Ratings: Nielsens-Needling Family Guy Outing Scores Sunday Win as All Dramas Decline
Fox’s Family Guy – which, this week, riffed on the TV ratings system, natch — came away with a big Sunday win, topping all scripted programming with a 3.4 rating (while drawing 6.74 million total viewers).
Helping pave the way for Family Guy‘s victory was usual Sunday titan Once Upon a Time, which at 9.6 mil and 3.3 was down 15 percent from its Season 2 opener.
In fact, every single broadcast drama took a hit this Sunday. Elsewhere on ABC, Revenge (which at times seemed to play like a commercial for Emily’s car) dropped 15 and 19 percent to 8.3 mil/2.6, while 666 Park Avenue‘s numbers continued to soften, tumbling 26 and 19 percent to barely 5.1 mil and a 1.7 rating.
Over on CBS, leading out of a flat Amazing Race (9.8 mil/2.5), The Good Wife dipped 6 percent to 9 mil/1.7, then a wonderfully trippy episode of The Mentalist — which, mind you, didn’t start until 10:30 pm — tripped more than 20 percent, down to 8.6 million viewers and a series-low 1.6.
Of Fox’s other fare, The Cleveland Show (4.4 mil/2.2) was up 22 percent from its previous premiere, The Simpsons (6.5 mil/3.1) dropped almost 20 percent, Bob’s Burgers (4.84 mil/2.3) fell 10 percent and American Dad (5.2 mil/2.6) ticked up a tenth.
COMING NEXT SUNDAY: AMC’s The Walking Dead, Talking Dead and Comic Book Men premiere new seasons.