Either football is hurting everything, or fans of “The Walking Dead” are not interested in watching anything on network television until next week. These are the only two possible explanations that we have at the moment for some of the miserable performances that we have across the board for Sunday night’s lineup, as pretty much everything was off (and in some cases off big) from the season premieres last week.
So who were the biggest victims? Really, the honor / dishonor goes to ABC, as “Once Upon a Time” (3.3 in the 18-49 demographic) and “Revenge” (2.6) were each down a sizable amount from where they were last week. Meanwhile, you may as well consider “666 Park Avenue” dead already. Its 1.6 rating is lower than both “Pan Am” and “GCB’s” second episodes last season, and they were both ultimately canceled due to low numbers at the end of the day. We really thought that the show had some promise, but it is largely being held back by the fact that it simply was not very good.
While Fox lost some viewers across the board thanks to a lack of a football lead-in, the numbers for CBS are probably a little inflated thanks to their own. The good news? “The Amazing Race” is for now still even with a 2.5 rating from last week. As for the bad news, “The Good Wife” (1.7) and “The Mentalist” (1.6) each turned in some of their lowest-rated episodes ever. We do blame some of this on CBS for not really even trying to attract the young viewers advertisers are looking for, but we also blame the NFL for pushing back their afternoon game ten minutes, which prompted CBS to push back their lineup half an hour on days that they had a football doubleheader.
If you want to go back and read our new “666 Park Avenue” review, you can do so over at the link here.