Monday, September 21, 2015

Cablemetrics: The Bastard Executioner, Z Nation, South Park, Fear the Walking Dead


These numbers are current through Thursday, September 17.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • FX kicked off its fall season with The Bastard Executioner (0.83), a new medieval drama from the creator of Sons of Anarchy. 0.83 is not a huge number, but FX has undoubtedly done worse in the recent past with the likes of Tyrant (0.61) and Fargo (0.80). And those comparisons look even better when you account for how rapidly cable same-day ratings are declining. We'll see how it holds, but it's at least started off in upper-echelon territory.
  • Syfy brought back its Friday zombie drama Z Nation (0.40) for season two, down 27% from the year-ago series premiere when it was leading out of the WWE. This is actually a noticeable improvement on everything the Defiance/Killjoys/Dark Matter Friday trio did for Syfy this summer, so this seems to be at the top of the Syfy scripted heap for now.
  • Comedy Central's long-running cartoon South Park (1.04) was back at an elite number by cable standards, but down a somewhat steep 28% from last year. It will hope that it can trend better post-premiere since it was up against the huge debate on Wednesday.
  • AMC's Fear the Walking Dead (3.62) took a 12% hit in week three, which I think AMC will find reasonably acceptable given the double-whammy of: 1) a preemption last week due to Labor Day weekend; and 2) the arrival of NFL competition. It's now looking pretty clear that this isn't going to be another The Walking Dead; this would be the lowest TWD rating since late season two. But the gulf between TWD and everything else is so wide that it's still at runaway megahit levels! 
  • This week, FXX's The League (0.27) became the latest comedy to take a massive week two drop following a surprisingly healthy season premiere. Steve Rannazzisi effect? Anyway, that made You're the Worst (0.15) look at least a little more palatable by comparison, as it shed just a hundredth in week two.
FULL TABLE:

Show Net This Week This Season
Ep# A18-49 Last Seas Avg
y2y
Proj
Proj +
Skew
Fear the Walking Dead AMC3 3.62 -12%1 4.22 n/a 3.92 233 63%
South Park COM1 1.04 n/a19 1.04 -28% 0.78 46 75%
Rick and Morty ADSM7 1.00 -1%2 1.02 +63% 1.08 64 64%
The Haves and the Have Nots OWN24 0.79 -20%2 0.91 -2% 0.91 54 37%
The Bastard Executioner FX2 0.83 n/a1 0.83 n/a 0.83 49 50%
The Strain FX10 0.56 +12%2 0.60 -41% 0.60 35 56%
Girl Meets World DISN15 0.43 -7%2 0.51 -15% 0.50 30 29%
Awkward MTV3 0.37 +23%5 0.46 -22% 0.40 24 65%
Ray Donovan SHO10 0.45 +7%3 0.44 -11% 0.46 28 41%
Z Nation Syfy1 0.40 n/a2 0.40 -27% 0.35 21 54%
Switched at Birth ABCF14 0.47 +12%4 0.40 -29% 0.39 23 53%
The League FX2 0.27 -45%7 0.38 -1% 0.29 17 88%
Young and Hungry ABCF15 0.28 -32%2 0.36 -10% 0.36 22 64%
Faking It MTV13 0.18 -10%2 0.29 -28% 0.27 16 56%
Graceland USA13 0.33 +50%3 0.29 -39% 0.29 17 43%
Chasing Life ABCF11 0.28 +33%2 0.26 -47% 0.26 16 48%
SexDrugsRockRoll FX10 0.19 +12%1 0.26 n/a 0.26 16 54%
Dominion Syfy11 0.16 -43%2 0.25 -46% 0.25 15 36%
Public Morals TNT4 0.15 -32%1 0.23 n/a 0.18 11 21%
Married FX10 0.16 +23%2 0.20 -44% 0.20 12 60%
You're the Worst FX2 0.15 -6%2 0.16 -58% 0.13 7 69%
Kevin from Work ABCF7 0.09 -25%1 0.15 n/a 0.14 8 53%
Masters of Sex SHO10 0.12 -8%3 0.13 -48% 0.13 8 28%
True Detective HBO


2 1.15 +17% 1.15 68 56%
Pretty Little Liars ABCF


6 0.89 -7% 0.89 53 56%
Ballers HBO


1 0.84 n/a 0.84 50 63%
The Last Ship TNT


2 0.72 -32% 0.72 43 31%
Rizzoli and Isles TNT


6 0.70 -27% 0.70 42 21%
The Game BET


9 0.63 -24% 0.63 37 56%
Suits USA


5 0.61 -21% 0.61 36 35%
Major Crimes TNT


4 0.60 -29% 0.60 36 18%
Power STRZ


2 0.57 +78% 0.57 34 57%
Teen Wolf MTV


5 0.50 -30% 0.50 30 54%
Falling Skies TNT


5 0.49 -35% 0.49 29 31%
The Fosters ABCF


3 0.48 -18% 0.48 29 51%
Mr. Robot USA


1 0.48 n/a 0.48 28 44%
Devious Maids Life


3 0.46 -24% 0.46 28 44%
The Brink HBO


1 0.46 n/a 0.46 27 54%
Clipped TBS


1 0.45 n/a 0.45 26 46%
Humans AMC


1 0.39 n/a 0.39 23 42%
Tyrant FX


2 0.37 -31% 0.37 22 40%
Baby Daddy ABCF


4 0.37 -14% 0.37 22 61%
Melissa and Joey ABCF


4 0.36 -21% 0.36 22 62%
Complications USA


1 0.35 n/a 0.35 21 31%
Royal Pains USA


7 0.35 -35% 0.35 21 31%
Stitchers ABCF


1 0.34 n/a 0.34 20 51%
Scream MTV


1 0.34 n/a 0.34 20 57%
Murder in the First TNT


2 0.31 -30% 0.31 19 19%
Proof TNT


1 0.31 n/a 0.31 19 19%
Hell on Wheels AMC


5 0.30 -22% 0.30 18 21%
UnREAL Life


1 0.27 n/a 0.27 16 49%
Defiance Syfy


3 0.25 -46% 0.25 15 28%
Dark Matter Syfy


1 0.24 n/a 0.24 14 30%
Killjoys Syfy


1 0.23 n/a 0.23 14 31%
Playing House USA


2 0.18 -56% 0.18 11 54%
Halt and Catch Fire AMC


2 0.16 -35% 0.16 10 39%
Becoming Us ABCF


1 0.11 n/a 0.11 6 46%

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