Last season, the Live + same day ratings for Once Upon a Time dropped more 30% on ABC. Can the series recover? It’s tough to attract new viewers when a show like this one has so many characters and such a complex back story. Could this fantasy drama be cancelled or will it be renewed for a seventh season? Stay tuned.
Once Upon a Time follows the continuing adventures of fairytale characters whose tales unfold between their storybook world and Storybrooke, a small town in Maine. This season, the good guys will have to contend with inhabitants from the Land of Untold Stories and the return of the Evil Queen. The large cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared S. Gilmore, Rebecca Mader, and Robert Carlyle. Expected to recur are Beverley Elliott, Raphael Sbarge, David Anders, Jessy Schram, Tim Phillipps, Ingrid Torrance, Peter Marcin, Hank Harris, Sam Witwer, Tzi Ma, Gabrielle Rose, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Agnes Bruckner.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Last year comparison: The fifth season of Once Upon a Time averaged a 1.37 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.40 million total viewers.
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings. 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 seventh season?