Horror Story rises, Supernatural falls and 13 other genre shows

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Dec 15, 2012

The holidays are upon us, but the TV season is far from dormant. A few shows have left us for the year, and a few more are about to bow out for the Christmas break, but some others will keep on trucking through November and December.

This week, American Horror Story got the best night of its short run, while Supernatural suffered an absolute low in its seven-year history. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead keeps dominating Sunday cable and Terra Nova hopes it can hold on to its viewers through the busy holiday season.

Check out our chart and the commentary below to see how your favorite genre shows are doing in Live + Same Day ratings.


Terra Nova (FOX)7.01 million viewers/2.3/6 share

After a bit of a jump last week, Terra Nova sank again in its seventh week, though not much this time. It managed to keep its head just above the 7 million mark, despite losing 3/10 of a point in its rating. There's no midseason finale here, either. This show's going to keep steaming toward its end until it wraps up right before Christmas. It's risky to keep airing shows while everyone's thinking about the holidays, but Terra Nova is taking that gamble. We'll see how many viewers it can hold on to, and how much confidence FOX has in a second season.


American Horror Story (FX)3.06 million viewers/1.8

American Horror Story is another show that plans to keep steaming right on through the holidays, but it's having anything but difficulty so far. Wednesday's episode topped 3 million viewers for the first time since the series premiere and earned the highest rating in the show's history. Other shows are winding down for the fall, but this one is actually picking up steam.


The Big Bang Theory (CBS)15.05 million viewers/5.3/15 share

The Big Bang Theory held on to its rating and share this week but lost a few hundred thousand viewers. Even with that drop, though, it's still the most-watched thing on Thursday nights, and that doesn't look like it'll change anytime soon.

Person of Interest (CBS)
11.65 million viewers/2.6/7 share

Person of Interest returned from a week off to continue a strong run at just over 11.5 million viewers. It finished third on the night overall, but the only things that beat it were other CBS shows.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)—off this week

The Vampire Diaries is done for 2011, but at the time of its midseason finale it was at least beginning to pull in numbers that looked a little more like its second-season ratings. We'll have to wait until January to see if it can hold on to those.

The Secret Circle (CW)—off this week

Here's another show that's done until January, and all the producers of The Secret Circle want for Christmas is a ratings boost. It's not doing terribly for a CW show, but Secret Circle was supposed to pick up the same audience The Vampire Diaries secured, and it's only holding on to a fraction of that. We'll see what the new year brings.


A Gifted Man (CBS)8.24 million viewers/1.3/4 share

A Gifted Man held steady in its viewership this week and even picked up 1/10 of a ratings point, but despite that gain it's still hanging low in the demographic department. It's winning its timeslot in terms of viewers, but in terms of rating and share it's still losing out to Kitchen Nightmares, a show with less than half its audience. It's too early to call this show in trouble at all, but the low demo numbers continue to be cause for at least a little concern.

Chuck (NBC)
3.11 million viewers/0.9/3 share

The numbers aren't high for Chuck, but at least they're stable. For the fourth week of its final season the beloved but embattled spy comedy kept just above the 3 million viewer mark and held steady in rating and share. The show is powering right on through the holidays before ending its run entirely in late January, and there's a good bet loyal viewers will stick around. For Chuck and its farewell, that's all that really matters.

Fringe (FOX)
2.88 million viewers/1.1/3 share

What started as a numbers dip for Fringe turned into a full-blown slide with its midseason finale. Though it held on to its rating and share, the show dropped below 3 million viewers for the first time this season. That's not good at any point, but it's especially not good during November sweeps.

Grimm (NBC)
5.44 million viewers/1.6/5 share

Finally some good news for the sliding Grimm. It got an order of new episodes and a timeslot change, which means a vote of confidence from NBC, but it also got its first-ever numbers bump this week, gaining almost 300,000 viewers from last week. Now it gets a break for a couple of weeks. We'll see how this all works out when it returns.

Supernatural (CW)
1.55 million viewers/0.7/2 share

With just one more episode before it breaks until 2012, the news is not good for Supernatural. This week's episode was the least-viewed in the show's entire history, though it did manage at least to keep its share holding steady. If this show doesn't gain some ground soon, there could be trouble.

Clone Wars (TOON)
1.62 million viewers/0.5

Clone Wars dropped a little off last week's viewership but still managed to maintain its rating. It's a safe bet that this show will hold steady around the 1.5 million mark for a while, but with a couple of more episodes before the year is out, there's still a chance that it could finally break the 2 million mark again.

Sanctuary (Syfy)
1.2 million viewers/0.4

Here's another cable show that suffered a slight drop this week but still managed to hold its rating. Sanctuary's numbers aren't stellar, but they're still better than many of the episodes last season, so this show is still ahead of the curve.


The Walking Dead (AMC)6.07 million viewers/3.1

With just one episode left until its midseason finale, The Walking Dead dropped a few viewers and 1/10 of a ratings point this week, but still easily ruled Sunday night in the cable ratings. Things look good as we reach this show's midway point.

Once Upon A Time (ABC) - repeat

Once Upon a Time returns Thanksgiving weekend with a new episode, and we'll find out then if it can continue to wear the Sunday-night ratings crown. Other than football, it seems to be what everyone's watching.