'Once' steady, 'Revenge' up from low of last week

On another Sunday dominated by football — early with the runover on CBS and later with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” — ABC saw its dramas “Once Upon a Time” and “Revenge” wrap fall with pretty good scores.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Once Upon a Time” averaged a 3.1 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour and “Revenge” followed with a 2.4/5 in the demo and 7.6 million viewers overall. While both were below their early-season ratings levels, they were up week to week in various categories and stood as the top two scripted broadcast series of the night in 18-49.

Kicking off the night, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) was flat week to week in the demo while drawing its largest overall audience of the season, and closing things was the fall finale of “666 Park Avenue” (1.4/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which joined “Revenge” in rebounding from a week-earlier season low.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys averaged a 6.6 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 18.1 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with the final demo rating expected to rise by at least 10% and an overall audience of about 21 million is likely. The game, won 38-33 by Dallas, pulled a 13.5 household rating/21 share and peaked in the 11 o’clock half-hour with a 14.1 rating; it did a 32.4/49 in Dallas and a 26.3/38 in Philadelphia.

NBC won the night in all categories, as it has every Sunday this fall.

CBS had a big start to the night with the overrun of its late-afternoon NFL action, which was expected to draw more than 25 million viewers in the 7 o’clock half-hour. Coverage extended until about 7:40 p.m. ET, pushing back the start times of the net’s Sunday lineup, with “60 Minutes” averaging roughly a 4.0/10 in 18-49 and 16.9 million viewers overall from 7:30 to 8:30. In the 8:30-9:30 p.m. hour (mostly “The Amazing Race”), CBS did a 2.7/7 in 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers overall, and from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. (mostly “The Good Wife”), the net pulled a 1.8/5 in the demo and 9.5 million viewers overall.

Fox aired repeats of animated anchors “The Simpsons” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” (1.9/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall). And given those lower-than-usual numbers, original episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 (1.8/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and “American Dad” at 9:30 (2.0/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) performed well.

Opening the night were a special repeat of “Bob’s Burgers” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall, with this number inflated due to football in some markets) and an original “The Cleveland Show” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.3/13; CBS, 3.2/8; ABC, 2.1/5; Fox, 1.7/4; Univision, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 15.1 million; CBS, 13.3 million; ABC, 7.0 million; Fox, 3.9 million; Univision, 2.7 million.

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