Ratings: NFL Gives NBC a Win; ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘666 Park Avenue’ Dip

CBS's "The Mentalist" jumps 25 percent

Last Updated: October 15, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

The Green Bay Packers/Houston Texans game gave "Sunday Night Football" a slight boost and pushed NBC to a decisive overall win, while ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and "666 Park Avenue" took slight dips, according to preliminary numbers.

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While NBC's numbers are subject to revision due to the nature of live sports, the network holds a commanding first place in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic with a 5.6 rating/14 share and in total viewers with 14.7 million. Following three installments of "Football Night in America" from 7 p.m. until 8:30 — which drew a 1.9/5, 3.3/9 and 5.3/14, respectively, the Green Bay-Houston game climbed 11 percent from last week's "Sunday Night Football," posting a 6.9/16 and grabbing 17.7 million total viewers.

Fox's numbers are also approximate due to live sports, but the network currently holds second place in ratings and third in total viewers with a 2.7/7 and 8 million. NFL overrun at 7 drew a 6.2/18 and took 17 million total viewers. "The OT" at 7:30 drew a 4.4/12 and received 11.6 million total viewers, while Game 1 of the NLCS between St. Louis and San Francisco at 8 posted a 1.9./5 and drew 6 million total viewers.

CBS took third in ratings and second in total viewers with a 2.2/6 and 10.4 million. (Like NBC and Fox, the network's numbers are also skewed due to sports.) NFL overrun combined with "60 Minutes" at 7 grabbed a 2.6/7 and took 12.6 million total viewers, while "The Amazing Race" the following hour held even with last week for a 2.6/6 and took 9.4 million total viewers. "The Good Wife" at 9 also ran even with last week, with a 1.7/4 and received 9 million total viewers, while "The Mentalist" at 10 jumped 25 percent to a 2.0/5 and grabbed 10.6 million total viewers.

ABC came in fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 2.1/5 and 7 million. "America's Funniest Home Videos" at 7 posted a 1.4/4 and had 5.8 million total viewers, while "Once Upon a Time" the following hour dropped 12 percent to a 3.0/7 and grabbed 9.1 million total viewers. "Revenge" the following hour inched up to a 2.7/6 and received 8.2 million total viewers, while the network's new offering "666 Park Avenue" fell off 12 percent from last week for a 1.5/4 and drew 4.9 million total viewers.