once upon a time s3 premiere rtgs TV ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' 'The Good Wife' and 'Family Guy' all open down SundayFast National ratings for Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

With a big finale and a number of premieres on cable, Sunday’s slate of broadcast-network premieres fell well short of the benchmark they set a year ago.

“Sunday Night Football” once again carried NBC to an easy win for the night, but for just about every other show, the numbers were down compared to this time a year ago. ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and “Revenge” both dropped by double-digit percentages in adults 18-49, and “Betrayal” opened well below where “666 Park Avenue” did last year. (“OUAT” and “Revenge” at least improved on their averages from last spring.) CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” “The Good Wife” and “The Mentalist” were all down, as were “Family Guy” and the rest of FOX’s animated shows.

(Numbers for the finale of “Breaking Bad,” which likely had a sizable effect on the 9 p.m. shows, and premieres on Showtime and HBO will be available later in the day.)

NBC easily led the night with 15.35 million viewers and a 9.4 rating/15 share in households, pending updates for its live NFL telecast. CBS (9.45 million, 6.1/10) finished second in viewers. FOX took third with 8.1 million viewers and a 4.9/8, also pending updates as its late-afternoon NFL game encroached on primetime. ABC drew 6.7 million viewers and a 4.1/6.

The adults 18-49 title also went to NBC, which scored a 5.6 rating in the demographic. FOX currently stands in second with a 3.3. ABC posted a 2.0 and CBS a 1.6.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX: NFL runover/”The OT” (14.1 million viewers, 8.4/14 households)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (10.4 million, 6.9/12)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (7.7 million, 4.7/8)
ABC: Special – “Once Upon a Time: Journey to Neverland” (5.1 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: NFL runover/”The OT” (5.1)

8 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” – Patriots/Falcons (18 million, 10.9/17)
CBS: “The Amazing Race” season premiere (8.8 million, 5.4/8)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time” season premiere (8.45 million, 4.8/7)
FOX: “The Simpsons” season premiere (6.3 million, 3.8/6)/”Bob’s Burgers” season premiere (4.4 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (6.3)

9 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (18.7 million, 11.5/17)
CBS: “The Good Wife” season premiere (8.9 million, 5.4/8)
ABC: “Revenge” season premiere (8 million, 4.9/7)
FOX: “Family Guy” season premiere (5.25 million, 3.3/5)/”American Dad” season premiere (4.3 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (6.7)

10 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (16.8 million, 10.5/17)
CBS: “The Mentalist” season premiere (9.7 million, 6.2/10)
ABC: “Betrayal” series premiere (5.3 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (6.5)

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

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Posted by:Rick Porter