TV Ratings - Once Upon a Time Strong, But Sunday Night Football Wins, Allen Gregory Debuts


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), Fox (Regional NFL Overruns) and CBS (NFL overrun of at least 29 minutes in Eastern and Central time zones) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Happy Halloween! We don’t need to wait for the finals to know that the Eagles 34-7 rout over the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football will lead NBC to a nightly win.

In its second week, Once Upon a Time held up well, falling only a tenth from last week’s premiere to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. Desperate Housewives was up a tenth to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and  Pan Am was also up a tenth to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

The annual ‘Treehouse of Horrors’ installment of The Simpsons scored a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating up 33% from its last original, but even that wasn’t enough cover for newcomer Allen Gregory which debuted with a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating following The Simpsons. Predictions were too high in the ‘guess the ratings’ poll with ~60% predicting better than a 2.5.   Family Guy dropped 9% from its last original to 3.2  adults 18-49 rating. At 9:30, The Cleveland Show drew a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

We’ll need to wait for the finals tomorrow morning as far as CBS’ numbers, but the preliminary hour totals are included below.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 30, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS NFL Overrun/60 Minutes 6.8/19 23.53
NBC Football Night in America 3.4/9 9.09
FOX The Cleveland Show (R) 1.9/5 4.84
ABC Once Upon a Time (R) 1.2/3 5.20
7:30 FOX The Simpsons (R) 2.5/7 5.41
8:00 NBC Football Night in America 5.9/14 15.14
FOX The Simpsons 4.0/10 8.01
ABC Once Upon a Time 3.9/9 11.64
CBS 60 Minutes/Amazing Race 3.5/8 14.29
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Cowboys at Eagles 8.5/20 21.98
FOX Allen Gregory (Season Premiere) 2.4/6 4.74
9:00 NBC Sunday Night Football: Cowboys at Eagles 8.5/19 21.26
ABC Desperate Housewives 3.1/7 9.28
FOX Family Guy 3.2/7 5.97
CBS Amazing Race/Good Wife 2.3/5 10.12
9:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 2.3/5 4.63
10:00 NBC Sunday Night Football: Cowboys at Eagles 7.6/19 18.16
CBS Good Wife/CSI: Miami 2.0/5 10.14
ABC Pan Am 1.9/5 5.59

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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