/// Resurrection Falls Back to Earth

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week

After a splashy debut in which it more than doubled its time slot predecessor’s average deliveries, ABC’s Resurrection has fallen back to earth. According to Nielsen fast national data, the fourth episode of Resurrection last night averaged 8.18 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, marking an 8 percent decline from the previous week’s preliminary draw. Strikingly, when compared to the 3.8 final live-plus-same-day rating notched by the March 9 premiere, last night’s installment was down 40 percent in the dollar demo. Although the show’s decline is of some concern for ABC, Resurrection still handily defeated its 9 p.m. competition, outgunning Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.5) and NBC’s Believe (1.1). An NCAA Elite Eight overrun delayed CBS’ The Good Wife by 20 minutes; if the ratings hold (1.7), the pivotal episode will have tied for the second highest-rated episode of Season 5. While the ratings for the lip-smacking season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead won’t be tallied until later this afternoon, it’s all but certain that the zombie apocalypse drama will have beaten the Big Four broadcast networks’ combined demo score. UPDATE: It did. And how. Through the first 15 episodes of Season 3, The Walking Dead remains the top-rated scripted series on television, averaging a staggering 6.7 in the demo; by comparison, the No. 2 show, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory , is drawing a 5.2 through 18 episodes. Over at NBC, the network’s first stab at launching a Sunday night drama franchise since March 2009 is faltering. Ratings for Believe have plummeted 59 percent from its special Monday night preview on March 10, while dropping 27 percent versus its time-slot debut (1.5). Meanwhile, the 10 p.m.

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