Update: Considering the likely magnitude of its “The Walking Dead” competition, “Resurrection” did not fare too poorly in the ratings Sunday. It, in fact, again ranked as Sunday’s top scripted series on network television.
This weekend’s episode posted a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating with 8.18 million viewers. Last week’s episode was marginally stronger in adults 18-49 (2.5) but notably stronger in total viewers (9.50 million).
Still a welcome edition to ABC’s Sunday night lineup, new series “Resurrection” continues to lose luster.
The series, which airs in the 9PM hour, slipped by 11% to post a 5.5 overnight household rating this week.
That marks the third consecutive week of declines. After posting a dominant 8.3 for its premiere, “Resurrection” slipped to a 7.0 and then a 6.2 for its second and third respective airings.
Because this week’s number is solid by any broadcast standard–and particularly that of the deflated Sunday night lineup–it cannot be used to condemn “Resurrection.” The show does, however, need to show signs of ratings stability in order to remain a legitimate attraction rather than one that survives by virtue of its competition’s weakness.
Helping the show’s cause is the fact that “The Walking Dead” concluded its fourth season this Sunday. A constant thorn in the show’s side–and never moreso than this weekend, when it aired its season finale–its absence will greatly relax the timeslot’s competitive pressure.
Other ABC ratings for the night: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (3.5), “Once Upon a Time” (4.1), “Revenge” (3.8).