Ratings: E!’s ‘Royals’ Off to OK Start Behind ‘Kardashians’; ‘Dead’ and ‘Saul’ Lift AMC

Boosted by a strong lead-in courtesy of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” E!’s first original scripted series “The Royals” opened to solid-enough numbers last Sunday.

In Nielsen’s Live+3 estimates, which include three days of time-shifted viewing, Sunday’s 10 p.m. premiere of “The Royals” averaged 2.19 million viewers, including 1.04 million adults 18-49 (0.82 rating). In both categories, it stood as the week’s No. 15 original scripted cable telecast.

“Royals” ranks as the calendar year’s No. 2-rated series premiere in key women demos, behind only AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”

E! has aired some acquired scripted programming over the years, including repeats of “Sex and the City” and “Absolutely Fabulous,” but “The Royals” represents its first original scripted program. Created by Mark Schwahn, the hourlong drama centered on a fictional modern-day royal family features a cast that includes Elizabeth Hurley and Vincent Regan as Queen Helena and King Simon.

Airing in the preceding 9 p.m. hour, meanwhile, “Kardashians” kicked off its 10th season with a 1.9 rating in 18-49 (fourth among cable shows for the week) and 3.78 million viewers overall — on par in the demo and up 5% in total viewers from last year.

Sunday’s (and the week’s) No. 2 -rated cable reality program in 18-49 was Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (1.7 rating in 18-49, 3.67 million viewers overall). Later that night, the net’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” hit a season high with its 100th episode, rising 12% week to week in 18-49 rating (to 0.75) and 10% in total viewers (to 1.79 million).

AMC had the week’s top two cable original scripted series with “The Walking Dead” (9.8 rating in 18-49, 18.98 million viewers overall) and “Better Call Saul” (2.6 rating/5.22 million). They were followed in the 18-49 top 10 by History’s “The Vikings” (1.6 rating/4.37 million), A&E’s “Bates Motel” (1.6 rating/3.40 million), BET’s “Being Mary Jane” (1.27 rating/2.58 million), ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” (1.19 rating/2.39 million), FX’s “Archer” (1.13 rating/2.39 million), OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” (1.09 rating/3.51 million), Showtime’s “Shameless” (1.09 rating/2.25 million) and FX’s “Justified” (1.03 rating/3.15 million).

In total viewers, the top shows were “The Walking Dead” (18.98 million), “Better Call Saul” (5.22 million), TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” (5.05 million), “The Vikings” (4.37 million), “The Haves and the Have Nots” (3.51 million), “Bates Motel” (3.40 million), “Justified” (3.15 million), TNT’s “Perception” (2.90 million), USA’s “Dig” (2.64 million) and “Being Mary Jane” (2.58 million).

A&E’s series premiere of “The Returned” was cable’s No. 12 scripted original for the week in 18-49 (0.95 rating) and No. 13 in total viewers (2.36 million).

Among cable networks, AMC was comfortably No. 1 across the board, including adults 18-49 (0.84 rating). It was followed in the demo rankings by ESPN (0.58), TBS (0.55), Adult Swim (0.54) and USA (0.53). Its “Walking Dead” post-show “Talking Dead” finished among television’s top 10 programs for the week in 18-49 (3.55) while drawing 6.98 million viewers overall.

In total viewers, AMC (2.18 million) was followed by Disney Channel (1.82 million), ESPN (1.77 million), USA (1.73 million) and TBS (1.69 million).

In Live+3 numbers on the broadcast side, Fox’s “Empire” (7.8 rating in 18-49, 19.25 million viewers overall) dipped 3% from its demo high of the previous week (8.0) but held a nearly 2-point advantage over CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (5.9 in 18-49, 19.97 million). These were also the week’s most-watched scripted originals overall, with “Big Bang” in the lead but the Fox newcomer close behind thanks to a 1% week-to-week build (19.25 million vs. 19.01 million).

At ABC, Sunday newbie “Secrets & Lies” (2.1 rating in 18-49, 7.48 million viewers overall) was up a tick in the demo from the previous week and matched its series-premiere score on March 1. It ranked third in its timeslot, behind AMC’s “Walking Dead” and Fox’s comedies (“Family Guy” and “Last Man on Earth”).

“Last Man on Earth” (2.6 rating in 18-49, 5.86 million viewers overall) was down 13% from the previous week (3.0) and 21% below its strong March 1 premiere (3.3). Another show bowing on the month’s opening night, CBS’ “Battle Creek” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 8.70 million viewers overall), was up a tenth from the previous week and down 19% from its premiere (1.6).

In its second week, CBS’ “CSI: Cyber” (2.5 rating in 18-49, 12.37 million viewers overall) retained 96% of its premiere demo rating (2.6). It ranked No. 1 among Wednesday 10 p.m. programs in 18-49.

 

WEEK’S TOP PRIMETIME PROGRAMS
(Live plus-3)

Adults 18-49 (rating)
1.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 9.8
2.  Empire (Fox), 7.8
3.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 5.9
4.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 4.5
5.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 4.4
6.  Scandal (ABC), 3.9
7.  Talking Dead (AMC), 3.6
8.  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 3.3
9.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 3.2
10.  The Bachelor: After the Final Rose (ABC), 3.1
10.  The Bachelor finale (ABC), 3.1
10.  The Blacklist (NBC), 3.1
13.  NCIS (CBS), 3.0
14.  Chicago Fire (NBC), 2.9
14.  The Odd Couple (CBS), 2.9
14.  Scorpion (CBS), 2.9
14.  Survivor (CBS), 2.9
14.  Mom (CBS), 2.9
19.  American Idol-Wednesday (Fox), 2.7
19.  2 Broke Girls (CBS), 2.7
21.  Better Call Saul (AMC), 2.6
21.  Once Upon a Time (ABC), 2.6
21.  Last Man on Earth (Fox), 2.6
24.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 2.5
24.  CSI: Cyber (CBS), 2.5
24.  Mike & Molly (CBS), 2.5
24.  Family Guy (Fox), 2.5

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 19.97
2.  Empire (Fox), 19.25
3.  NCIS (CBS), 19.10
4.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 18.98
5.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 15.87
6.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 15.23
7.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), 14.82
8.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 14.32
9.  Scorpion (CBS), 13.53
10.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 13.38
11.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 13.22
12.  Madam Secretary (CBS), 12.90
13.  CSI: Cyber (CBS), 12.37
14.  The Blacklist (NBC), 11.88
15.  Hawaii Five-0 (CBS), 11.83
16.  60 Minutes (CBS), 11.88
17.  The Odd Couple (CBS), 11.58
18.  Scandal (ABC), 11.35
19.  Chicago Fire (NBC), 11.22
20.  Person of Interest (CBS), 11.04
21.  Survivor (CBS), 10.98
22.  American Idol-Wednesday (Fox), 10.92
23.  Elementary (CBS), 10.90
24.  Mom (CBS), 10.83
25.  The Bachelor: After the Final Rose (ABC), 10.72

Persons 12-34 (rating)
1.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 9.0
2.  Empire (Fox), 7.1
3.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 3.9
4.  Scandal (ABC), 3.3
5.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 3.0
5.  The Bachelor (ABC), 3.0
7.  The Bachelor: After the Final Rose (ABC), 2.9
7.  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 2.9
9.  Talking Dead (AMC), 2.8
10.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 2.7 

Each 18-49 point represents roughly 1.268 million viewers. Each 12-34 point represents roughly 924,700 viewers.

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