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

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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