Merlin starts strong, Big Bang sets record + 34 other genre shows

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Jan 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

The new year is in full swing, and all our shows are making their way back to the airwaves. This week The Big Bang Theory started 2013 off with a huge bang, while Merlin debuted strong for Syfy. Meanwhile American Horror Story continued to struggle a bit, and The Clone Wars got a boost.

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


Revolution (NBC) — OFF

Revolution is on a long midseason break. We won't see it again until March.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD) .22 million viewers/0.0

Tron: Uprising had a good Christmas Eve, but by New Year's Eve it had sunk back down to the levels we're used to seeing it at. With only a few episodes left, we'll see if the season finale can bring bigger numbers.

Shows on Hiatus

Alphas (Syfy) — Returns Unknown

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

Teen Wolf (MTV) — Returns 2013

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) — Returns April 2013


Arrow (CW) — OFF

Arrow returns January 16th.

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) 2.21 million viewers/1.2

American Horror Story returned from a holiday break to numbers almost identical to what it scored before it left. It's been struggling for a while to live up to last season's number, and now it hasn't for weeks. We'll see if it can recover.

Dragons: Riders of Berk (TOON) — OFF

Dragons returns January 23rd.

The Neighbors (ABC) — OFF

The Neighbors is back January 9th.

Supernatural (CW) — OFF

Supernatural is back January 16th.

Shows on Hiatus

Futurama (Comedy) — Returns 2013


The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 19.25 million viewers/6.1/18 share

The Big Bang Theory set a new high in viewers and ratings earlier this year, and last Thursday it blew that number out of the water. The broadcast was the second-highest-rated thing on TV last week, right behind Sunday night's NFC Wildcard Playoff game, and Big Bang once again garnered more ratings and viewers than all the other shows in its timeslot combined.

Person of Interest (CBS) 16.23 million viewers/3.4/9 share

Person of Interest also set a new high for viewers and ratings last week, continuing the Thursday-night dominance of CBS.

Elementary (CBS) 11.44 million viewers/2.6/7 share

Elementary also picked up a big gain on its return, posting its best numbers since the series premiere.

Last Resort (ABC) — OFF

Last Resort returns January 10th.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) — OFF

The Vampire Diaries returns January 17th.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) — OFF

Beauty and the Beast is back January 24th.

Shows on Hiatus

Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown

Touch (Fox) — Returns Feb. 1, 2013

Wilfred (FX) — Returns 2013


Haven (Syfy) — OFF

Haven is back for a two-part finale Jan. 17.

Merlin (Syfy) 1.63 million viewers/0.4

Merlin returned to American TV for its final run Friday, and it did almost exactly as well as the last Syfy season premiere did. We'll see if more viewers join up over the course of the final season.

Fringe (FOX) — OFF

Fringe was off last week. A new episode returns Friday.

Grimm (NBC) — OFF

Grimm is off until March.

Shows on Hiatus

Lost Girl (Syfy) — Returns January 14, 2013

Spartacus (Starz) — Returns January 25, 2013


Clone Wars (TOON) 1.74 million viewers/0.5

Clone Wars returned after a month-long hiatus to more viewers. We'll see how the rest of the year plays out.

Shows on Hiatus

Bedlam (BBC) — Returns Unknown

Doctor Who (BBC) — Returns 2013


Once Upon a Time (ABC) 9.10 million viewers/3.1/8 share

Once Upon a Time returned from a hiatus to the exact same numbers it had when it left.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) — OFF

666 Park Avenue has been pulled from the ABC lineup. We'll let you know if we find out when those final episodes will hit the airwaves (if they ever do).

The Walking Dead (AMC) — OFF

The Walking Dead is back in February.

Shows on Hiatus

Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns 2013

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

True Blood (HBO) — Returns 2013