ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ Loses Steam, Still Beats Rival Nets; NBC’s ‘Dream Builders’ Weak

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It remained Sunday’s top broadcast drama, but ABC rookie “Resurrection” came back to earth on Sunday, falling off in tandem with lead-in “Once Upon a Time.” NBC saw dropoffs too for its new dramas, “Believe” and “Crisis,” while the network’s alternative series “American Dream Builders” opened meekly.

CBS won the night, boosted by a college basketball runover and what appear to be improved numbers for “The Good Wife.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s lineup was down across the board starting with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), off 13% (0.2), and “Once Upon a Time” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), which was off either 10% or 13% depending on where it finishes in the nationals; “Once” was still its hour’s top scripted program.

“Resurrection” followed at 9 p.m. (2.5/6 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), falling off by either 17% or 19% depending on where it lands in the nationals. While still a good score — and the top scripted program on the Big Four in demos on Sunday — this decline after an 18% falloff from week one to two reduces the show’s early status from perhaps “breakout hit” to “solid and still promising.” Among the positive signs is that it continues to build meaningfully on its “Once” lead-in and significantly outperform “Revenge” in the hour a year ago (by nearly 40% this week).

Based on Nielsen’s Live+7 estimates released today, the March 9 premiere of “Resurrection” added 1.5 ratings points in adults 18-49 (5.3 from 3.8) and 4.1 million total viewers (18 million from 13.9 million).

Closing out the night for ABC, “Revenge” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) saw the smallest declines of the net’s Sunday shows, off a tick from last week and leading its time period among the broadcast networks in adults 18-49. It was up about 20% over last year’s disappointing “Red Widow.”

Numbers for CBS are subject to revision due to a college basketball game airing until about 7:41 p.m. ET, which slid all programming on the night. The end of the North Carolina-Iowa State game dominated Sunday’s opening hour, and was followed by “60 Minutes” (roughly 2.6/8 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall), “The Amazing Race” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.), “The Good Wife” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall). “Good Wife,” which created a Twitter stir by killing off a key character, looks to be up two tenths from the previous week for the show’s best numbers in its three airings since Jan. 12.

In its third week, Fox’s science series “Cosmos” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) was down 15% after retaining nearly all of its premiere audience last week. Earlier in the evening, the net’s “Bob’s Burgers” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), “American Dad” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), “The Simpsons” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) were all within a tenth (higher or lower) of the previous week. Most notable was an uptick for “Bob’s Burgers” despite facing high-rated basketball action.

NBC followed a special repeat of “The Voice” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) with the series premiere of Nate Berkus unscripted series “American Dream Builders” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), which ran fourth among the Big Four across the board; like the similarly themed “Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” which ended its ABC run in the same timeslot a few years ago, it grew with its reveal in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour.

From 9 to 11 p.m., “Believe” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) and “Crisis” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) were both down three tenths from last week — though each managed to improve upon its lead-in and then built in most categories in their second half-hour.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.1/6; ABC, 1.9/5; NBC, 4.3 million; Fox, 3.7 million; Univision, 0.8/2; Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.3 million; ABC, 7.1 million; NBC, 4.3 million; Fox, 3.7 million; Univision, 2.2 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.

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  1. Cathy G says:

    I love this new show, Resurrection !

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