Ratings: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Comes Back to Earth

After two huge weeks to start the season with its storyline tied to characters from the movie “Frozen,” ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” took a bit of a hit on Sunday. But was still up vs. this time a year ago — as was the net’s three-hour drama block. The night also saw Fox’s “Mulaney” remain low, but at least gained a tenth despite lesser lead-in help.

The Alphabet’s “Resurrection” took a tumble as well, and likely was impacted by the return of AMC megahit “The Walking Dead.” Ratings for the cable show’s season premiere were expected to be issued later Monday.

NBC won last night with “Sunday Night Football,” as its New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles matchup averaged a 6.0 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 16.6 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with the final averages expected to be at least 10% higher. It was a lackluster game, with the host Eagles opening up a 20-0 halftime and winning 27-0.

In Nielsen’s metered market overnights, the football game averaged a season-low 11.6 household rating/18 share, down nearly 10% from last week’s 12.8/20 for Cincinnati-New England. In addition to competition from AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” football also faced a National League Championship Series baseball game on Fox Sports 1 (San Francisco-St. Louis).

Elsewhere, Fox placed second in demos for the night thanks to an NFL overrun, which helped “The Simpsons” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) become Sunday’s top-rated broadcast entertainment series in 18-49. This is down from the 3.9 of its season premiere (which also had a football overrun) and up sharply from last week’s 2.0/6 and 4.27 million viewers overall (when the net didn’t have football leading into primetime).

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) took advantage of its stronger lead-in to rise half a ratings point from last week. The net then went with an early-season “Family Guy” repeat last night (1.7/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), followed by “Mulaney” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall), which at least managed to improve slightly upon its weak bow of the previous week.

At ABC, the season premiere of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) matched its year-ago rating. It was followed by “Once Upon a Time” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), which was down about 20% from last week (3.3) but still up 8% from last year (2.4).

“Resurrection” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) was down a steep 30% week to week and also two ticks lower than last year’s “Revenge” in the timeslot. And at 10 p.m., “Revenge” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) was down two tenths week to week but still fared a lot better than last year’s “Betrayal” in the timeslot (0.8).

Numbers for CBS could be tweaked in the nationals, as the start of the network’s entire lineup started 18 minutes late in some Eastern and Central time-zone markets. In the prelims, “60 Minutes” averaged a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 9.7 million viewers overall, and was followed by “Madam Secretary” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall), “The Good Wife” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall). If the numbers hold, “CSI” would be up from its week-ago average when the started more than 30 minutes late in about 75% of the country.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.8/13; Fox, 3.7/10; ABC, 1.6/4; CBS, 1.4; Univision, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 13.5 million; CBS, 10.1 million; Fox, 9.6 million; ABC, 5.8 million; Univision, 2.3 million; Telemundo, 0.7 million.

 

 

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