Ratings: “The Sinner” Returns With Series Low Performance

Wednesday’s premiere was the least-watched “The Sinner” yet.

The Sinner | Peter Kramer/USA Network

From a live+same-day standpoint, the second season premiere of USA’s “The Sinner” was the show’s lowest-rated and least-watched episode on record.

According to live+same-day data posted by Showbuzz, Wednesday’s episode drew a 0.31 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 1.15 million overall viewers.

The series low numbers markedly trail the 0.77 adults 18-49 rating and 2.44 million viewer mark posted by the first season finale. They are also comfortably shy of the 0.42 rating and 1.63 million viewer figure drawn by the series premiere.

The premiere’s 0.42 demo figure was the lowest rating posted by a first season episode. The second episode, which drew 1.41 million overall viewers, ranked as the first season’s least-watched broadcast.

As the aforementioned numbers indicate, “The Sinner” grew substantially over the course of its first season. Since more viewers are familiar with the show at this point, season two will likely have trouble achieving similar growth.

Disappointing in comparison to last season’s performance, the numbers are nonetheless solid by conventional cable TV standards. The demo rating, moreover, outperformed the 0.24 posted by the show’s “Suits” lead-in (the veteran legal drama did, however, draw a slightly better 1.16 million viewership figure).

While season two exists in the same universe as the first season (and finds Bill Pullman reprising his role as Detective Harry Ambrose), it features a new story and set of characters.

Written by Brian Cantor

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