By premiering in modest territory, ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” did not afford itself much wiggle room. Anything bigger than a slight decline would transform the series from a contextually passable performer into an endangered one.
Where that threshold exists is not precisely clear to anyone but ABC executives, but “Secrets and Lies” can at least celebrate the fact that it has thus far avoided anything approximating a major decline.
After posting a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating for its two-hour premiere, “Secrets” drew a 1.4 in its seocnd week. This week, it again suffered a minimal decline and posted a 1.3 rating.
Viewership, which was also down slightly from last week’s mark, clocked in at 5.34 million.
Far from a spectacular performance, it did allow ABC to claim second among the major broadcasts in the 9-10PM hour. It also represents an improvement over what previous occupant “Resurrection” drew for a solid chunk of its second season.
Adults 18-49 retention out of “Once Upon a Time,” meanwhile, improved this week. Last week’s “Secrets” held onto 67% of its lead-in; this week’s retained 72% (out of “Once,” which drew a 1.8 with 5.83 million viewers).
ABC’s other Sunday programs: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.3 adults 18-49 rating, 6.00 million) and “Revenge” (1.1, 4.83 million).