TV ratings: 'Once Upon a Time' bests 'Sunday Night Football,' World Series wins the night

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once-upon-a-time-cast.jpgFast national ratings for Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

A blowout win for the New Orleans Saints over the Indianapolis Colts sent "Sunday Night Football's" ratings down quite a bit and propelled FOX to a win with the World Series Game 4, as it had more than 2 million viewers over what the World Series had been averaging so far. ABC's new fairytale drama "Once Upon a Time" had a strong premiere at 12.8 million viewers, beating Sunday Night Football in their shared timeslot.

FOX won the night with 14.6 million viewers and an 8.8 rating/14 share in households, followed by CBS at 10.5 million and a 6.7/10, NBC at 9.6 million and a 5.9/9 and ABC at 8.6 million and a 5.3/8. Those numbers will change when the adjustments for live sports are factored in.

FOX also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.4, followed by NBC at 3.8, ABC at 2.6 and CBS at 2.3

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX:
NFL overrun/"The OT" (17.6 million viewers, 10.5/17 households)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (12.7 million, 8.1/13)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (5.3 million, 3.3/5)

18-49 leader: NFL overrun/"The OT" (5.8)

8 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 4, Cardinals-Rangers (13.99 million, 8.4/13)
ABC: "Once Upon a Time" premiere (12.8 million, 7.4/11)
NBC: "Sunday Night Football" - Saints-Colts (11.3 million, 7.1/11)
CBS: "The Amazing Race" (9.9 million, 6.1/9)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (4.4)

9 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 4, Cardinals-Rangers (13.7 million, 8.2/12)
NBC: "Sunday Night Football" (12.1 million, 7.3/11)
CBS: "The Good Wife" (9.6 million, 6.3/9)
ABC: "Desperate Housewives" (9.2 million, 5.2/8)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (4.9)

10 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 4, Cardinals-Rangers (13.1 million, 8.1/13)
CBS: "CSI: Miami" (9.8 million, 6.4/10)
NBC: "Sunday Night Football" (9.5 million, 5.9/10)
ABC: "Pan Am" (5.8 million, 4.0/6)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (5.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.


Photo/Video credit: ABC