Delayed Viewing: ‘The Affair,’ ‘Shark Tank’ Hit Season Highs in 3-Day Ratings

The Affair Ratings
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ABC's 'Quantico' Again More Than Doubles Same-Day Rating

ABC’s “Quantico” remained a powerhouse in delayed viewing, more than doubling its same-night rating while a couple of other shows — NBC’s “Blacklist” and FX’s “American Horror Story” — grew by more than 90%, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, which include viewing via DVR playback or VOD within a three-day window following its linear telecast. Several shows across broadcast and cable, meanwhile, including ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Showtime’s “The Affair,” CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” and CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” hit season highs.

At Showtime, “The Affair” (pictured) is picking up steam midway through its second season, drawing a season-high 1.44 million viewers in L+3 even while the net’s “Homeland” was on the low side with 2.18 million. This was the third straight week that “The Affair” has hit a season high, and last week marked the first time that it drew more adults 18-34 than “Homeland” (219,000 vs. 215,000).

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” remained top dog on all of television in adults 18-49, with its 8.4 rating in L+3 holding off NBC’ “Sunday Night Football” (8.0), with the Peacock’s primetime pigskin franchise continuing to lead in same-day viewing. The zombie drama was down a bit week to week, but post-show “Talking Dead” was up (2.88 in 18-49, 5.85 million viewers overall), ranking 15th among all primetime programs for the frame.

Other cable notables included FX’s “Fargo” hitting a season high in total viewers (2.79 million) while the net’s “Bastard Executioner” logged its best numbers in three episodes (0.71 in 18-49, 2.14 million). On the other hand, “American Horror Story: Hotel” remains much higher rated (2.83 rating in 18-49, 5.38 million viewers overall) but was down for a fourth straight week since its premiere.

Bravo had its highest-rated Sunday of the year with the season premieres of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (1.75 in 18-49, 3.69 million), “Untying the Knot” (0.75 in 18-49, 1.72 million) and an expanded “Watch What Happens Live” (1.30 in 18-49, 2.82 million). “Housewives” was the top-rated 8 p.m. cable series of the night in most categories.

Syfy’s “Z Nation” hit a four-week demo high (0.54 rating) and a five-week high in total viewers (1.40 million). And TNT’s new Sharon Stone drama “Agent X” had a quiet bow Sunday, averaging a 0.37 in 18-49 and 1.70 million viewers overall for its two hours.

“Quantico” was again a standout on the broadcast side, (2.79 rating in 18-49, 8.14 million viewers overall), rising week to week in L+3 by 9% in the demo, again more than doubling its same-night rating (1.33 to 2.79). This week’s 18-49 lift of 1.46 ratings points was the show’s second largest to date, even if it was lower on a percentage basis (110%) than last week’s 119% growth. It was also up a big 86% in total viewers (to 8.14 million).

Looking at other first-year ABC series, “Dr. Ken” was down a bit to its low but remains solid on Friday (1.61 in 18-49, 6.43 million), “The Muppets” had its second lowest score to date (1.86 in 18-49, 5.57 million), and “Blood & Oil” (1.28 in 18-49, 4.79 million) held at a 1.3 for a fifth straight week. Tuesday drama “Wicked City” tumbled in its second week (1.05, 3.42), and its anemic same-day performance in the current week led to its demise after just three airings.

CBS’ “Limitless” has held up well since the arrival of NBC’s tough “Chicago Fire” in its timeslot, with last weel’s 2.29 rating in line with the prior three weeks (2.29, 2.24, 2.25). In its second week, the net’s “Supergirl” was down 29% in 18-49 rating (2.95 vs. 4.13) and 30% in total viewers (11.26 million vs. 16.12 million but still ranked in the week’s top 20 in both categories. “Code Black” matched its second best demo rating to date (1.75).

For NBC, “Blindspot” (3.7 in 18-49, 12.41 million) was up week to week and was the frame’s No. 2 broadcast drama in the demo, and “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” ended its eight-episode run with a four-week high in 18-49 (1.48) and a five-week high in total viewers (5.36 million). “Heroes Reborn” was up week to week (1.90 in 18-49, 5.37 million), while the same night’s “The Player” fell to a low (1.16 in 18-49, 4.89 million) in one of its final episodes. Also at its low was Friday comedy “Truth Be Told” (0.71 in 18-49, 2.48 million).

