Once Upon a Time: Season Two Ratings

ABC ratings for Once Upon a TimeLast year, Once Upon a Time got off to a positive start in the ratings but then kept falling each week. It looked like the show would be in danger of being cancelled but the numbers picked up a bit and stopped falling. Will the ratings hold steady this season, rise or sink? It’s not magic but we will have to be patient.

The second season of Once Upon a Time typically airs Sunday nights on ABC. The large cast includes Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Raphael Sbarge, Meghan Ory, Emilie de Ravin, Giancarlo Esposito, Eion Bailey, Anastasia Griffith, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan, Barbara Hershey, Lee Arenberg, David Anders, Jesse Schram, and Tony Perez.

Here are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Once Upon a Time is going to be cancelled or renewed for season three.

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Final season averages: 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.46 million total viewers.

Episode 02-22: Sunday, 05/12/13
2.3 in the demo (+5% change) with 7.33 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 2.72 in the demo with 8.46 million.

UPDATE: ABC has renewed this show for a third season for 2013-14.

Episode 02-21: Sunday, 05/05/13
2.2 in the demo (+10% change) with 7.50 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.74 in the demo with 8.51 million.

Episode 02-20: Sunday, 04/28/13
2.0 in the demo (-5% change) with 7.16 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.77 in the demo with 8.57 million.

Episode 02-19: Sunday, 04/21/13
2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 7.37 million (0% change).
Season averages: 2.81 in the demo with 8.64 million.

Episode 02-18: Sunday, 03/24/13
2.2 in the demo (-4% change) with 7.38 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.85 in the demo with 8.71 million.

Episode 02-17: Sunday, 03/17/13
2.3 in the demo (0% change) with 7.45 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.89 in the demo with 8.79 million.

Episode 02-16: Sunday, 03/10/13
2.3 in the demo (+5% change) with 7.64 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.92 in the demo with 8.87 million.

Episode 02-15: Sunday, 03/03/13
2.2 in the demo (-8% change) with 7.39 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.97 in the demo with 8.95 million.

Episode 02-14: Sunday, 02/17/13
2.4 in the demo (+9% change) with 7.61 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 3.02 in the demo with 9.07 million.

Episode 02-13: Sunday, 02/10/13
2.2 in the demo (-8% change) with 7.08 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 3.07 in the demo with 9.18 million.

Episode 02-12: Sunday, 01/20/13
2.4 in the demo (-14% change) with 7.68 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 3.14 in the demo with 9.35 million.

Episode 02-11: Sunday, 01/13/13
2.8 in the demo (-10% change) with 8.24 million (-10% change).
Season averages: 3.21 in the demo with 9.50 million.

ABC TV show ratingsEpisode 02-10: Sunday, 01/06/13
3.1 in the demo (0% change) with 9.11 million (0% change).
Season averages: 3.25 in the demo with 9.63 million.

Episode 02-09: Sunday, 12/02/12
3.1 in the demo (0% change) with 9.10 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 3.27 in the demo with 9.69 million.

Episode 02-08: Sunday, 11/25/12
3.1 in the demo (+15% change) with 8.82 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 3.29 in the demo with 9.76 million.

Episode 02-07: Sunday, 11/11/12
2.7 in the demo (-23% change) with 8.75 million (-14% change).
Season averages: 3.31 in the demo with 9.90 million.

Episode 02-06: Sunday, 11/04/12
3.5 in the demo (+3% change) with 10.15 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 3.42 in the demo with 10.09 million.

Episode 02-05: Sunday, 10/28/12
3.4 in the demo (+3% change) with 9.85 million (0% change).
Season averages: 3.40 in the demo with 10.08 million.

Episode 02-04: Sunday, 10/21/12
3.3 in the demo (+10% change) with 9.89 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 3.40 in the demo with 10.14 million.

Episode 02-03: Sunday, 10/14/12
3.0 in the demo (-12% change) with 9.45 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 3.43 in the demo with 10.22 million.

Episode 02-02: Sunday, 10/07/12
3.4 in the demo (-13% change) with 9.84 million (-13% change).
Season averages: 3.65 in the demo with 10.60 million.

Episode 02-01: Sunday, 09/30/12
3.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.36 million total viewers.
Season averages: 3.90 in the demo with 11.36 million.

Year-to-year, the season debut of Once Upon a Time was down slightly from the series premiere, by 3% in the demo (vs a 4.0 rating) and down by 12% in viewership (vs 12.93 million). These were the highest numbers since the show’s second episode last October. It was a very strong start.


Reference point: The 2011-12 season averaged a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.92 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you still like the Once Upon a Time TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a third season?

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43 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Anonymous says

    Don’t worry guys!OUAT will be not canceled!In a tweet,Lana Parilla(Regina) says there in a set again on July 11 for filming season 3!I think this week will be have a news for renewed!Ciao!

  2. Mike Hughes says

    Getting tired of shows going off the air once we’re hooked and enjoying them. This show is different and very good.
    Was just in Steveston BC (Storybrooke) and saw that Mr. Gold’s pawnshop is up for lease. AAAAARGH!
    We need at least one more season.

  3. Curzon Dax says

    I will be angry if they cancel OUAT! My wife and I love this show and their is finally a show we can sit and watch with the kids without fear of everything being about sex, drugs and violence. Great show indeed!

  4. Melissa says

    RENEW! Seriously my favorite show and it’s appeals to many people who grew up with these characters. It’s very creative and clever. Please DO NOT cancel!

  5. trie says

    I LOVE this show! I don’t watch anything else. I will boycott ABC forever if they cancel this show. I hate reality TV. OUAT is the best show ever. Thank God for Robert Carlyle!

  6. Evelin says

    I love this show. Yes, it isn’t as good as the first season currently, but it’s still amazing. I also thought breaking the curse so soon was a dramatic move for the show. Often times, stuff like that doesn’t occur in a show until much later.
    Yet I’ve never enjoyed a show as much as I have this one for a while. I’m a Rumbeller, so if this show gets cancelled I will write a very long and very upset letter to whoever runs ABC. They already cancelled ‘Pushing Daisies.’ Are they really going to take another great, imaginative show away when the ratings are doing just fine and there’s a dedicated fan following which I myself am a part of?
    I hope not.

  7. Lisa says

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW! Once Upon a Time is the best! I LOVE watching the show! Please keep the show go on to next season and the next and the next!!

  8. lmorrow says

    I absolutely positively LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL!!!!!! This is the best show ever!

  9. Vonnie Duran says

    This is a great show I Love it, it brings the old favorite fairy tales come alive. Please do to cancel, it has been a long time since Sunday night had great shows. I love Once Upon A Time. I Love the actors, the Jennifer’s are my favorite. Pease keep it oming.

  10. jenkeiko says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!! I can actually watch it with my 8 y/o daughter without having to worry about it being too racy or vulgar. Great character development and the plot line keeps me trying to figure out which threads will be woven together. Please please please don’t cancel!!

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