Horror Story starts big, Arrow keeps flying + 34 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012

Last week, the big story was The Walking Dead's stellar season-two debut. This week, American Horror Story returned for its own record-breaking performance. Meanwhile, Arrow stayed strong, Big Bang Theory kept dominating Thursday nights, and Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue both continued to struggle.

Check out our chart and commentary for more on how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day viewers and rating.


Revolution (NBC) 8.61 million viewers/3.3/9 share

Revolution finally got a boost this week after three straight weeks of falling. The show picked up more than half a million viewers and three tenths of a ratings point. It won its timeslot in ratings and finished third on the night overall. It's a good sign of life.

Alphas (Syfy) 1.16 million viewers/0.4

Alphas took a small dip in the ratings but picked up a few viewers. Next week is finale time. We'll see if it can finish strong.

Shows on Hiatus

Being Human (Syfy) — Returns Jan. 14, 2013

Teen Wolf (MTV) — Returns 2013

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) — Returns April 2013


Arrow (CW)3.55 million viewers/1.3/4

Arrow lost a few viewers in its second week but maintained its strong ratings score. It's already The CW's second most popular show, right behind The Vampire Diaries, and that was enough to earn it a full season order from the network earlier this week.

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)3.84 million viewers/2.2

Last year American Horror Story started and ended as one of the biggest shows in the history of its network. Last Wednesday the debut of the second series of the horror anthology Asylum topped even season one's outstanding performance, setting a new high in viewers and topping last year's highest-rated episode by half a point. It was also the top cable program of its night, and the second highest-rated show in key demos on all of TV, second only to Modern Family.

Dragons: Riders of Berk (TOON)1.79 million viewers/0.4

Dragons picked up a tenth of a ratings point this week to keep flying high for Cartoon Network.

The Neighbors (ABC)6.53 million viewers/1.9/6 share

The Neighbors lost a tenth of a ratings point this week but picked up some viewers. It's still hovering in that place between hit and flop, so we'll have to see how the rest of the episodes fare.

Supernatural (CW)2.13 million viewers/1.0/3 share

Supernatural held onto its ratings score this week despite losing a few viewers. But even with that drop, it was still more watched than any episode in all of last season. That's very good news for a show that's been around this long.

Shows on Hiatus

Futurama (Comedy) — Returns 2013


The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 15.73 million viewers/4.8/15 share

The Big Bang Theory got a big boost to its ratings score and viewers after a drop last week, and once again clobbered the competition to claim the Thursday night crown.

Person of Interest (CBS) 13.93 million viewers/2.8/7 share

Person of Interest returned after a week off to another strong performance, finishing Thursday as the night's second-most-watched show.

Elementary (CBS) 10.91 million viewers/2.3/6 share

Elementary returned from its week off to a drop in both ratings and viewers, but still managed to dominate its timeslot.

Last Resort (ABC) 7.06 million viewers/1.7/5 share

Last Resort finally got a boost to its ratings and viewership this week after two straight weeks of dropping. It even managed to finish second in its timeslot (though on the night overall, it's considerably lower ranked). The show's not out of danger, but at least the decline has stopped ... for now.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 2.91 million viewers/1.3/4 share

The Vampire Diaries took a drop in ratings and viewers but still held on to a sizeable chunk of the premiere audience. All signs point to it remaining the CW powerhouse it's been since its debuted.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) 2.00 million viewers/0.7/2 share

After a strong premiere, Beauty and the Beast took a big hit to its viewers and ratings score this week to finish in last place on Thursday night. That's far from enough to doom it, but that kind of week-two slump isn't a good sign.

Shows on Hiatus

Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown

Touch (Fox) — Returns Oct. 26, 2012

Wilfred (FX) — Returns Unknown


Haven (Syfy)1.44 million viewers/0.4

Haven took a dip this week but still put up pretty solid numbers for Syfy.

Fringe (FOX) —OFF

Fringe took a week off to make way for baseball playoffs.

Grimm (NBC)5.03 million viewers/1.5/5 share

Grimm broke even in viewers but lost a tenth of a ratings point. It still did well enough to be the highest-rated scripted show of the night, though, so no worries.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD) .2 million viewers/0.1

Tron: Uprising returned this week after a lengthy hiatus and posted its least-watched episode ever. It still held on to its usual ratings score, though, so we'll see if that's good enough for Disney XD.

Shows On Hiatus

Lost Girl (Syfy) — Returns January 2013

Merlin (Syfy) — Returns Unknown

Spartacus (Starz) — Returns Unknown


Bedlam (BBC)0.07 million viewers/0.0

Bedlam dropped again this week to post fewer than 100,000 viewers on BBC America. That doesn't mean the show's dead, of course, but numbers this low could mean future U.S. broadcasts are in serious jeopardy.

Clone Wars (TOON)1.56 million viewers/0.5

Clone Wars lost a few viewers but maintained a solid ratings score. This one's doing well on Saturday mornings so far.

Shows On Hiatus

Doctor Who (BBC) — Returns December 2012


Once Upon a Time (ABC)9.89 million viewers/3.3/8 share

Once Upon a Time got a boost this week to finish as the highest-rated non-sports show on broadcast TV yet again.

666 Park Avenue (ABC)4.81 million viewers/1.7/4 share

666 Park Avenue got a nice boost in ratings this week to keep it out of last place, but not out of danger. This one just isn't doing well compared to most of the other Sunday night dramas. It may not last.

The Walking Dead (AMC)9.54 million viewers/5.1

After an absolutely staggering debut last week, The Walking Dead lost a little of its viewership and ratings score but still dominated the night, finishing once again as the top scripted show of the night, and that includes broadcast TV. On cable, it actually took the top two slots yet again, with the encore airing of the episode finishing second behind the first airing. These zombies are unstoppable.

Shows On Hiatus

Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns 2013

Game of Thrones (HBO) — Returns March 31, 2013

True Blood (HBO) — Returns 2013