Fox’s Tuesday lineup was back after a week off, with “Scream Queens” (1.55 in 18-49, 3.63 million) out-rating its prior two episodes, while “Grandfathered” (1.32 in 18-49, 4.11 million) and “The Grinder” (1.18 in 18-49, 3.34 million) were at their second-lowest numbers to date. “Rosewood” was pretty steady (1.86 in 18-49, 6.10 million), and soon-to-end Monday newbie “Minority Report” hit a three-week high (0.96 in 18-49, 2.46 million).

CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” remains low on Mondays, but it posted its best scores to date last week (0.35 in 18-49, 1.08 million).

Looking at some other shows, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.6) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (3.3) matched their prior episode’s ratings in 18-49, and “Scandal” was up (3.7) despite hitting a season low in same-night numbers (2.25). And the net’s weekend alternative series scored well, with “Shark Tank” hitting season highs Friday (2.28 in 18-49, 8.31 million) — the No. 1 show and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” hitting a season high in total viewers (5.88 million) on Sunday.

The network’s “CMA Awards,” which was down across the board and hit or flirted with some all-time lows, recouped some viewers in 3-day ratings. It saw the event’s largest percentage lifts to date, rising 13% in adults 18-49 (to 4.3 rating, No. 6 among all shows for the week) and 10% in total viewers (to 14.99 million). None of the other major awards shows of the past year saw double-digit increases.

The CBS dramas following “Supergirl” on Monday seem to benefiting from the newcomer’s arrival, as “Scorpion” (2.70 in 18-49, 12.42 million) matched its highest demo rating since its season opener and “NCIS: Los Angeles” hit season highs (1.92 in 18-49, 11.22 million) across the board. “The Amazing Race” hit a season low in 18-49 (1.60) as its Friday numbers likely were impacted by tough reality competition from the premiere of Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” (1.83 in 18-49, 5.33 million), but the same night’s “Blue Bloods” hit five-week highs (1.88 in 18-49, 14.41 million)

“Criminal Minds” fell to season lows (2.43 in 18-49, 10.68 million) opposite the CMAs. And on Sunday, “Madam Secretary” hit four-week highs (1.66 in 18-49, 12.45 million) and “The Good Wife” hit a four-week demo high (1.60), with both shows higher as usual on nights when the network airs the late NFL doubleheader game.

NBC had a good Wednesday, with “The Mysteries of Laura” hitting a five-week high in 18-49 (1.51) and a four-week best in total viewers (8.40 million), while “Law & Order: SVU” had its highest 18-49 score (2.55) since its season premiere. And capping the night, “Chicago PD” rose to a five-week high in 18-49 (2.35, up a season-best 0.92) while setting a season best in total viewers (9.44 million).

Tuesday’s “Chicago Fire” achieved a new season high in total viewers (11.02 million) for a third straight week since its Oct. 13 premiere. And Thursday saw “The Blacklist” hit a four-week demo high (2.64) even as it hit a season low in total viewers (10.53 million); it rose from its same-day demo rating (1.38) by 91%.

At Fox, “Empire” fell to season lows (6.4 in 18-49, 15.44 million) even as it remained broadcast’s No. 2 entertainment series in the demo and No. 4 in total viewers. On Sunday, “Bob’s Burgers” had its best numbers in four airings this fall (1.71 in 18-49, 3.61 million) but “Family Guy” hit season lows (1.81 in 18-49, 3.63 million).

At CW, “The Flash” held steady (2.09 in 18-49, 5.23 million) while “iZombie” scored its highest 18-49 rating (0.86) since the show’s second-season premiere on Oct. 6. “Jane the Virgin” had its second best 18-49 score of the fall (0.70) and its largest overall audience (1.70 million).


(Week of Nov. 2-8, 2015)

