TV Ratings: Rising 'Once Upon a Time' Tops Sunday
"Revenge," "The Mentalist" and "The Simpsons" all clock lows as the broadcast networks enter the home stretch of the 2013-14 TV season.
The first Sunday of the May sweep brought a demo win for ABC, thanks in large part to a lifted Once Upon a Time. The drama improved four-tenths of a point from its last showing, averaging a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and topping all other Sunday series. Resurrection (1.9 adults) and Revenge (1.2 adults) were both down a touch from their last episodes -- with the latter hitting a series low. ABC took a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers for the night.
60 Minutes was also improved last night, up three-tenths to a 1.4 rating. The Amazing Race (1.9 adults) improved two-tenths, while The Good Wife (1.3 adults) held its latest showing and The Mentalist (1.2 adults) was off two-tenths to tie a series low. CBS won the night in total viewers with an average 9.2 rating and tied Fox in the key demo with an average 1.5 rating.
Over on Fox, Bob's Burgers (1.1 adults) was much improved (half a point) from last week's episode. American Dad (1.2 adults) and Family Guy (2.1 adults) held steady, while The Simpsons (1.5 adults) fell two-tenths of a point to a season low. Cosmos (1.4 adults) was even with its most recent showing, and Fox took 3.3 million viewers for the night.
Again preempted in Portland by NBA playoffs, NBC saw early returns for its entire lineup improve. American Dream Builders (0.7 adults) was up two-tenths, while Dateline (1.1 adults) improved three-tenths. Both Believe (1.2 adults) and Crisis (1.0 adults) moved up a tenth, giving NBC an average 1.0 rating and 4.3 million viewers over the night.