TV ratings: Football rules Sunday but 'Once Upon a Time' and ABC rise

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steelers-bengals-ratings-1021-gi.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012

An afternoon NFL game that ate up an hour of primetime on CBS and NBC's regular "Sunday Night Football" telecast gave those two networks the night's biggest audiences. In the midst of that, though, ABC's drama lineup was up across the board: "Once Upon a Time," "Revenge" and "666 Park Avenue" were all up a little over last week.

Because they all had live sports in primetime, numbers for CBS, NBC and FOX will change some. At the moment though, CBS is in the lead overall with 14.5 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/14 share in households, beating NBC's 12.8 million and 7.8/12. ABC (7.3 million, 4.5/7) came in third, while FOX (5.6 million, 3.5/5) trailed.

NBC scored a win among adults 18-49 with a 4.8 rating. CBS finished second in the demographic with a 3.8, followed by ABC, 2.3, and FOX, 1.6.

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