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Primetime Ratings, Saturday, 9/28/13 & Sunday, 9/29/13

 

Once Upon A Time

 

ABC picked up the Saturday win via college football, while NBC got the Sunday victory.

'Sunday Night Football's Patriots-Falcons match-up came up just short of last week's numbers, and dominated the night as usual. The fall Sunday scripted series bloodletting officially commenced, with ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' premiere dropping over 30% from last year's return. The season premiere of 'Revenge' also came up way short of last fall's numbers, but by a lesser 25%. New serial drama 'Betrayal' disappointed, earning a 1.5. This ties 'Red Widow' as ABC's lowest rated "in-season" Sunday premiere to date.

The entire CBS line-up ('60 Minutes,' 'The Amazing Race,' 'The Good Wife,' and 'The Mentalist') were all down considerably from last year's season premieres as well. The now seemingly annual NFL Sunday Night Massacre went unabated by FOX. 'The Simpsons' was down an entire ratings point. The just renewed 'Bob's Burgers' dipped half a point. 'Family Guy' fell seven tenths. The final FOX season of 'American Dad' began by dropping four tenths.

I'm not sure exactly what combination of factors is the cause behind every Sunday night offering going sailing off a cliff again this year, but it's definitely happening. As I've noted before, while sports have always soundly whomped the numbers drawn by scripted series (for obvious reasons), last fall was notable for it happening by epically harsh margins. Most Sunday shows were lucky to finish last season with half the audience they ended the previous season with.

Judging by tonight's totals, things are only going to get worse this time out. The lone upside for fans is that since every show is doing poorly, the networks' expectations will eventually have to be adjusted accordingly. In other words, while a show might have been canceled for drawing a 2.0 on a Sunday even two years ago, now that number might end up being considered good.

Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions

Saturday 9/27

8PM

ABC - College Football - 2.0 - 7 - 6.36

CBS - The Crazy Ones (R) - 0.9 - 3 - 3.61

NBC - Chicago Fire (R) - 0.5 - 2 - 2.30

FOX - College Football - 0.4 - 1  - 1.22

8:30PM

CBS - Mom (R) - 0.8 - 3 - 3.38

9PM

NBC - The Blacklist (R) - 0.7 - 2 - 3.85

CBS - Hostages (R) - 0.7 - 2 - 3.66

10PM

CBS - 48 Hours (N) - 1.0 - 3 - 6.01

NBC - Saturday Night Live (R) - 0.9 - 3 - 2.92

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Sunday 9/28

7PM

FOX - NFL Overrun - 9.3 - 32 - 26.67

NBC - Football Night in America - 2.1 - 7 - 6.17

CBS - 60 Minutes (Season Premiere) - 1.4 - 4 - 10.67

ABC - Once Upon A Time (Clip Show) - 1.4 - 4 - 5.05

7:30PM

FOX - The OT - 4.7 - 15 - 12.89

NBC - Football Night in America - 2.0 - 6 - 11.36

8PM

NBC - Football Night in America - 4.1 - 12 - 11.36

FOX - The Simpsons (Season Premiere) - 2.9 - 8 - 6.37

ABC - Once Upon A Time (Season Premiere) - 2.6 - 7 - 8.52

CBS - The Amazing Race (Season Premiere) - 2.0 - 5 - 8.62

8:30PM

NBC - Sunday Night Football - 7.6 - 20 - 20.49

FOX - Bob's Burgers (Season Premiere) - 2.2 - 5 - 4.48

9PM

FOX - Family Guy (Season Premiere) - 2.6 - 6 - 5.23

ABC - Revenge (Season Premiere) - 2.3 - 6 - 8.11

CBS - The Good Wife (Season Premiere) - 1.5 - 4 - 9.15

9:30PM

FOX - American Dad (Season Premiere) - 2.1 - 5 - 4.32

10PM

CBS - The Mentalist (Season Premiere) - 1.6 - 4 - 9.70

ABC - Betrayal (Series Premiere) - 1.5 - 4 - 5.16

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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Written by: msd85
Oct 1st, 2013, 7:31 pm

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msd85
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Message Posted On Oct 2nd, 2013, 12:01 am

Both great points Zootie, especially about Breaking Bad's finale. I'm interested to see what happens next week. It should tell us whether this week was an outlier or an ominous omen of things to come.

zootie

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Message Posted On Oct 1st, 2013, 10:51 pm

Maybe this premiere Sunday was an outlier, given Breaking Bad's finale (and other cable shows). Cable channels are bringing quality shows head to head with the networks.

 

 

Not to discount the trend that traditional TV is losing to internet and streaming and changing habits. The content is being watched, they just can't measure it, and it is affecting renewal decisions, which only makes it worse (Network cancel shows being watched online and pirated, which further alienates young viewers that keep turning to alternatives).

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