ABC’s already renewed Once Upon a Time returned from its three-month hiatus and entered the Underworld on Sunday night with 4 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, steady in the demo versus its fall finale (which marked a series low) but slipping 13 percent to its smallest audience ever.
That said, Once was Sunday’s top-rated broadcast drama. TVLine readers gave the winter premiere an average grade of “B+.”
Continuing ABC’s night, The Family made its regular time slot premiere — opposite both The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey‘s series finale — with 3.1 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, down sharply from its Thursday sneak peek while matching Blood & Oil’s season/series finale. Quantico‘s winter premiere (3.7 mil/1.1) ticked down to series lows on both counts.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
CBS | Madam Secretary (10.1 mil/1.2) was steady, The Good Wife (7.2 mil/0.9) dipped 9 percent and a tenth to hit and match series lows and CSI: Cyber (5.7 mil/0.8) slipped 13 percent and a tenth.
FOX | In its new leadoff slot, Bordertown (5.7 mil/1.5) got a boffo bump from NASCAR overrun. In other prelim numbers, Bob’s Burgers (2.6 mil/1.1), Cooper Barrett (1.9 mil/0.8) and Family Guy (2.7 mil/1.3) were steady, while The Simpsons (3.2 mil/1.3) and Last Man on Earth (2.7 mil/1.1) ticked down.