Strong industry buzz and near universal praise from critics did not boost the live turnout for “Unreal,” set behind the scenes of a reality TV dating show. “Unreal” returned at 10 p.m. to an average of 497,000 viewers in Nielsen’s live-same-day ratings, down from about 815,000 in its premiere last year. Another 254,000 viewers watched the 11 p.m. repeat of the episode.
“Unreal’s” dip also followed a lighter showing from its 9 p.m. lead-in, “Devious Maids.” The drama series averaged 1.08 million viewers for its fourth season opener, compared to 1.46 million last year.
TBS’ “Angie Tribeca” returned at 9 p.m. for its second season with back-to-back episodes. The comedy spoof of procedural dramas starring Rashida Jones delivered 660,000 viewers for the first seg and 574,000 for the second. The series premiered in January with a 25-hour marathon that opened to 1.17 million viewers.
Numbers for “Unreal” and “Angie Tribeca” will surely tick up over the next seven days as delayed DVR viewing and streaming sources are factored in. Lifetime notes that “Unreal” logged gains of 80%-89% in live-plus-three ratings and 106% in live-plus-seven.
Last season, “Unreal” averaged 1.25 million viewers in live-plus-7 across its 10 episodes.