Ratings: Fox’s ‘Wayward Pines’ Ends on Strong Note

Ratings: Fox's 'Wayward Pines' Ends Strong
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Fox’s “Wayward Pines” ended its season on a high Thursday, standing as the night’s — and most likely the week’s — top-rated scripted original in the key young-adults demo. Also of note on Thursday was another season high for ABC’s “Rookie Blue,” even while skedmates “The Astronaut Wives Club” and “Mistresses” slid.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox’s “Wayward Pines” averaged a 1.2 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, matching its high in the demo. “Wayward” was already summer’s top-rated scripted program in adults 18-49 with a 1.92 rating in “live+3,” and its finale should also stand as the full week’s No. 1 scripted original in “live plus same-day.” There’s been no word regarding a possible second season of the M. Night Shyamalan drama starring Matt Dillon.

Elsewhere, CBS won Thursday behind “Big Brother” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which was down a little from last week but remained the night’s top show in 18-49. Repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.5/7 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) also won their timeslots, and 10 p.m. drama “Under the Dome” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) edged up from its low of last week and tied for the English-language broadcast lead in its hour among adults 18-49.

At ABC, “The Astronaut Wives Club” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) inexplicably fell 34% week to week (0.95 to 0.63) to its low, tying in the 8 o’clock hour with Fox’s “Boom” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall). It was followed by “Mistresses” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), which also saw a surprising drop, falling 20% from last week’s summer-high score (from 0.86 to 0.69). Given those declines, the latest gain for 10 p.m. drama “Rookie Blue” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) was especially impressive. After kicking off its sixth season with a series low 0.63 rating in 18-49, the Canadian cop drama has built with each week: 0.63, 0.66, 0.70, 0.74 and now a preliminary 0.79.

NBC’s “Food Fighters” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week, and “Dateline” held steady (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), edging ahead of CBS’ “Under the Dome” for the broadcast lead at 10:30 p.m in both 18-49 (1.1/4) and 25-54 (1.6/5).

CW had another low-rated night of originals with “Beauty and the Beast” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and British import comedy “Dates,” which again managed a mere 0.1 in the demo and about 500,000 viewers overall.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.4/6; NBC and Fox, 0.9/4; Univision, 0.8/3; ABC and Telemundo, 0.7/3; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.6 million; NBC, 4.6 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Fox, 3.0 million; Univision, 1.9 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million; CW, 0.8 million.

TV Ratings Thursday, July 24, 2015
18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    5.8 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    The Big Bang Theory-r

    (8:00 CBS)

    7.3 Million Viewers
  3. 3.


    (8:30 CBS)

    5.7 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    Wayward Pines

    (9:00 Fox)

    3.9 Million Viewers
  5. 5.

    Under the Dome

    (10:00 ABC)

    4.6 Million Viewers

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  1. Pamela says:

    I absolutely LOVED Wayward Pines! This is why I don’t watch regular TV shows…they get cancelled or discontinued. There are many unanswered questions with the way the show ended. Would love a second season, but what I’m seeing on other websites lets me know there won’t be one. I agree with a prior post that not everyone watches reality TV. We get enough reality in day to day life. When I watch TV I want to be entertained not insulted. There are folks out there that crave intelligent TV, like Wayward Pines. Hoping for a second season but I won’t hold my breath.

  2. theresa baggetta says:

    It amazes me that they put crap on tv like the Khardashians which in itself is a train wreck and now another reality show about the father becoming a woman! This is what is so wrong with society today. They finally put on some shows for people with I.Q.’s higher than 50 and they want to cancel them. I think the show is great. It always has you thinking and the books are just as good, what a sin it would be to cancel such a good show and instead put these STUPID REALITY SHOWS ON! And then you wonder why you and your kids are the way they are, just like that other stupid show Mobwives. Terrrible television!!!!

  3. Becky says:

    They are frozen and Pilcher will be back. They aren’t in the future, they are in the now. It’s an experiment. To see how we would react to the future.
    I’ll be watching next season. I have to. Phones are still the same. Hospitals are the same.
    Remember the beginning when the other FBI agent wanted Ethan back?
    Control freak Pilcher and all the others will be back!

  4. Jordan says:

    The Wayward Pines series did NOT end on a strong note. It started with so much potential for an interesting story, revealed all the surprises too early on, dragged a boring narrative on for too long (a lame attempt at subversive behavior and the psychology of groups of people) and finished with a “twist” that disregards logical storytelling. And after 4 episodes it was just boring. Good to see FOX is paying Variety enough to try to pass off a crap show as gold. PS posting viewing numbers is not interesting and it’s not journalism.

    • theresa baggetta says:

      To the commenters that didn’t like the show, I am betting that you watch all those stupid reality shows!

    • Rick Kissell says:

      Jordan: Sorry you didn’t like it, but a lot of others did. It grew in the ratings each of its last three weeks and ends up as summer’s top-rated new show.

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