Adults 18-49 rating
1.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 8.8
2.  Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia-Dallas (NBC), 8.4
3.  Empire (Fox), 6.4
4.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 5.4
5.  Monday Night Football: Indianapolis-Carolina (ESPN), 4.6
6.  CMA Awards (ABC), 4.3
7.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 3.9
8.  Blindspot (NBC), 3.7
8.  Scandal (ABC), 3.7
8.  College football: LSU-Alabama (CBS), 3.7
11.  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 3.6
12.  How to Get Away With Murder (ABC), 3.3
13.  Thursday Night Football: Cleveland-Cincinnati (NFLN), 3.1
14.  Supergirl (CBS), 3.0
15.  Talking Dead (AMC), 2.88
16.  NCIS (CBS), 2.84
17.  American Horror Story (FX), 2.83
18.  Quantico (ABC), 2.79
19.  60 Minutes (CBS), 2.77
20.  Chicago Fire (NBC), 2.71
20.  Survivor (CBS), 2.71
22.  Scorpion (CBS), 2.70
23.  Blacklist (NBC), 2.64
24.  Law & Order: SVU (NBC), 2.55
25.  Life in Pieces (CBS), 2.45
26.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 2.43
27.  Once Upon a Time (ABC), 2.42
28.  Gotham (Fox), 2.41
29.  Chicago PD (NBC), 2.35
30.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), 2.31
31.  Limitless (CBS), 2.29
32.  Shark Tank (ABC), 2.28
33.  Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC), 2.24
34.  The Voice: Tuesday-r (NBC), 2.20
35.  Dancing With the Stars (ABC), 2.14
36.  The Flash (CW), 2.09
37.  Fresh Off the Boat (ABC), 2.08
38.  Mom (CBS), 1.97
39.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 1.92
40.  Heroes Reborn (NBC), 1.90
41.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 1.88
42.  The Muppets (ABC), 1.86
43.  Rosewood (Fox), 1.86
44.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), 1.85
45.  MasterChef Junior (Fox), 1.83
46.  The Simpsons (Fox), 1.82
47.  Family Guy (Fox), 1.81
48.  Elementary (CBS), 1.80
49.  Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood (VH1), 1.76
50.  Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), 1.75
50.  Code Black (CBS), 1.75

TOTAL VIEWERS (in millions)
1.  Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia-Dallas (NBC), 23.13
2.  NCIS (CBS), 20.64
3.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 18.96
4.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 17.11
5.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), 16.13
6.  60 Minutes (CBS), 16.10
7.  Empire (Fox), 15.44
8.  CMA Awards (ABC), 14.99
9.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 14.41
10.  The Voice: Monday (NBC), 14.05
11.  Dancing With the Stars (ABC), 13.38
12.  Madam Secretary (CBS), 12.45
12.  Monday Night Football: Indianapolis-Carolina (ESPN), 12.45
14.  Scorpion (CBS), 12.42
15.  Blindspot (NBC), 12.41
16.  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 11.46
17.  Hawaii Five-0 (CBS), 11.38
18.  Scandal (ABC), 11.37
19.  Supergirl (CBS), 11.26
20.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 11.22
21.  College football: LSU-Alabama (CBS), 11.12
22.  Chicago Fire (NBC), 11.02
23.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 10.68
24.  The Good Wife (CBS), 10.58
25.  The Blacklist (NBC), 10.53
25.  Survivor (CBS), 10.53
27.  Limitless (CBS), 10.30
28.  How to Get Away With Murder (ABC), 9.74
29.  Chicago PD (NBC), 9.44
30.  Life in Pieces (CBS), 9.22
31.  The Voice: Tuesday-r (NBC), 9.07
32.  Law & Order: SVU (NBC), 9.03
33.  Thursday Night Football: Cleveland-Cincinnati (NFLN), 8.81
34.  Mom (CBS), 8.78
35.  Code Black (CBS), 8.75
36.  Elementary (CBS), 8.68
37.  The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), 8.40
38.  Last Man Standing (ABC), 8.34
39.  Shark Tank (ABC), 8.31
40.  Quantico (ABC), 8.14
41.  CSI: Cyber (CBS), 7.57
42.  Amazing Race (CBS), 7.51
43.  Bones (Fox), 7.07
44.  The Big Bang Theory, 9:30-r (CBS), 7.03
45.  Once Upon a Time (ABC), 6.71
46.  Dr. Ken (ABC), 6.43
47.  Gotham (Fox), 6.30
48.  Rosewood (Fox), 6.10
49.  20/20 (ABC), 5.92
50.  America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC), 5.88

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  1. BrianM5 says:

    I’m really enjoying Supergirl; and not sure why 11 million viewers in its second week is considered a failure. I would think MANY shows would love to have that big of an audience.

  2. Wallace says:

    The show runners were so optimistic about Supergirl. It is not living up to expectations, sadly.

    • Do you have a day job? says:

      Are you on the Supergirl “get on the internet and disprove opinions” payroll?
      Did you do the same kind of work for “Person of Interest?”
      Say whatever you want. Reality will bite you.
      Just wait and see.

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