Monday, October 19, 2015

Cablemetrics: The Walking Dead, Fargo, American Horror Story


These numbers are current through Thursday, October 15.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Hard to be too critical of these numbers, but it was the first The Walking Dead season premiere to not set a new series high, averaging 14.63 million viewers and a 7.43 A18-49 rating. Both of these figures were about 15% below last year's premiere. (But of course, they were about 50% ahead of Empire, which is about 100% ahead of any other drama currently on air, so it's all relative...)
  • The critically-beloved Fargo was back on FX with a 0.48 rating, down 40% from last year's opener and just barely avoiding last year's series low (0.46 for the third-to-last episode). It's still not too bad by cable/FX standards (it was 50% above this week's Bastard Executioner, for example), but let's see if it can hold up better post-premiere this year.
  • The week two dramas saw some fairly significant post-premiere drops, but nothing particularly more stark than usual. American Horror Story's -28% to a 2.15 was about equal to its 27% week two drop last year, and Homeland (0.46) actually did a couple hundredths better than last year's second week (though the year-to-year trend got worse for now because last year had a double premiere).
FULL TABLE:

Show Net This Week This Season
Ep# A18-49 Last Seas Avg
y2y
Proj
Proj +
Skew
The Walking Dead AMC1 7.43 n/a6 7.43 -14% 6.40 425 64%
American Horror Story FX2 2.15 -28%5 2.57 -4% 1.82 121 66%
South Park Com4 0.86 +10%19 0.89 -28% 0.78 52 76%
Girl Meets World DISN19 0.77 +28%2 0.54 -11% 0.52 31 30%
The Bastard Executioner FX6 0.32 -20%1 0.53 n/a 0.45 30 47%
Homeland SHO2 0.46 -18%5 0.51 -9% 0.50 33 42%
Fargo FX1 0.48 n/a2 0.48 -40% 0.36 24 38%
Doctor Who BBCA4 0.36 +13%10 0.48 -12% 0.37 24 49%
Awkward MTV7 0.28 -13%5 0.38 -28% 0.37 25 66%
Z Nation Syfy5 0.40 +14%2 0.37 -22% 0.37 25 51%
Switched at Birth ABCF18 0.34 -6%4 0.36 -35% 0.36 22 54%
Young and Hungry ABCF20 0.28 -24%2 0.35 -14% 0.35 21 62%
The League FX6 0.28 +12%7 0.34 -7% 0.28 18 84%
The Leftovers HBO2 0.25 -24%2 0.29 -61% 0.30 20 58%
Faking It MTV17 0.20 +5%2 0.24 -33% 0.25 17 59%
Haven Syfy2 0.19 -5%6 0.20 -17% 0.17 11 34%
Public Morals TNT8 0.13 +18%1 0.17 n/a 0.16 10 22%
The Affair SHO2 0.15 -17%2 0.17 +14% 0.22 14 31%
You're the Worst FX6 0.08 -33%2 0.13 -55% 0.13 9 71%
Fear the Walking Dead AMC


1 3.88 n/a 3.88 231 65%
True Detective HBO


2 1.15 +17% 1.15 68 56%
Rick and Morty ADSM


2 1.00 +57% 1.00 60 64%
The Haves and the Have Nots OWN


2 0.93 +0% 0.93 55 37%
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 42 56%
Suits USA


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


4 0.60 -29% 0.60 36 18%
The Strain FX


2 0.60 -41% 0.60 36 57%
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%
Ray Donovan SHO


3 0.44 -15% 0.44 29 41%
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%
Graceland USA


3 0.29 -39% 0.29 17 43%
UnREAL Life


1 0.27 n/a 0.27 16 49%
SexDrugsRockRoll FX


1 0.26 n/a 0.26 16 54%
Dominion Syfy


2 0.25 -47% 0.25 15 36%
Chasing Life ABCF


2 0.25 -49% 0.25 15 48%
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%
Married FX


2 0.19 -46% 0.19 11 60%
Playing House USA


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


2 0.16 -35% 0.16 10 39%
Masters of Sex SHO


3 0.13 -48% 0.13 9 29%
Kevin from Work ABCF


1 0.13 n/a 0.13 8 53%
Becoming Us ABCF


1 0.11 n/a 0.11 6 46%

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