NETWORK UPDATE: BELIEVE lost 0.2 in final Sunday numbers, so instead of being up 0.1 from last week, it was actually down to a new low 1.0. The other adjustments were of 0.1, with THE SIMPSONS, ONCE UPON A TIME and REVENGE (but not RESURRECTION) all up, and 60 MINUTES, AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS and DATELINE down.
SATURDAY CABLE: ORPHAN BLACK (BBCA) held at last week’s 0.3, always a good sign after a massively-hyped premiere like ORPHAN had the week before.
SUNDAY CABLE: Another hugely busy night, another gigantic win for GAME OF THRONES, which again broke its own record, this time by 0.2 to 3.7 (so much for the haters), which will probably be higher than anything (except THE BIG BANG THEORY) that airs on network TV this week, even though–sing it along with me–HBO airs in only 1/3 of US households. (The 11:30PM re-airing of GAME added another 0.5.) SILICON VALLEY was steady at 0.8, and VEEP rose 0.1 to 0.5. The latter may have been helped by the 11PM debut of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, also at 0.5 (and with almost 20% more total viewers than VEEP). At Showtime, NURSE JACKIE and CALIFORNICATION stayed at 0.2 (although the latter needed rounding up to get to that number), and YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY remained at a tiny 0.04 with 1 more episode to air. DEVIOUS MAIDS (Lifetime) was locked in at 0.7. The 2d episode of SALEM (WGN America) didn’t hold very well, down 0.2 (40%) from last week to 0.3 now that it’s been sampled. On AMC, MAD MEN was up 0.1 to 0.7, but TURN went in the other direction, down 0.1 to 0.3 and looking very shaky. Back at the top of the list, TNT’s NBA PLAYOFF games were at 2.1/1.5, and REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA (Bravo) stayed at 1.8. Meanwhile, despite all the attention given to the massive amount of original cable airing on Sundays, it’s worth noting that a marathon of SVU reruns on USA airing as early as 5PM and through primetime were all at a robust 0.9.
Resurrection’s skid continued last night.
ABC: With the NBA Playoffs as a lead-in, AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS rose 0.3 from its last original to 1.6. ONCE UPON A TIME was up even more, climbing 0.4 to 2.1. But RESURRECTION fell 0.2 to a new series low 1.9, and REVENGE dropped 0.1 to a new series low 1.2. For Resurrection, that means the show has lost almost half the 18-49 rating it started with less than 2 months ago.
CBS: An up and down night. 60 MINUTES (up 0.3 to 1.4) and THE AMAZING RACE (up 0.2 to 1.9) climbed, then THE GOOD WIFE (with an episode stylishly directed by former star Josh Charles) held even at 1.3, but THE MENTALIST fell 0.2 and tied its series low 1.2.
NBC: Everything was up, although still with extremely low numbers. AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS rose 0.2 to 0.7, DATELINE by 0.3 to 1.1, BELIEVE by 0.1 to 1.2, and CRISIS by 0.1 to 1.0. These lifts are all so low that the preemption in Portland for an NBA Playoff game may erase them when final numbers are released tomorrow.
FOX: The numbers were all over the place. BOB’S BURGERS grew 0.5 to 1.1 (last week it had been the only new show on a night of reruns), then AMERICAN DAD edged up 0.1 to 1.2. THE SIMPSONS fell 0.2 to 1.5, then FAMILY GUY (2.1) and COSMOS (1.4) held even.
Rather oddly, tonight FOX is scheduled to air a rerun BONES as lead-in to the season finale of THE FOLLOWING (the result of the decision to air new Bones episodes on each of the last 2 Mondays of the season). The rest of the network line-ups is new, except for CBS filling in for shows that are already done for the season with reruns of THE BIG BANG THEORY and PERSON OF INTEREST.