Good news for ABC’s Once Upon A Time. After hitting a season low two weeks ago following a three-week streak of ratings gains, the fairytale drama (3.0/7 in adults 18-49) rebounded last night, up 11%. (ABC’s Sunday lineup was pre-empted for the American Music Awards last week.) But Once‘s lead-out, soap Revenge (2.2/5), didn’t follow suit, dropping 12% from its season low two weeks ago to a new low mark. ABC’s Sunday bookmark series, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/4) and cancelled 666 Park Avenue (1.2/3), both held steady.
Fox continued to ride a ratings roller-coaster on Sunday as the network alternates with CBS in carrying NFL double-headers. It was Fox’s turn to air a late game yesterday, giving a boost to the animated comedy block. As usual, The Simpsons (3.3/8, up 38% from last week), was the biggest beneficiary as it followed immediately the network’s football coverage at 8 PM. Bob’s Burgers (2.0/5) was up 11%, Family Guy (2.8/6) up 8% and The Cleveland Show (1.9/4), airing at 9:30 PM, was up 19% from last week’s 7:30 PM telecast.
NBC is projected to win the night with Sunday Night Football. In time–zone-adjusted metered-market household results, the Packers-Giants game (13.5/21 share) was up 11% from last week and 8% from the same night last year.
CBS’ lineup was scrambled again, this time because of NFL pre-emptions is several big markets including Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit and Miami. In those markets, the network’s primetime started at 7:58 PM, with all programs shifting by almost an hour, while in the rest of the country they aired in pattern. This renders CBS’ fast nationals as pretty unreliable.