TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time', 'Revenge', 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy' Return Down, 'Betrayal' Premieres Low

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September 30th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.6/15 3.3/9 2.0/5 1.6/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.5/14 3.3/10 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 15.347 8.062 6.711 9.453 2.922


NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC, FOX & CBS (NFL Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. In multiple East Coast markets, including New York City, CBS's entire primetime lineup started fifteen minutes late due to NFL overtime.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC  Sunday Night Football, which featured a match-up between the Patriots and the Falcons earned a preliminary 6.7 down 29 percent from last week's preliminary 6.9 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11PM.

On ABC, a Once Upon A Time clip show earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down 32 percent from last year’s 1.9 on September 30, 2012. The season premiere of Once Upon A Time scored a 2.6 down 33 percent from last year’s 3.9 but up 13 percent from a 2.3 for last spring’s finale. Your predictions were accurate. The season premiere of Revenge garnered a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating down 25 percent from last year’s 3.2 but up 41 percent from a 1.7 for the season 2 finale on May 12. The series premiere of Betrayal notched a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 29 percent from a 2.1 for the series premiere of 666 Park Avenue in the timeslot last year and tying Red Widow as ABC's lowest in-season Sunday debut ever. Those who wish to play Fan Excuse Bingo will note that last year, ABC’s primetime lineup was not competing with the series finale of Breaking Bad.

Note: CBS’s primetime line-up was delayed by fifteen minutes in multiple East Coast markets including New York, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Tampa, Nashville, Hartford, Kansas City, Memphis and Knoxville, due to football overruns. Consider these numbers scrambled! However, it's safe to say that all of CBS's programs are down from last year.

On FOX, NFL Football scored a preliminary 6.3 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of The Simpsons earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating down 26 percent from last year’s 3.8 on Sunday, September 30, 2012. The season premiere of Bob’s Burgers garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating down 19 percent from last year’s 2.6. The season premiere of Family Guy notched a 2.6  adults 18-49 rating down 21 percent from a 3.3 last year. The season premiere of American Dad scored a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating down 16 percent from last year’s 2.5.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 29, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football (Eagles/Broncos ) - Live 6.3/20 17.64
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 2.1/7 6.17
CBS NFL Football/60 Minutes - Season Premiere 1.4/4 10.39
ABC Once Upon A Time - Clip Show 1.3/4 5.07
7:30 FOX The OT - Live 4.0/12 10.51
NBC Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 3.4/10 9.29
8:00 NBC Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 5.3/15 14.99
FOX  The Simpsons - Season Premiere 2.8/8 6.29
ABC Once Upon A Time - Season Premiere 2.6/7 8.45
CBS  60 Minutes/The Amazing Race - Season Premiere 2.0/7 8.78
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football:  (Patriots/Falcons -Live (8:30-11PM) 6.7/15 18.47
FOX Bob's Burgers - Season Premiere 2.1/5 4.41
9:00 FOX Family Guy - Season Premiere 2.6/6 5.25
ABC Revenge - Season Premiere 2.4/6 8.04
CBS The Amazing Race/The Good Wife - Season Premiere 1.5/3 8.93
9:30 FOX American Dad - Season Premiere  2.1/5  4.28
10:00 CBS The Good Wife/The Mentalist - Season Premiere 1.6/4 9.72
ABC Betrayal - Series Premiere 1.5/4 5.29

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.




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  • CrimTV

    Is it a 2.4 or a 2.5 for Revenge, i’m confused?!

  • erwanfromfrance

    Does someone can give us the half-hours ratings please ? Thank you :)

  • Mitchell


    Be honest, you love reality TV. It’s audience gives you a target to attack with your false sense of intellectual superiority. Who would you be condescending towards if reality TV ceased to exist?

  • gerry

    i think revenge’s big trouble is going to come along when walking dead begins. that’s when it started to take hits last year and with the writing being off in much of s2, people just tuned out. hopefully with the retool and refocus it will hold strong this year…..

    @ s0303 and cbs makes me happy – agreed as well.

  • Dante

    ABC – Revenge (season premiere)
    Viewers: 8.35 million (#3), A18-49: 2.5/ 6 (#2)

    9:30 p.m.

    ABC – Revenge (season premiere)
    Viewers: 7.72 million (#3), A18-49: 2.3/ 5 (#2)

    So, it HAS to be a 2.4 for Revenge and it could even be a 2.3 in the finals.

  • jupiter3765

    way to go revenge

  • Shepherd


    I predict Revenge and Once Upon A Time will both have a ratings increase next week.

    I completely disagree. After adjustments, these will most likely be season highs for both shows.

  • Hel-luhr

    The Good Wife and The Mentalist were pulling those mid-1.0s for most of last season. This is no surprise to CBS. They were bubble shows last year and they are bubble shows this year. It all comes down to whether CBS thinks it can do better with new dramas, and I don’t think they feel confident about doing so. In addition, Good Wife is their most critically acclaimed show, and while that is NEVER enough to supersede a bad demo, it IS one small factor in the mix of whether to renew a bubble show.

  • harry

    Revenge had a 2.6 lead in and got a 2.4
    Nashville had a 4.3 lead in and got a 2.0

    yeah , like i said , revenge would have done a lot better in its original timeslot…

  • erwanfromfrance

    @Dante last year, Revenge was also down between half-hours, and it didn’t prevented her to be adjusted up a few times.

  • Justin121

    The only way to fix that Sunday @ 10 slot is to mive Castle, launch domething elsenoutof DWTS.

    Won’t be able to launch anything out of Revenge (it didn’t help that Beyrayal was extremely bad to beggin with).

  • steven

    I feared OUAT’s ratings would go down, they got hurt so much last season, I don’t think it’ll live to see 3.0 ratings again.

  • Melissa

    That’s good for Revenge.

  • gg

    YASS!!! Go Revenge.

    I was scared it would do like a 1.9

    It always rebounds during Fall. This season is equal to season 1 quality so i have no doubt ratings will be better this year. Last season should have never happened.

  • Mark

    I’m sure the Breaking Bad finale (And the Homeland premiere) had an impact on the networks last night.

  • Wright

    OUAT was really good last night. Hopefully the rating goes up later today.

  • battye

    How long until the Breaking Bad ratings are released?

  • Kissan

    That’s pretty good for OUAT and Revenge my top 2 favorite shows for two years. Betrayal flopped LOL. ABC should move a veteran like Castle or Nashville there and see what happens. Or if OUATIW flops on Thursday, they could move it to Sundays at 9 and make Revenge go to 10.

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  • John

    excellent for once and revenge considering how low they went last year and even if they decrease at bit to 1.7-2.0 for the year, it is enough for renewals considering it will mean syndication

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