of AR? 666 Park could still beat it even if it gets adjusted down.

  • Phil

    Animation Domination was missing last night! Not fair!

  • Ultima

    I live on the east coast and TGW started at 9:55. Won’t their ratings be adjusted to account for those 5 minutes of AR?

    Yes; also, the shows air in their normal timeslots out west, so that will be accounted for as well.

    Essentially, the preliminary ratings for FOX, NBC and CBS are mostly worthless.

  • madbengalsfan85

    I find that my username works REALLY WELL today

  • Dan S

    I’m surprised Bill Gorman hasn’t blocked the troll using his name. Even if I don’t like a show I don’t go around announcing its cancellation just to be a snot. Otherwise good for ABC bouncing back up in the ratings last night. 666 seems to have bottomed out so it’ll be interesting if it can get back to 2.0 to justify it staying on the air.

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