Just as with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, a lonnnng absence made Once Upon a Time viewers’ hearts grow fonder.
ABC’s fantastical drama returned from its three-month, split-season hiatus to deliver 7.3 million total viewers and a 2.3 demo rating, up 14 and 21 percent from its fall finale and posting its best numbers since Episode 6 (“Ariel”). Chart!
Leading out of that, the premiere of ABC’s Resurrection – which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B” — drew 13.3 mil and a 3.6, up sharply from Revenge‘s most recent performance in the Sundays-at-9 spot (5.4/1.3) and marking TV’s best midseason drama debut since Smash and ABC’s best audience/demo in the time slot since January 2010/January 2011. Revenge meanwhile did 6.5 mil/1.9 in its hour-later home, up 20 and 46 percent from its last fresh outing and more than doubling the Betrayal finale.
Over on CBS, The Amazing Race (8.4 mil/1.8) surged 38 and 20 percent versus last week’s Oscars-impaired outing, The Good Wife (8.9 mil/1.3) was down 10 and 28 percent from its last fresh episode while The Mentalist (9.9 mil/1.6) added eyeballs and two tenths in the demo.
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And lastly for the broadcast nets (since NBC took a knee this Sunday), Fox’s Bob’s Burgers (2.1 mil/0.9) was down sharply in its special time slot, the second of The Simpsons’ two episodes (2.6 mil/1.2, 3.7 mil/1.6) flirted with its most recent numbers and Family Guy (4.5 mil/2.2) added viewers plus two tenths in the demo. UPDATE: Cosmos premiered to 8.5 million total viewers across Fox and the nine other networks that aired it.