Another year, another set of spectacular premiere ratings for The Walking Dead.
The zombie show returned for its fourth season Sunday and put an exclamation point on its standing as the biggest basic-cable drama ever by picking up even more viewers and setting an incredible demo score. Meanwhile, Supernatural returned better than it's been in two years, Arrow came back strong, The Tomorrow People premiered with solid numbers, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland ... well, didn't.
Check out the numbers and commentary below to see how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day ratings.
MONDAY, October 7
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 7.96 million viewers/2.8/7 share
Sleepy Hollow held on to its viewers but slipped a bit in its demo score. Still, it was strong enough to come in second in its timeslot (behind hour two of The Voice), and it's already got a second season on the way.
Beauty and the Beast (CW) 0.86 million viewers/0.3/1 share
Beauty and the Beast returned last week with bad news. Both the show's total viewers and its key demographic score were series lows by a large margin. The season-two premiere had nearly 2 million fewer viewers than the season-one premiere, and nearly half a million viewers fewer than the season-one finale. That's a very slow start for a show that didn't have all that much breathing room to begin with.
Shows on Hiatus
Bates Motel (A&E) — Returns 2014
Being Human (Syfy) — Returns 2014
Defiance (Syfy) — Returns June 2014
Lost Girl (Syfy) — Returns 2014
Teen Wolf (MTV) — Returns January, 2014
Tron: Uprising (Disney XD) — Returns Unknown
Under the Dome (CBS) — Returns 2014
Warehouse 13 (Syfy) — Returns 2014
TUESDAY, October 8
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 7.79 million viewers/2.9/9 share
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took another slight drop with its third episode, but it still had a demo score high enough to put it in second place for the night, and it just got a full season order. So far, so good.
Person of Interest (CBS) 11.68 million viewers/2.0/6 share
Person of Interest slipped this week to a series low in both viewers and demo scores, but even its low was still not bad. We'll see if the slump continues.
Supernatural (CW) 2.50 million viewers/1.2/3 share
Supernatural returned this week to numbers higher than any point in either season eight or season seven. It's nine years old, and it still managed to beat both Arrow and The Vampire Diaries this week with its demo score. That's impressive.
The Originals (CW) 1.90 million viewers/0.9/2 share
The Originals slipped in its Tuesday debut, but not much. So far its numbers aren't great, but they're not terrible either. We'll see what the coming weeks bring.
WEDNESDAY, October 9
American Horror Story: Coven (FX) 5.53 million viewers/3.0
American Horror Story returned this week for a new high in both viewers and ratings, and nearly doubled the demo scores of both the season-one and season-two premieres. Now we'll see if it can sustain this viewership.
Arrow (CW) 2.74 million viewers/0.9/3 share
Arrow returned for its second season with numbers nearly identical to the season-one finale, but more than 1 million viewers down from the series premiere. It's not a bad start, and it's got plenty of big developments to help boost it in the weeks to come (hello, Flash).
Revolution (NBC) 5.45 million viewers/1.5/5 share
Revolution dropped for the third straight week to a new ratings low. That's not the kind of streak you want to be on, and if it keeps up we could see it slip quickly into cancellation territory.
The Tomorrow People (CW) 2.32 million viewers/0.9/2 share
The CW's new superpowered series put up solid but not spectacular numbers with its series premiere. Now we wait and see how many of those viewers stick around.
THURSDAY, October 10
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 17.64 million viewers/5.1/17 share
The Big Bang Theory slipped again, but this show will have to fall very, very far to ever be in trouble.
Elementary (CBS) 9.06 million viewers/1.9/6 share
Elementary dropped for the second straight week, but it's been lower than this before and bounced back easily.
The Vampire Diaries (CW) 2.14 million viewers/1.0/3 share
The Vampire Diaries dropped in week two to one of the lowest viewerships it's ever had, but it's still one of the strongest shows The CW has.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) 5.82 million viewers/1.7/5 share
The Once Upon a Time spinoff premiered to a viewership lower than both of its timeslot predecessors from last year, Last Resort and Zero Hour, and had a demo score lower than Last Resort and barely higher than Zero Hour. Given how quickly both of those shows were canceled (Zero Hour only got to air three episodes before it got the boot), it's safe to say there's danger here.
DreamWorks' Dragons: Defenders of Berk (TOON) 1.39 million viewers/0.3
Dragons bounced back this week with a small but significant demo boost.
Shows on Hiatus
Archer (FX) — Returns 2014
Hannibal (NBC) — Returns 2014
Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown
Wilfred (FX) — Returns Unknown
FRIDAY, October 11
Haven (Syfy) 1.58 million viewers/0.4
Haven got a boost to its viewership for another good week.
The Neighbors (ABC) 4.12 million viewers/0.9/3 share
The Neighbors took a drop this week to set another new low in the key demo score. It could improve, but right now it looks like season two will probably be the last.
Shows On Hiatus
Continuum (Syfy) — Returns 2014
Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) — Returns 2014
Grimm (NBC) — Returns October 25
SATURDAY, October 12
Shows on Hiatus
Doctor Who (BBC) -- Returns November 23
Orphan Black (BBC) -- Returns April 2014
In The Flesh (BBC) — Returns Spring 2014
SUNDAY, October 13
The Walking Dead (AMC) 16.11 million viewers/8.2
The Walking Dead returned for its fourth season to set another series record, continuing its reign as the most popular basic-cable drama ever. It was the most popular show on TV Sunday night apart from primetime football, and had nearly 4 million viewers on last season's premiere. There's no stopping this zombie apocalypse.
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 7.53 million viewers/2.4/6 share
Once Upon a Time dropped again this week to numbers very similar to its lowest points last season. It still got renewed last season, of course, but if it keeps slipping we could have a problem.
Witches of East End (Lifetime) 1.93 million viewers/0.8
Well, here's something we don't usually see. Witches of East End actually gained viewers in its second week. That's got to be a good sign.
Shows on Hiatus
Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns 2014
Game of Thrones (HBO) — Returns Spring 2014
True Blood (HBO) — Returns 2014