Primetime Ratings: ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Once’ Return Strong

‘Resurrection,’ ‘Revenge’ premieres down compared to last season
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Fox’s returning animated comedies premiered up versus last season and ABC premiered three returning dramas to mixed results Sunday night.

On Fox, The Simpsons was up 34% from last season’s premiere with a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen overnight numbers. Making its Sunday-night debut, live-action Brooklyn Nine-Nine opened its season to a 2.6 rating, matching its series premiere from last year. Family Guy kicked off its season with a crossover with The Simpsons, earning its best season-premiere rating since 2010 with a 4.5. Fox averaged a football-assisted 4.9 rating and 14 share.

ABC’s Once Upon a Time premiered to its highest rating since Nov. 4, 2012, with a 3.4—up 31% from its premiere last season. Resurrection returned down 39% from its series premiere last March at 2.2. Revenge premiered to a 1.4, down 39% from last season’s premiere. ABC averaged a 2.1/6.

The New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys matchup on NBC’s Sunday Night Football drew a 13.7 metered-market household rating, making NBC the night’s top network.

CBS’ CSI premiered to a series low live-plus-same day rating of 1.4—down 30% from last season’s premiere. Newsmagazine 60 Minutes drew a 1.1, down sharply from last week, when it received a big lead-in from football overruns. The second episode of drama Madam Secretary was down 30% from last week’s premiere at 1.4. The Good Wife was down one tenth of a point from last week’s premiere at 1.3. CBS averaged a 1.3/4.