While AMC’s The Walking Dead wrapped its fourth season last night, there were no premieres or finales on primetime broadcast TV on Sunday, but there sure was a lot of action. For one thing, CBS‘ primetime was pushed back more than 20 minutes on the East Coast and the Central time zone due to overruns from the NCAA Tournament. That slide means the networks’ ratings are all over the court and likely to see greater-than-usual adjustments when final numbers comes in later today. As it stands right now, 60 Minutes (2.5) started off the night at 7:30 PM, with The Amazing Race (2.0) at 8:30 PM and The Mentalist (1.6) at 10:30 PM. A week after the sudden and shocking death of male lead Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, The Good Wife (1.7) faced the fallout. As Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick struggled with the loss of her former lover, the show was up from last week’s 1.5 to match its second-best result among adults 18-49 of the season so far and, with 10.39 million watching, hit its second-best total viewership of the cycle. Of course, expect that to change in final numbers. Preliminary ratings have CBS winning the night with a 2.3/6 rating and 11.729 million watching.
The second week of American Dream Builders (0.8/2) saw the new NBC unscripted series fall 11% from its March 23 debut. The drop from the already disappointing premiere must be making Builders‘ foundation look pretty unsteady to NBC right now. The third week of the network’s new dramas Believe (1.1/3) and Crisis (1.0/3) didn’t bring any good news either. The former slipped 8% from last week for its lowest result yet as it faced The Walking Dead finale at 9 PM, while the latter headed into crisis mode of its own with a sharp 23% drop from last week to a new low.
Oon Fox it was a roller coaster, with Bob’s Burgers (1.0/3) down 17% as the animated series faced off against the college hoops, while American Dad (1.4/4) was the same as its March 23 episode. The Simpsons (1.9/5) was also even with last week, while Family Guy (2.1/6) took a 5% hit. Fox’s one non-animated show was the one to suffer the biggest hit, but it was up against Walking Dead in its time slot: The Seth MacFarlane-produced and Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.5/4) was down 12% from its March 23 episode in the key demo.
On ABC, it was a slightly shaky but ultimately steady night. The third week of the network’s Resurrection (2.3/6) saw the new drama slip 8% from its March 23 episode to hit a new low. Still, it was the top-rated drama of the night. Starting Sunday for ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.2/4) fell 14% from last week. Once Upon A Time (2.1/6) was even with last week’s result, while Revenge (1.4/4) dipped 7% from its March 23 episode.
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