- Plenty has already been said about the huge debut of Fear the Walking Dead (4.93), which enters this table at well over four times the next biggest show. There are definitely a lot of different ways of looking at this. If it were a The Walking Dead episode, it would be just the forty-seventh biggest episode of that series. But if it were a broadcast drama episode, it would be the ninth-biggest one of those in the last four-plus years! (Trailing only six Empires and two Super Bowl lead-outs.) The bottom line is that it's OK to be a tad underwhelmed by this 4.93 in the context of The Walking Dead's history, but TWD is such an incredible anomaly that it will still be unbelievably enormous in any other context.
- Of the shows that had to face FtWD head-to-head, it was FX's similar-themed The Strain that had the ugliest result, down 33% to a 0.40. It's already renewed, but this is pretty marginal territory, and it'd be nice to see a rebound last night when it overlapped with FtWD for only like a minute or so. Showtime's dramas Ray Donovan (0.43) and Masters of Sex (0.10) were also on the down swing, while HBO's Ballers (0.71) and The Brink (0.36) finales went down a notch. But TNT's The Last Ship (0.70) and Falling Skies (0.47) held up quite well.
- Late August is an uncommon time for premieres, and the other ones this week didn't go quite as well as FtWD. TNT's period drama Public Morals (0.28) held less than half of its lead-in from Rizzoli and Isles (0.63) on premiere night. Unless it can turn things around in subsequent weeks, it will be a downgrade on the already low-rated previous occupant Proof.
- And ABC Family brought back Switched at Birth (0.35) for the second half of season four, just barely edging the series low from March. This is another one of those points that has a pretty reasonable year-to-year decline (-19%), but it grew significantly post-premiere last year so it will have to do it again to stay on that pace. Seems unlikely, but then I said that about Ray Donovan...
- And finally, since we mentioned the low-rated FX comedies last week, it's worth noting that SexDrugsRockRoll (0.40) and Married (0.32) had huge bounce-backs to new season highs this week, riding a big 0.9 movie lead-in. (And if cable movies half similar half-hour breakdowns to broadcast ones, it may have been much higher than 0.9 by the end.) These points won't really matter if they go all the way back to normal next week, but it seems to have at least gotten them some extra sampling.
|Show||Net||This Week||This Season|
|Fear the Walking Dead||AMC||1||4.93||n/a||1||4.93||n/a||4.93||293||62%|
|Rick and Morty||ADSM||5||1.06||+12%||2||1.03||+78%||1.17||69||63%|
|The Haves and the Have Nots||OWN||21||0.98||+13%||2||0.91||-1%||0.91||54||37%|
|The Last Ship||TNT||11||0.70||+1%||2||0.72||-32%||0.72||43||31%|
|Rizzoli and Isles||TNT||11||0.63||-15%||6||0.69||-28%||0.69||41||20%|
|Girl Meets World||DISN||14||0.46||-6%||2||0.51||-15%||0.50||30||29%|
|Young and Hungry||ABCF||12||0.31||-26%||2||0.37||-10%||0.37||22||63%|
|Switched at Birth||ABCF||11||0.35||n/a||4||0.35||-19%||0.45||27||45%|
|Murder in the First||TNT||12||0.28||-15%||2||0.31||-30%||0.31||19||19%|
|Hell on Wheels||AMC||6||0.29||-6%||5||0.31||-21%||0.29||17||22%|
|Kevin from Work||ABCF||4||0.10||-50%||1||0.17||n/a||0.13||8||54%|
|Masters of Sex||SHO||7||0.10||-41%||3||0.14||-49%||0.13||8||29%|
|Pretty Little Liars||ABCF||6||0.89||-7%||0.89||53||56%|
|Melissa and Joey||ABCF||4||0.36||-21%||0.36||22||62%|
|Halt and Catch Fire||AMC||2||0.16||-35%||0.16||10||39%|
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