Ratings: ‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ Drops Off, But Still Tops Demos

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On a sluggish Sunday night for the Big Four, NBC’s “A.D. The Bible Continues” stood as the night’s top broadcast show in the demos despite losing about one fourth of its premiere-night audience, while the net’s “American Odyssey” slid as well. CBS won the night thanks to the conclusion of golf’s The Masters.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “A.D. The Bible Continues” averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall — down 26% in the demo from last week’s Easter night premiere (2.3) and likely impacted by the return of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Its History miniseries predecessor “The Bible” also dropped off in its second part, but that remained its lowest night.

Despite the declines, “A.D. The Bible Continues” was Sunday’s top broadcast entertainment series in 18-49 and was 55% higher in the demo and 65% higher in total viewers than the net’s average in the 9 o’clock hour in the month before its premiere. “A.D.” built on its lead-in, a repeat of last week’s premiere, by 89% in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 0.9). Closing the night for NBC, “American Odyssey” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) was down 27% (0.3) from its debut but was competitive with the other networks on what was a lightly watched hour on the broadcasters.

At CBS, golf ran over into primetime so it’s hard to get a read on the network’s program averages since each started 16 minutes late in much of the country. Looking at the full half-hours for each, “60 Minutes” did a 1.7/6 in 18-49 and 12.1 million viewers overall from 7:30 to 8, followed by “Madam Secretary” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall at 8:30 p.m.), “The Good Wife” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall at 9:30 p.m.) and “Battle Creek” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall).

The Masters, which saw Jordan Spieth win the coveted Green Jacket in record-tying fashion, earned a 9.6 household rating/20 share in Nielsen’s metered markets — up 23% from last year’s 7.8/17. The final round peaked from 6:30-7 p.m. ET with an 11.5/22.

At ABC — which preempted its lineup last week for “The Ten Commandments” — “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) was down sharply from its last original and that likely contributed to a series-tying low for “Once Upon a Time” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), which was down a tenth. The fairy tale-themed drama was a close second to “A.D. The Bible Continues” as Sunday’s top scripted broadcast in 18-49.

The first break can be tough for rookie series to bounce back from, but ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) was able to match its most recent episode of two weeks ago. And at 10 p.m., “Revenge” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) was down a tick from its last airing.

At Fox, a repeat “The Simpsons” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) led into a below-average “Family Guy” at a special 8:30 p.m. time (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall. And the net closed with another all-original hour of first-year comedy “The Last Man on Earth” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), which matched its prior performance.

Univision was the No. 1 broadcast network in 18-49 during the 10 o’clock hour with its finale of “Nuestra Belleza Latina” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.2/4; Univision, 1.1/3; NBC and Fox, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.2 million; NBC, 5.0 million; ABC, 4.8 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Fox, 2.5 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million.

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  1. Margie says:

    This was the best show on TV.. This is what we need. I loved the truth and the passion!!!

  2. Jean kase says:

    Weeks and weeks and still they can’t or won’t accurately represent what the scriptures say. The disciples were specifically taught by Jesus NOT to be repetitive in their prayers yet they are seen chanting in the upper room and at least a hundred of them were shown missing. Part of Roma Downings Catholic upbringing I guess oh and Peter was certainly NOT the head of the early Christians or the “rock” that Jesus referred to. I could go on and on but it will still make a boatload of money. The mis teachings will have to be corrected by true Christians

    • Mary Lou Reed says:

      Who is a true Christian? I always thought it was one who believes that Jesus was the son of God who came down from heaven and died for us. Accusing other Christians of not believing the way they do is sinful in of itself and hateful. Please don’t.

  3. Peter was naked in the boat when Jesus showed up.The devil in him gave him guilt. That is why he jumped into the water when Jesus showed up. I bet the movies never show that. The devil is in them giving them guilt. How accurate or complete can biblical movies be with the devil at the helm? Jesus in his word is throughout the bible not just in the period of time when he walked upon the earth.

    • ilya says:

      Oh i am very sorry but i didnt know you knew exactly what people wore in those days. I guess the bible is also mistaken for saying “OUTER” garment and not just garment. Sorry didn’t expect you to be so wise. Have a good day.

    • ilya says:

      First of all you need to study the bible more, you just read the surface. It says that he put his outer garment on which means he had an inner garment, he could have been wearing some form of under garment aka underwear. So yeah i know my bible and you have to dig deeper to find the meaning of the words.

      • The Devil sees the nude form as evil. God made it. Satan made him guilty. It says, for he was naked. How clear is that? Underwear did not exist in the days of Christ. Nude to God is not naughty.1611 King James Version of Proverbs 6:12.
        A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. King James Bible “Authorized Version”, Cambridge Edition.
        John 21: 7: 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

    • ilya says:

      WHAT? What bible are you reading? Peter naked in the boat with other apostles? I think you were reading fifty shades of grey instead!

      • I blow peoples minds all the time. They don’t even know their own book. KJV Cambridge edition bible.

      • There is an infinity of things religions keep from people that are in their own book. King James Bible John 21:7 – Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

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