Scrimmaging with CBS’ broadcast of the AFC Championship football game, ABC’s Sunday night dramas got knocked around hard, dropping to new lows.
Once Upon a Time, with 7.7 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, saw declines of 6 and 14 percent week-to-week, hitting an all-time low in the demo.
Likewise, Revenge (5.7 mil/1.7) fell 7 and 15 percent, setting a new series low for a second straight week.
CBS’ numbers are fantastically preliminary “due to the nature of live sporting events” (as the old chestnut goes), but highly guesstimatory algorithms suggest that the Ravens-Patriots game averaged 41.5 million total viewers and a 14.6 rating from 7-10 pm.
Leading out of that, a special Hawaii Five-0 broadcast drew 12.9 million total viewers and a 3.4 rating, CBS reports, landing it 22 and 62 percent above the most recent Mentalist (if anyone wants to compare apples to oranges).