There was a lot of competition from cable last night with the return of AMC‘s Mad Men, Showtime’s Californication and Nurse Jackie and Week 2 of the latest season of Game Of Thrones, plus Silicon Valley and Veep on HBO. However the networks weren’t letting down their game with a slate of originals from everyone. Still, almost everyone was down in adults 18-49 from last week.
Fox started the night with its usual animation block of Bob’s Burgers (0.8/3) and American Dad (1.1/4). The two ‘toons were down 11% and 8%, respectively, from their April 6 airings. They were followed by The Simpsons (1.6/5) and Family Guy (2.1/6), which fell 16% and 9% respectively. However, the latter was the highest-rated show on primetime last night. The biggest blow of the night for Fox was for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.2/3). Up against GoT and more, the sixth episode of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted series took a 20% dive from last week in the key demo. That’s a low for the rebooted science show.
ABC’s freshman Resurrection (2.0/5) suffered a similar fate on a smaller scale. In its fifth week, the drama dipped 9% from its April 6 episode to hit its lowest result so far. In its fourth week, the new drama was down 13% to hit yet another new low. Resurrection’s results were undoubtedly not helped by its lead-ins. America’s Funniest Homes Videos (1.2/4) was down 14% form last week, while Once Upon A Time (1.9/6) stumbled 21% from its April 6 airing to tie a series low. Only 10 PM’s Revenge (1.3/4) escaped the decline with the late-night soap remaining even with last week – that’s still a series low tie but adjustments in the final numbers could change that.
The start of CBS’ primetime was pushed back 12 minutes due to coverage of golf’s Masters and Bubba Watson’s second win in three years. Though the push was relatively small, it still had a domino effect on the network’s lineup and hence rendered all of CBS’ ratings tentative, with larger than usual adjustments expected later today. With that in mind, 60 Minutes (1.8/6) was up 38% from last week while The Amazing Race (1.7/5) was down 15% from its last original in late March, The Good Wife (1.5/4) was down 17% from its last new show two weeks ago, and The Mentalist (1.5/4) was even with its March 30 episode. As preliminary numbers stand, CBS won the night in adults 18-49 (1.7/5) and total viewers with an audience of 9.73 million.
Unlike the other networks, NBC had a little bit of good news with newbie Crisis (1.1/3) rising 10% from last week’s low. American Dream Builders (0.7/2) were both even with their April 6 episodes. The same could not be said of Dateline (0.8/3) – the newsmag dropped 27% from its last original. Look to Augusta and you might see at least one of the reasons for that fall.
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