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S.H.I.E.L.D. starts huge, Big Bang sets record + 35 other genre shows

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Oct 2, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

Another week, another big genre series premiere.

After months of anticipation and buzz, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted on ABC and didn't disappoint. The numbers were the best we've seen from a new drama series in a long time, but we'll still have to wait and see how much of that audience will hang on for the long haul. Meanwhile, Sleepy Hollow had a solid second week, Once Upon a Time returned to strong numbers, The Big Bang Theory set a new series record, and things got worse for The Neighbors

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


MONDAY, September 23

Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 8.59 million viewers/3.1/8 share

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Sleepy Hollow took a bit of a drop in its second week, but held on to a very healthy chunk of its premiere audience and still managed to win its timeslot in the key demo. That's a good sign for people who want this show to stick around for a while.

Shows on Hiatus

Bates Motel (A&E) — Returns 2014

Beauty and the Beast (CW) — Returns October 7

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, September 24

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 12.12 million viewers/4.7/13 share

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Marvel's big TV venture had a fantastic premiere week, pulling the highest numbers for a new drama series in nearly four years. We still have to wait and see how much of that audience it'll hold onto, and how long it'll be able to hold it, but this is an encouraging start. 

Shows on Hiatus

Person of Interest (CBS) — Returned September 24

Supernatural (CW) — Returns October 8


WEDNESDAY, September 25

Revolution (NBC) 6.81 million viewers/1.8/6 share

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Revolution returned last Wednesday for its second season, and while it managed a few more viewers than its season-one finale, its ratings score was tied with the lowest point it hit last season.That definitely doesn't doom it, but it's not a great place to start. We'll see if next week brings some improvement.

Shows on Hiatus

American Horror Story (FX) — Returns October 9

Arrow (CW) — Returns October 9


THURSDAY, September 26

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 18.99 million viewers/5.5/18 share (first episode) and 20.44 million viewers/6.1/18 share (second episode)

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Nothing can slow down the hit CBS sitcom. The Big Bang Theory returned with a two-episode season-seven premiere last Thursday and flat-out trounced every other show on the air, hitting a new viewership high in the second half-hour that bested the show's previous high by nearly half a million viewers. Will this show ever start to show its age?

Elementary (CBS) 10.18 million viewers/2.1/6 share

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Elementary returned Thursday to solid numbers that bested the season-one finale but were lower than most of season one at its best. We'll see if this is the new status quo, or just a slow start, in the weeks to come. 

DreamWorks' Dragons: Defenders of Berk (TOON) 1.40 million viewers/0.4

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Dragons held on to its demo score but lost a few viewers in its second week back, hitting its lowest viewership point ever. We'll see if that viewership decline continues. 

Shows on Hiatus

Archer (FX) — Returns 2014

Hannibal (NBC) — Returns 2014

Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown

The Vampire Diaries (CW) — Returns October 3

Wilfred (FX) — Returns Unknown


FRIDAY, September 27

Haven (Syfy) 1.54 million viewers/0.5

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Haven got a nice boost this week to hit a season high with its demo score. So far the show's on track to do just as well as last season. 

The Neighbors (ABC) 4.06 million viewers/1.0/4 share

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After hitting a series low with its season-two premiere last week, The Neighbors hit another low on Friday. It's still early, but if this keeps up there won't be a season three. 

Shows On Hiatus

Continuum (Syfy) — Returns 2014

Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) — Returns 2014

Grimm (NBC) — Returns October 25


SATURDAY, September 28

Shows on Hiatus

Doctor Who (BBC) -- Returns November 23

Orphan Black (BBC) -- Returns April 2014

In The Flesh (BBC) — Returns Spring 2014


SUNDAY, September 29

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8.52 million viewers/2.6/7 share

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Once Upon a Time returned Sunday with a season-three premiere that couldn't match either of the past two season premieres, but still managed to be better than almost all of the second half of season two. We'll see where it goes from here.

Shows on Hiatus

Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns 2014

Game of Thrones (HBO) — Returns Spring 2014

True Blood (HBO) — Returns 2014

The Walking Dead (AMC) — Returns October 13