Ratings: Once Upon a Time Hits a 2-Year High, Family Guy Hits 4-Year High, Relocated CSI Returns Down

Once Upon a Time Frozen Ratings

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.

RELATED Once Upon a Time Premiere Recap: Do You Want to Fight a Snowman?

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).

RELATED Read Our Recaps for Resurrection and Revenge


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.

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  1. Greg says:

    OUCH for Revenge. I said it last night in the official Revenge recap thread.

    Yeah, it tied CSI in the demo but that will easily change in the coming weeks as serialized shows tend to drop while procedurals can go either way. As expected, OUAT does well, Resurrection does alright (the drop is a bit alarming though). Not sure what ABC is expecting but Revenge is going to be below 1.0 come spring, if not sooner.

  2. Erica says:

    I’m happy to see OUAT’s numbers up; it’s a great show! Glad their Frozen gamble paid off, though I watch it for the core characters (especially Regina & Robin’s story).

  3. Kubrick says:

    Not bad for once. As much as I like Ted Danson and the younge blonde girl its high time CSI retired. Same with Revenge.

    • Greg says:

      Good news for CSI is, as a procedural, it could go up and down a few tenths on a weekly basis and still be tolerable for CBS. Look at the whole night- pretty old skewing and it fits right in.

      Revenge is the sore thumb in the crowd. That demo number will probably be the highest the show is able to do all season. I wonder if ABC will have the guts to pull the plug before 22 episodes, as I’m not such syndication is going to be such a hot thing for a show like this.

      • mykka says:

        Why would they pull the plug when nothing ABC have put in that timeslot has worked in the last few years? 1.4 isnt good, but its better than the sub-1.0 the previous shows have done there

        • Greg says:

          I don’t know what their midseason shows look like. They might try something then. Or perhaps move Resurrection to 10 and try something at 9 that would get a boost from OUAT. Regardless, it should be interesting to see how they handle Revenge and when they announce officially that this is the final season.

          • uniqblue69 says:

            Resurrection will be a limited series (16 eps at most a season) and American Crime will take over for it on March 1.

        • Moment says:

          Sub 1? The Mentalist did over a 1 in that timeslot.

  4. Heather says:

    Woo-hoo for OUAT!

  5. Babybop says:

    Happy for Once – Not a big Frozen fan, but if it brings in viewers I suppose I can’t complain. Here’s hoping Brooklyn 99 didn’t suffer in its new night…

  6. Boiler says:

    Love the OUAT numbers. Guessing this is Revenge last season. Like the show but they should be done. DVR’d Madam Secretary. Think its pretty good but are those numbers inflated due to football over run? Hopefully Brooklyn 99 did OK but don’t have much hope on a Sunday

    • wrstlgirl says:

      I agree about Revenge. Clearly it’s in reboot but not sure how much more “revenge” there is left to have. With David Clarke returning this season should wrap it up.

    • dan says:

      There wasn’t a “national” late game on CBS so no overrun in our area. Not sure if some markets had a late game.

      • Boiler says:

        Yea CBS ran about 15 minutes late. Not sure why

        • drhenning says:

          The Jags-Chargers game ran over a little in some big markets like NY, Chicago, Detroit, and good chunk of Florida that delayed its programming just in those ones… The NBC NFL game was a blowout so that may have actually helped some later programming but maybe folks started watching stuff on DVR’s early as a result…

  7. kd83954 says:

    Whoa! Way to go B99! I was really worried it would suffer in it’s new slot but it did AWESOME! Here’s hoping the ratings keep up –the show is stellar.

  8. Eric7740 says:

    Yay OUAT!!! I’m glad people are rediscovering this wonderful family show, this is where its numbers should/shouldve be/been!!!

    • wrstlgirl says:

      I mainly checked out QUAT for the addition of the new characters. The will she or won’t she (use magic) with Regina is tiresome. For me to stick with it for another season they need some new ideas, I’m completely bored with the same old arguments, etc.

  9. Coal says:

    B99 slayed it. Are Sundays demo ratings the highest for in the week ?

  10. origo says:

    BROOKLYN NINE-NINE!!! so happy about the ratings, this time fox made a right decision in its scheduling

  11. Moment says:

    Madam Secretary hitting a 1.4 was expected, same with 60 Minutes and the 1.1, this is the true level of viewership for both shows when they don’t have a massive lead in inflating the numbers, as I said last week.

    • ChicagoDan says:

      And it will be the same for FOX next week. That’s the way it goes during football season – whoever has late national game, gets a big bump for the rest of line up.

      • Moment says:

        I agree, I think CBS should swap Madam Secretary and Amazing Race. Madam draws a much older crowd, and would benefit from the lower expectations on Friday, and TAR, although it would bring less viewers would draw a better demo on Sunday which could benefit Good Wife and CSI.

  12. zac says:

    Great news for B99!!

  13. ninamags says:

    Yes! My ‘Boys always bring in the big ratings!!

  14. ChicagoDan says:

    Well, gosh, CSI returns down in CBS deathslot. With great compatible lead-ins like MS & TGW, instead of CM, why would anyone expect CSI to do better? Plus zero promotion in new time slot. Not even a single repeat there the entire summer – instead Friday at 8/7. Yeah, that made a lot of sense. REV is in real trouble. OUAT is headed for a great season. Will FG end up missing AD in long run?

    • Moment says:

      I think CSI will be okay and may get a final season. I remember last season(While looking for the OUAT and TAR numbers) that The Good Wife dropped as low as a 1.2 and CBS were more than happy to renew it because of the critical acclaim and syndication potential. CSI is a well known franchise, I think they will give it the respect of a final season if it came down to it. But I mainly think that removing TAR made Sundays a much older skewing night for CBS which isn’t doing CSI any favors.

  15. Joey Padron says:

    Glad Brooklyn Nine-Nine did well on their new night.

  16. arial2 says:

    Given all the premieres last night, not surprising Madam Secretary fell somewhat. But it still drew more than 12 million viewers, so I’m hoping CBS considers it “successful.” Loved Mom’s and Dad’s the realistic attitude toward daughter dropping out of college: 1.) Get a job, 2.) “College is a four-year deferment from real life.” Hope the second makes your “quotes of the week.” Laughed so hard at the shock on their daughter’s face.

  17. Mike R. says:

    The real question is will people stick around for the Frozen arc and then leave for 4b, or did they just check out the premiere, I mean good chance to capture some new viewers, but I just wonder how much this rating will drop by December.

  18. DavidSask says:

    I am not here for Frozen! I have now stopped watching Once, barely made it through last year. Revenge was good, it seems viewers just won’t tune in for that network’s soaps, also see Mistresses in summer. Madame Secretary was boring won’t be back for that show, I feel it could be anything in that slot and people won’t change channel! I actually recorded Family Guy for crossover and don’t watch either show it had a few moments of hilarity but not enough to warrant an hour eps.