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Once Upon a Time rises, Thrones slips + 43 other genre shows

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May 15, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

The remarkable climb of Game of Thrones is finally at an end.

After more than a month of setting series high after series high, the hit HBO series finally took a drop in viewers this week, but it still dominated Sunday night. Meanwhile, Once Upon a Time got a welcome May boost, Bates Motel stayed strong, and Touch ended after a season of very low-rated episodes.

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



Defiance (Syfy) 2.15 million viewers/0.8

Defiance lost a few viewers but held on to its ratings score for another strong week at the top of Syfy's Monday lineup. Its performance so far has been enough to earn it a second season, so rejoice if you're a fan.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 1.27 million viewers/0.5

Warehouse 13 also lost a few viewers but held on to a strong demo score to keep the Monday night numbers rolling for Syfy.

Bates Motel (A&E) 2.71 million viewers/1.3

Bates Motel lost a few viewers but maintained what's been a very consistently strong demo score. 

Revolution (NBC) 6.06 million viewers/2.0/5 share

Revolution got a welcome boost after two weeks of big drops, picking back up during the crucial May sweeps period.

Shows on Hiatus

Teen Wolf (MTV) — Returns June 3, 2013

Lost Girl (Syfy) — Returns 2014

Tron: Uprising (Disney XD) — Returns Unknown

Continuum (Syfy) — Returns June 7, 2013

Being Human (Syfy) — Returns 2014

Canceled Shows

Alphas (Syfy)




Grimm (NBC) 5.67 million viewers/1.8/5 share

Grimm dropped a bit after a nice boost last week, but still kept up strong numbers for another good Tuesday.



Arrow (CW) 2.62 million viewers/0.9/3 share

Arrow lost a few viewers but held on to its ratings score. Let's see if the season finale can provide a boost.

Supernatural (CW) 2.07 million viewers/1.0/3 share

Supernatural held on to its viewers and got a nice demo boost for a solid May episode.

Shows on Hiatus

Futurama (Comedy) — Returns June 19, 2013

American Horror Story (FX) — Returns October, 2013

Dragons: Riders of Berk (TOON) — Returns Sept. 10, 2013

The Neighbors (ABC) — Returns Unknown



The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 16.30 million viewers/4.9/17 share

The Big Bang Theory basically broke even, for yet another dominant Thursday.

Person of Interest (CBS) 13.16 million viewers/2.4/7 share

Person of Interest held on to its demo score and picked up a few viewers for a good sweeps showing to end its second year, and a third season is on the way.

Elementary (CBS) 9.29 million viewers/1.9/5 share

Elementary slipped again for yet another series low in viewers, but it's still going pretty strong, and a second season is already coming.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 2.28 million viewers/1.0/3 share

The Vampire Diaries picked up a few viewers and held on to its demo score. It's not as strong as it was this time last season, but it's still serving The CW well.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) 1.29 million viewers/0.5/1 share

Beauty and the Beast picked up a few viewers and held on to its ratings score for a solid week.

Hannibal (NBC) 2.62 million viewers/1.1/3 share

Hannibal basically broke even this week. It's slipped quite a bit from the series premiere numbers a few weeks ago, but it's not doomed yet.

Shows on Hiatus

Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown

Wilfred (FX) — Returns 2013

Haven (Syfy) — Returns 2013

Archer (FX) — Returns Unknown

Canceled Shows

Last Resort (ABC)

Zero Hour (ABC)


FRIDAY, May 10

Touch (FOX) 2.42 million viewers/0.6/2 share

Touch got a small boost in viewers for its series finale, but the show stayed very low throughout its second year, so we're saying goodbye.

Merlin (Syfy) 1.23 million viewers/0.4

Merlin lost a few viewers but picked up a tenth of a ratings point for a strong Friday night. Only three episodes left now.

Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) 0.46 million viewers/0.2

Da Vinci's Demons picked up a few viewers again this week. Could it be rebounding, or will Starz regret giving this show an early renewal? 

Completed Shows

Fringe (FOX) — Run ended after five seasons

Spartacus (Starz) — Run ended.

Canceled Shows

Cult (CW)



Doctor Who (BBCA) 0.90 million viewers/0.4

Doctor Who got a boost to its viewers this week and held on to a solid Saturday night demo score. We'll see if the season finale can score even bigger numbers.

Orphan Black (BBCA) 0.28 million viewers/0.1

Orphan Black dipped this week, but it's already got a second season on the way.

Canceled Shows

Clone Wars (TOON) 

Bedlam (BBC)


SUNDAY, May 12

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 7.33 million viewers/2.3/7 share

Once Upon a Time lost a few viewers but actually picked up in its demo score, which is always good during May sweeps.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) — OFF

666 Park Avenue's final four episodes will show up this summer on ABC, then it's done.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 4.84 million viewers/2.4

For the first time in more than a month, Game of Thrones actually lost viewers and ratings this week, putting an end to a remarkable ascent that made it the undisputed king of Sunday night cable. It's still ruling the night, though, and as we get closer to the season finale there's a strong chance it'll pick up yet again.

Shows on Hiatus

Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns June 9, 2013

True Blood (HBO) — Returns June 16, 2013

The Walking Dead (AMC) — Returns Fall, 2013