Go figure. Once Upon a Time‘s decision to incorporate the buzziest Disney characters in a great while paid off in the ratings on Sunday night, as the Season 4 premiere — drawing 10.2 million total viewers and a 3.7 demo rating (per finals), and earning a “B+” grade from TVLine readers — surged 20 and 42 percent versus last year’s opener.
That marks Once‘s best numbers since Sept. 30, 2012 (Season 2’s premiere), while the series also hit all-time highs with Teens and Kids.
Continuing ABC’s night, Resurrection “returned” to 8.4 mil and a 2.5 (average grade: “B”), down from its March premiere but up from its May finale (8.2 mil/2.1). Revenge (5.7 mil/1.5, average grade: “B”) was down sharply from its previous premiere (8.1 mil/2.3, airing an hour earlier), but improved on its May finale (4.9 mil/1.3).
CBS | Madam Secretary in Week 2 did 12.7 mil and a 1.4, down 14 and 30 percent from its premiere, while The Good Wife (11.1 mil/1.3) ticked down one tenth. CSI (9.4 mil/1.3) fell more than 30 percent from its previous premiere (which aired on a Wednesday) and was off three tenths from The Mentalist‘s year-ago opener (9.7 mil/1.6).
FOX | The Simpsons (8.5 mil/3.9) rose 33 and 34 percent from its previous premiere. Brooklyn Nine-Nine christened its new time slot with 5.5 million viewers and a best-since-series premiere 2.6 rating, up from both its March finale (2.6 mil/1.3) and Bob’s Burgers year-ago performance in the time slot (4.5 mil/2.2). Family Guy‘s hour-long crossover with The Simpsons did 8.5 mil/4.5, surging 61 and 73 percent from its previous premiere, hitting a four-year demo high and topping all scripted fare in the demo.
NBC | Sunday Night Football (22.7 mil/8.7) was up 15 and 11 percent from last week’s finals.