Ratings: ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Quantico’ premieres fall big; ‘Son of Zorn’ returns down; ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ up


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To say that Sunday night’s ratings lineup was a bit of a hodgepodge would be making a rather gross understatement, given that there was a small spattering of good news here and there — but it was surrounded by a number of headlines networks would rather not see.

The good news – While it may be subject to NFL-related delays, as of right now “NCIS: Los Angeles” averaged a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its two-hour premiere. That is a very solid start to the season, especially in a timeslot that didn’t get great numbers for some of last year.

Also, over on Fox “Bob’s Burgers” (1.3) and “The Simpsons” (1.6) also posted some modest gains versus recent premieres.

The bad news – A lot of it is for ABC. “Once Upon a Time” started off with just a 1.2, a drop of 33% versus the previous premiere. Meanwhile, “Quantico” and “Secrets and Lies” each mustered only a 1.0, pretty poor ratings for a fall premiere — though to be fair, the network completely botched “Secrets and Lies” by keeping it off the air for so long. “Quantico” remains heavily promoted, but we’re not sure it is doing much to justify that right now.

In going back again to Fox, “Son of Zorn” plummeted down to a 1.2 rating in its second airing, proof that its NFL lead-in was a huge component to its success on the air.


Tonight, expect some odd ratings given the Presidential Debate will largely overshadow almost everything that is coming on the air. The best thing many networks can hope for is at least some solid attention for their 8:00 p.m. shows.

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