Ratings: Fox’s ‘Last Man on Earth,’ ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies’ Rise in Fourth Week

A pair of shows that bowed at the start of the month, Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth” and ABC’s “Secrets and Lies,” were on the rise Sunday night and continue to produce solid results despite the onset of Daylight Saving Time and tough competition from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

“Last Man on Earth,” which had a strong premiere March 1, has come down since but turned things back around last night when it built on its repeat “Family Guy” lead-in and was up week to week. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, it averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers overall for its hourlong episode — up a tick from last week’s score and standing as the top broadcast series in its time period in 18-49. (It’s also looking likely to round up to a 1.8 in the nationals.)

In last week’s Live+3, “Last Man on Earth” grew 1 full ratings point in 18-49 (1.6 to 2.6).

Earlier for Fox, a repeat of “The Simpsons” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) was followed by an original “Bob’s Burgers” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s score, and an hourlong repeat of “Family Guy” at a special time of 8 o’clock (1.3/4 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall).

In other Fox ratings news, last Wednesday’s season finale of “Empire” (9 p.m. episode) rose to an 8.8 rating in 18-49 and 21.9 million total viewers in Live+3. This is the top demo score for the first-season finale of any series since ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2005 (9.8).

At ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) was up a tick kicking off the night, and “Once Upon a Time” was steady and won its timeslot in 18-49 (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall).

In its fourth week, the Ryan Phillippe mystery miniseries “Secrets & Lies” was up a tenth in 18-49 (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), matching its previous high of 1.5 for its original. While that premiere score was nothing special, the show looks stronger now that it has held that number through week four. Last week’s “Secrets” grew 0.7 in 18-49 in Live+3 (1.4 to 2.1).

“Revenge” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) was steady at 10 p.m. for ABC.

CBS was Sunday’s No. 1 broadcaster in key demos thanks to a roughly 35-minute overrun from college basketball. The net opted to slide its lineup from there in most of the country, with “60 Minutes” averaging roughly a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers overall from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by “Madam Secretary” at 8:30 (1.3/4 in 18-49, million viewers overall), up a bit from last week and the night’s most-watched scripted broadcast series.

“The Good Wife” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) looks like it held steady from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., as did “Battle Creek” at 10:30 (0.8/2 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall for that half-hour). “Battle Creek” has been a modest performer since its March 1 premiere but it has remained consistent and also has built a DVR following; last week’s episode grew nearly half a ratings point, or 55%, in Live+3 (0.86 to 1.33).

NBC’s two-hour “Dateline” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) had its best showing since it moved to its temporary 9-11 p.m. time period, rising 33% (0.3) from last week and ranking No. 1 among the broadcasters for the 10 o’clock hour in 18-49 (1.3/4) and 25-54 (1.8/5). It was preceded by a special repeat of “The Voice” from 7 to 9 p.m. (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall). The Peacock’s new dramas “A.D. The Bible Continues” and “American Odyssey” bow April 5.

Preliminary 18-49 broadcast averages for the night: CBS, 1.5/5; ABC, 1.4/4; Fox, 1.3/4; NBC, 1.0/3; Univision, 0.8/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.0 million; ABC, 5.5 million; NBC, 4.4 million; Fox, 3.3 million; Univision, 2.1 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.

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