8:56am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Once' and 'Revenge' Return Relatively Steady as Most Sunday Series Fall
Sunday Night Football didn't slow down last night, despite the added competition of originals returning to ABC, Fox and CBS.
Fast affiliate ratings give the nail-biter between the Giants and the Eagles an 8.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 20.6 million viewers ahead of time zone adjustments. A hour and a half of Football Night in America averaged a 3.6 ratings, giving the network a tentative 6.4 adults 18-49 rating for the night and 16.6 million viewers.
Fox saw a significant boost from NFL overrun -- a 7.8 adults rating for the 7 p.m. hour -- before the animation block returned with a relatively steady Simpsons, down two tenths of a point from last year's premiere for a 3.7 rating with adults 18-49. Bob's Burgers was the only series to surge over last year, getting a 32 percent bump from its midseason opener with a 2.5 adults rating. Family Guy pulled a 3.3 adults rating, down 20 percent from last fall, while American Dad dropped 17 percent to a 2.5 rating with 18-49-ers. The network averaged 4.6 adults rating for the night and 10.96 million viewers.
Once Upon a Time prepped for its 8 p.m. return with a one-hour recap special (1.8 adults rating). The actual premiere broadcast was two tenths of a point shy of last year's series debut, but it's 3.8 rating with the demo was the night's strongest for any scripted effort. Revenge's move to Sundays didn't see any ratings boost. The sophomore opener was down a tenth of a point from last year's Wednesday debut to 3.2 adults rating. 666 Park lost a bit of its lead at 10 p.m., posting a 2.2 adults rating. That's 29 percent shy of last year's Pan Am opener in the same slot. ABC averaged a 2.7 adults rating and 8.4 million viewers.
60 Minutes returned with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Down 22 percent, it was the first of four double digit drops for CBS. The Amazing Race opened to a 2.5 rating with 18-49-ers, down 17 percent, while The Good Wife fell 18 percent to a 1.8 adults rating. The Mentalist took the steepest drop, 25 percent, pulling a 2.1 rating with the demo. CBS averaged a 2.1 rating in the demo and 10.5 million viewers.
Univision posted a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 for the night.