TV ratings: ‘Resurrection’ down vs. ‘Walking Dead’; ‘Good Wife’ up

Julianna Margulies and Alan Cumming in "The Good Wife."
Julianna Margulies and Alan Cumming in “The Good Wife.”

Most network series fell in the ratings Sunday night as the fourth-season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” took a bite out of rivals’ viewership. CBS’ “The Good Wife,” however, surged after last week’s big plot twist.

“Resurrection,” ABC’s high-rated freshman drama, drew 8.2 million viewers and a rating of 2.3 among advertiser-desired 18- to 49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Compared with last week’s episode, “Resurrection” posted an 8% decline in the key demographic.

Fox’s “Cosmos,” which also faced “The Walking Dead” directly, fell 12% week-to-week to a 1.5 in the 18-49 category and brought in 3.9 million viewers overall. The network’s animated comedies were all either down or flat with their week-ago outings. “Bob’s Burgers” suffered a 17% hit as it faced direct competition from NCAA basketball coverage on CBS.

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CBS’ regular prime-time lineup was delayed by March Madness, so its early numbers are unreliable. Still, it looks like “The Good Wife,” which violently killed off a major character last week, is on an upswing. According to the preliminary ratings, Sunday night’s episode drew 10.4 million viewers and earned a 1.7 in the 18-49 demographic, up 21% from last week.

Ratings for “The Walking Dead” won’t be released until later Monday, though the zombie drama will almost certainly turn out to be the most-watched series of the night. The previous season closer drew 12.4 million viewers on average and the fourth-season premiere scored a whopping 16.1 million.

NBC’s lineup was generally down, starting with the new home-renovation contest “American Dream Builders,” which fell 11% from its debut last week, to a low 0.8 in 18-49. “Believe” fell 8% to a 1.1 while “Crisis” dropped 23% to a 1.0.


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