once upon a time cast TV ratings: 'Once Upon a Time' bests 'Sunday Night Football,' World Series wins the nightFast national ratings for Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

A blowout win for the New Orleans Saints over the Indianapolis Colts sent “Sunday Night Football’s”
ratings down quite a bit and propelled FOX to a win with the World Series Game 4, as it had more than 2 million viewers over what the World Series had been averaging so far. ABC’s new fairytale drama “Once Upon a Time” had a strong premiere at 12.8 million viewers, beating Sunday Night Football in their shared timeslot.

FOX won the night with 14.6 million viewers and an 8.8 rating/14 share in households, followed by CBS at 10.5 million and a 6.7/10, NBC at 9.6 million and a 5.9/9 and ABC at 8.6 million and a 5.3/8. Those numbers will change when the adjustments for live sports are factored in.

FOX also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.4, followed by NBC at 3.8, ABC at 2.6 and CBS at 2.3

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX: NFL overrun/”The OT” (17.6 million viewers, 10.5/17 households)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (12.7 million, 8.1/13)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (6.6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (5.3 million, 3.3/5)

18-49 leader: NFL overrun/”The OT” (5.8)

8 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 4, Cardinals-Rangers (13.99 million, 8.4/13)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time” premiere (12.8 million, 7.4/11)
NBC: “Sunday Night Football” – Saints-Colts (11.3 million, 7.1/11)
CBS: “The Amazing Race” (9.9 million, 6.1/9)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (4.4)

9 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 4, Cardinals-Rangers (13.7 million, 8.2/12)
NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (12.1 million, 7.3/11)
CBS: “The Good Wife” (9.6 million, 6.3/9)
ABC: “Desperate Housewives” (9.2 million, 5.2/8)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (4.9)

10 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 4, Cardinals-Rangers (13.1 million, 8.1/13)
CBS: “CSI: Miami” (9.8 million, 6.4/10)
NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (9.5 million, 5.9/10)
ABC: “Pan Am” (5.8 million, 4.0/6)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (5.3)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."