Weekly TV Ratings: ‘Hannibal’ Low But Steady, ‘Rick & Morty’ Stays Strong

     August 21, 2015

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The weekly TV ratings for Saturday, August 15th through Thursday, August 20th are in; here are the highlights:

  • Football preemptions in several markets on Saturday may have led to inflated numbers for Hannibal at 10 p.m on NBC, but we’ll take it. The series notched up to a 0.4 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, and 1.45 million viewers (which isn’t that far off from its numbers over the last few weeks).
  • On Sunday, CBS’s broadcast of the PGA Golf Championship brought in a 1.8 rating and 10.83 million viewers at 7 p.m., and also bumped its other series up slightly thanks to preemptions (the word of the week!) In other live events, the Teen Choice Awards on Fox stayed steady with last year’s 0.8 rating and 2.61 million viewers, while Ed Sheeran — Live at Wembley Stadium garnered a small 0.5 rating and 2.09 million viewers for NBC.
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    On cable, the lack of an anchor series on HBO left the ratings field wide open, and Discovery’s Naked and Afraid XL at 10 p.m. took the lead with a 1.1 rating and 2.8 million viewers. Adult Swim’s Rick & Morty is still performing really well with a 1.0 rating and 1.9 million viewers — the third-most-watched cable series of the night.


  • Back on broadcast, the drama heating up on ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise caused a lift in the ratings by 8 percent to a 1.3 rating and 3.96 million viewers at 8 p.m. The Monday night episode stayed steady with last week’s 1.5 rating and 5.24 million viewers, but the new talk show After Paradise saw a bump of 14 percent to a 0.8 rating and 3.29 million viewers at 9 p.m.
  • Also on Monday, baseball preemptions (!) on the CW led to some pretty largely inflated numbers for Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Line Is it Anyway, and Significant Mother, so I’ll skip those. Elsewhere though, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior won the night at 8 p.m. with a 1.8 rating and 6.65 million viewers, while The Whispers on ABC hit a series low 0.5 rating and 2.52 million viewers.
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    On Tuesday, CBS’s Zoo at 9 p.m. finished with a 1.0 rating and 5.85 million viewers, a significant dip from last week, but not as far of a fall as was initially reported in the preliminary ratings. (Here’s an explanation of preliminary vs final ratings — for the most part, I only cover the preliminary ratings unless otherwise noted).

  • Wednesday night saw Mr. Robinson’s penultimate episode on NBC at 9 p.m. stay steady with a 1.0 rating and 4.18 million viewers, but its season (series?) finale at 9:30 p.m. dropped to a 0.9 rating and 3.37 million viewers (and both episodes lost out in the ratings to reruns of Modern Family and black-ish).
  • Also on the scripted front at 9 p.m., Extant on CBS match last week’s 0.7 rating and 4.58 million viewers.
  • Thursday, Under the Dome on CBS was down to a series low 0.8 rating and 4.19 million viewers at 10 p.m.

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