Once Upon a Time was once again strong in the ratings. Though the third episode of ABC’s fantasy series slipped a slight 5 percent compared to last week, it still tied a football-overrun-boosted Simpsons episode to lead the night among entertainment shows.
NBC won the night with Sunday Night Football, the Ravens-Steelers game hitting a 14.2 overnight household rating, up 9 percent from last week. Fox was second with some football overrun fueling The Simpsons (8 million viewers, 3.7 adults 18-49 rating), which featured guest star Jane Lynch. The second episode of new animated comedy Allen Gregory (4.3 million, 2.1) fell 13 percent to rank as the lowest-rated entry on Fox’s block. Family Guy (5.7 million, 3.0) and American Dad (4.8 million, 2.5) were down slightly.
Over at ABC, Once (11.4 million, 3.7) was followed by Desperate Housewives (8.7 million, 2.8), down 10 percent, and then a steady Pan Am (5.2 million, 1.8). This Pan Am number puts ABC in a tough spot — it’s lower than what this time period really requires but the show has at least been stable for weeks, refusing to signal defeat by bottoming out. ABC ordered five more Pan Am scripts last week while renewing Once, so at least the network is giving the show more time to grow.
CBS ratings were impacted yet again by football overrun, but in these early approximate ratings it appears like Amazing Race (10 million, 2.6) was lower than usual, Good Wife (9 million, 2.1) improved slightly and CSI: Miami (8.6 million, 1.9) was low.