|"What happened to our ratings?" Billy Burke asks.|
Also sinking in the ratings is ABC's Once Upon A Time which dropped to a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.8 million total viewers this past Sunday. It didn't even win its usual honors of the top broadcast network scripted show of the evening as a Simpsons episode beat it out, though that one enjoyed a notable boost from the football overrun. ABC's other Sunday night genre show, 666 Park Ave, continues its struggles as it dropped to a new low of a 1.2 rating and less than four million total viewers.
The ratings struggles that the broadcast network entries are experiencing didn't carry over to AMC's The Walking Dead as that show shot up to a 5.6 rating in the 18-49 demo this past Sunday with 10.4 million total viewers. It had looked like its numbers might have been coming back down to Earth after drops over the past couple of weeks, but it returned to highs close to its season opening record-breaker and looks to stay strong for now. That 5.6 rating outpaced everything the broadcast networks aired over the past week with the exception of Sunday Night Football as this show continues to thumb its nose at the more traditional television programming and set all sorts of records.
I will post the early returns for the Wednesday thru Friday genre shows at the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site, so keep an eye on that for those numbers. And you can see the Cancellation Alert status of all the shows currently airing plus the final results from prior seasons at my Cancellation Watch page. And for questions on how the ratings work and my Cancellation Alert statuses, you can see the Cancellation Watch FAQ.
Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers
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