Ratings: Fox’s ‘Last Man on Earth’ Drops From Big Bow; ABC’s ‘Secrets’ Holds Up

Fox’s high-concept comedy “Last Man on Earth” lost a chunk of its impressive premiere-night young-adult audience Sunday but still performed pretty well in its second week, while ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” retained nearly all of its opening score and CBS’ “Battle Creek” dipped from its already low-rated premiere.

As usual, the start of Daylight Saving Time affected the night’s numbers, especially for shows earlier in the evening. According to Nielsen, primetime TV usage among adults 18-49 was down 7% week-to-week, with the 7 o’clock hour seeing a 14% decline and the 8 p.m. hour down 10%.

ABC and Fox ended up tied for last night’s broadcast lead in 18-49 while CBS dominated in total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Last Man on Earth” averaged a 1.8 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers overall in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, down 25% (0.6) in 18-49 from its week-earlier bow but still strong enough to lead among the broadcasters for its timeslot. Skewing a bit older than the animated series preceding it, “Last Man” retained 100% of “Family Guy” in 25-54 while building on it in total viewers.

“Last Man” actually had a stronger lead-in last night with “Family Guy” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), which won its half-hour in 18-49 among the Big Four, though it may have been more compatible with last week’s (lower-rated) “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

In Live+3, “Last Man on Earth’s” premiere episode grew 38% in 18-49 while also generating a big 1.6 million views on Fox Now and Hulu in the first four days.

Earlier for Fox, a repeat “The Simpsons” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) was followed by “Bob’s Burgers” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), which was down 0.3 from last week in its first outing during DST. “The Simpsons” placed second in 18-49 at 8 p.m. (1.6/5 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), down 0.2 from last week, and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) dropped off by a greater amount (0.4).

At ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” returned after two weeks off (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), leading the Big Four in 18-49 at 7 o’clock and matching its prior result from Feb. 15. “Once Upon a Time” was only slightly dinged by the start of DST (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), losing only a tenth from its week-earlier return score and edging out “Family Guy” as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast in young adults.

Secrets & Lies” held up well too (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), down just 0.1 from its OK bow of last week and higher rated than the final seven episodes of “Resurrection” to air in the 9 o’clock hour for the Alphabet. “Revenge” returned at 10 p.m. after a six-week break (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), outperforming its four most recent airings.

CBS had a sluggish night, and it didn’t help that the start of Daylight Saving Time led to softer-than-usual numbers for “60 Minutes” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall), which was down a big 0.6 in 18-49 from last week. The newsmagazine led into season lows for “Madam Secretary” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) and “The Good Wife” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), with the former still standing as Sunday’s most-watched broadcast. “Battle Creek” capped the night (0.8/2 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) down 0.2 from its low-rated premiere.

NBC did little on the night with its encore of “The Voice” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) and a special two-hour edition of “Dateline” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC and Fox, 1.5/5; CBS and Univision, 1.0/3; NBC, 0.8/2; Telemundo, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.3 million; ABC, 6.0 million; NBC, 3.5 million; Fox, 3.3 million; Univision, 2.6 million; Telemundo, 0.8 million.

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