- FX had a busy week of premieres, starting with Sunday's return of last year's freshman success The Strain. Its 0.78 was a new series low and 34% below last year's series premiere. But it's a cable world in which drops of that magnitude are pretty common, so it could very well still be in the upper echelon of cable dramas.
- On Thursday, FX rolled out its newest comedy duo, the newbie Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (0.35) and Married (0.26). This was over 40% behind last year's debuts of Married (0.65) and You're the Worst (0.44), putting Married itself down a ridiculous 60% year-to-year. The only silver lining is that the 0.65 was miles ahead of everything else later in the season, so the opportunity is there for better comparisons in the coming weeks.
- It's hard for -14% year-to-year to be considered disappointing in today's landscape, but you could certainly say that about the Ray Donovan premiere (0.32). The 0.37 premiere last summer ended up being the season low, and it had major heat over the course of the season (all the way to double that, a 0.74, for the finale). So just getting back to 0.32 isn't great, and repeating last season's trajectory will be difficult.
- Despite the growing lead-in, acclaimed Masters of Sex didn't have that kind of heat last summer. That meant a similarly disheartening drop from last season's finale only added up to 0.13, down a massive 60% from last summer's premiere.
- Some day, there will come a "What Matters" that doesn't mention Humans and Mr. Robot. Today is not that day, as the shows continue to do particularly interesting things each week.
- After a 40% week two drop to 0.32, the rookie AMC drama Humans actually got the majority of the decline back in week three (0.44), making it more plausible the show could be a decent win for AMC.
- And after week two and week three growth, USA's Mr. Robot (0.43) plunged by 0.16 points, putting it behind even the premiere number.
- Additions/changes to the table this week: Plus is out. Once we get into the fall, the projected Plus will be much better anyway, since the other one would use the inflated early fall league average.
- In its place are "Ep" and "Seas," identifying the season number as well as this week's episode number. The episode number is particularly helpful for sorting out the week's premieres, while the season number allows for any easy comparison within the rookie class. These numbers generate from a formula and may get disrupted by split seasons, so let me know if you spot errors.
- Also added a few more shows in the middle of their seasons to the fray: The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN), Power (Starz), Girl Meets World (Disney), ABC Family comedies Bady Daddy and Melissa and Joey, and cheap Syfy dramas Dark Matter (Syfy) and Killjoys (Syfy).
|Show||Net||This Week||This Season|
|The Haves and the Have Nots||OWN||3||1.01||+25%||3||0.92||+6%||0.98||58||38%|
|Pretty Little Liars||ABCF||6||0.84||+5%||6||0.86||-14%||0.82||48||57%|
|The Last Ship||TNT||5||0.69||+3%||2||0.72||-34%||0.70||42||31%|
|Rizzoli and Isles||TNT||5||0.68||-11%||6||0.71||-29%||0.68||41||21%|
|Girl Meets World||DISN||9||0.48||-4%||2||0.51||-21%||0.46||28||30%|
|Melissa and Joey||ABCF||17||0.33||+3%||6||0.37||-21%||0.37||22||64%|
|Murder in the First||TNT||6||0.33||+43%||2||0.30||-33%||0.30||18||18%|
|Halt and Catch Fire||AMC||7||0.17||+0%||2||0.17||-37%||0.16||9||41%|
|Masters of Sex||SHO||1||0.13||n/a||3||0.13||-60%||0.10||6||28%|
The Cablemetrics table can be sorted by clicking any of the categories at the top (and a second click will sort in the other direction.) After having sorted by a category, you can hold SHIFT and click another category to sort by the second category within the first.
These numbers are current through Thursday, July 16.