Ratings: Once Upon a Time Returns Strong to Top Night, 666 Numbers Low, Mentalist Bests Miami

ABC’s Once Upon a Time conjured up a double win on Premiere Sunday, besting all non-sports competition in both total audience and in the coveted 18-49 demo.

Once returned to 11 million viewers and a 3.8 rating, down just 14 percent and two tenths from its series debut, and up sharply from its freshman finale.

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Leading out of that, Revenge christened its new time slot with 9.5 mil and a 3.2, down 10 percent and a tenth from its series debut but up 20 and 33 percent from its freshman finale. Revenge matched Desperate Housewives‘ final season premiere while drawing a few less viewers.

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Capping ABC’s night, 666 Park Avenue opened to 7 mil/2.2, dropping about 30 percent of Revenge’s numbers and down 30 percent from Pan Am‘s year-ago debut. Versus GCB‘s March launch, 666 drew fewer viewers while tying the demo.

Over on CBS, The Amazing Race started Season 21 with 9.7 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating, down 17 percent in the demo from its year-ago premiere. The Good Wife, with 9.8 mil and a 1.8, was down 8 and 18 percent from its previous premiere. The Mentalist broke in its new time slot with 10.8 million viewers and a 2.1, down a good 20 percent from its last, Thursday season opener but up 35 and 24 percent from the CSI: Miami series finale.

Fox’s The Simpsons opened Season 24 with 8 million total viewers and a 3.7 rating, down just a hair year-over-year. Bob’s Burgers (5.4 mil/2.5) dropped 32 percent of that lead-in but was up 32 percent from its previous premiere. Versus their own year-ago openers, Family Guy (6.5 mil/3.3) was down 15 and 20 percent and American Dad (5.2 mil/2.5) slipped 10 and 17 percent.

NBC’s coverage of the Giants-Eagles Sunday Night Football game delivered a 15.6 overnight rating and a 25 share, marking a 16-year high for a Week 4 match-up.