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Ratings Report: 'Once Upon a Time' Debuts Strong, 'The Good Wife' Dips

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 2:00PM
Once Upon a Time'Once Upon a Time' has worked ratings magic for ABC. The fairy tale drama from the writers of 'Lost' debuted to 12.8 million viewers with a strong 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

'Big Love' star Ginnifer Goodwin and 'House' veteran Jennifer Morrison star in 'Once Upon a Time,' a drama where fairy tale characters exist, but are trapped in the real world. As always, the real test is to see how the show does in week 2.

'Desperate Housewives' got a boost thanks to 'Once' and pulled in 9.2 million viewers and a 3.0 in the 18-49 demographic. 'Pan Am' was steady at 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating.

Over on CBS, 'The Amazing Race' had 9.9 million viewers and a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic. 'CSI: Miami' fell to a 2.1 rating and 9.8 million viewers. 'The Good Wife' dipped to 9.6 million viewers and a 2.0 rating. Programming was shifted in some markets because of football, but this could be the lowest amount of total viewers 'The Good Wife' has ever had.

Fox and NBC had sports, Fox with the World Series and NBC with Sunday Night Football. The football game on NBC had a 4.6 rating and 11.2 million viewers.

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the good wife is getting hassled because its starting time is not a a schedualed definite time the football games and the programs proir to it go on into the the good wifes programed timed causing one to have to re do their dvr if they are recording it . i have missed the beginning and the end trying to catch the show with how they have squeezed it in between on sunday nite--- help this show and get it back to where i can see the whole show without working magic wth my remote

October 26 2011 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Place the Good Wife on Sunday when it is anybody's guess what time it will really start. . and then wonder where the audience went. .duh!!! If it isn't football. .or the World Series. . it is the PGA or the LPGA . . or a bobsled race in Jamaica . .anything is more important than the prime time schedule on Sunday on CBS and it has always been that way. CSI: Miami had the same problem last year. . when you expect to see a program at 10pm. . and it hasn't started by 10:45pm. . you tend to lose interest and switch to something at a regularly scheduled time. Sometimes here in the Eastern market it has been totally cancelled.. but not til the last minute and with little notice. Even setting the DVR out an extra hour has not insured that you will see it broadcast in its entirety. So don't complain about losing viewers when you are not providing the show in a timely manner.

I thought Once Upon Time was a breath of fresh air. . something creative and not a rehash of some law/police procedural. . or vampire/werewolf angst in the suburbs. . or another not entertaining reality show or news (yawn) magazine. Most of us know the basic fairytale characters. . interesting to see them flash forward and back into creative backdrops and timelines. This one will probably be cancelled after 3 episodes too. .all the better ones seem to go that route this season. . sadly.

October 25 2011 at 12:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harriette Birnholz K

Whose idea was it anyway to switch The Good Wife to Sunday nights???? No wonder it dipped. There are too many shows on against it!!

October 24 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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