TV THIS WEEK: Da Vinci's Demons returns, Treehouse of Horror, and more!

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Oct 19, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT

It's a busy week of TV, complete with a couple of Halloween treats. We're well into our fall programming now, but that doesn't mean the week is without its events. We've got a new horror-themed game show in Hellevator, the final season premiere of Da Vinci's Demons, and on Sunday, an essential Halloween tradition: the return of Treehouse of Horror.

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?


Gotham (FOX) Monday, 8 PM - "Rise of the Villains: Scarification"

We're about a month into Gotham's Season 2 run now, so let's have a little look at how the show's doing so far this year. The season premiere pulled in a little more than 4.5 million live viewers, or about half the audience of the series premiere last fall. It was down from most of last season's live numbers, and down from the Season 1 finale (with 4.97 million live viewers), but that's not as bad as it sounds. The live numbers are consistent with the final few episodes of Season 1, and DVR numbers from the season premiere put total viewers up to nearly 7.5 million, and the last available Live+3 numbers brought a 48 percent increase. Gotham's not quite the juggernaut it was when it first arrived, but it's still putting up solid numbers on a competitive Monday night.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) Tuesday, 9 PM - "Devils You Know"

Over the past two seasons and counting, we've watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. get more ambitious (and in many circles, more acclaimed) with its storytelling even as its viewer numbers kept dropping. Unfortunately, that still seems to be the case with Season 3. The season premiere dropped from nearly 6 million in Season 2 to just under 5 million, and while that's not too shabby, the show's been slipping since, including a drop to a series low in live viewers (3.74 million) last week. Now, does that mean S.H.I.E.L.D.is doomed? Definitely not. The show's always been a solid DVR performer, and that series low I was just talking about was just a few thousand viewers off the previous low.The show rebounded last time, and it very well could again, at least enough that ABC feels it's important to keep it around.


Hellevator (GSN) Wednesday, 8 PM - "The Undertaker"

Series premiere! - Well, Halloween season is upon us, and that means various TV novelties are coming out the woodwork. This year, one of them is Hellevator, a new game show in which a group of friends must battle a series of frightening challenges in a spooky abandoned building, all while trying to ride the "Hellevator" to the top. Does it sound silly? Maybe, but it might be the kind of weird fun you need this Halloween. Check out a preview below.


Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) Saturday, 8 PM - "Semper Infidelis"

Season premiere! - This supernatural-tinged take on the life and aventures of Leonardo da Vinci from creator David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) is heading into its third year, and we knew well before the premiere that this would be the last hurrah for the show. That makes the season bittersweet for fans, in that you might not want it to go, but you at least know it'll go on its own terms. This week, as the Ottomans approach, Leonardo and his allies must retreat. Check out a preview of the season below.


The Simpsons (FOX) Sunday, 8 PM - "Treehouse of Horror XXVI"

Halloween special! - Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without The Simpsons and their annual anthology of spooky shenanigans. Every Treehouse of Horror is a memorable one, thanks to everything from Mr. Burns as Dracula to couch gags designed by Guillermo del Toro, but this year's could be one of the biggest ever. Why? Well, after years of trying, Sideshow Bob finally gets to kill Bart Simpson. Yes, you read that right.


Gotham (FOX) 8 PM - "Rise of the Villains: Scarification"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Minority Report (FOX) 9 PM - "The Present"

When Dash and Vega figure out Vega is the victim in Dash's vision, they join forces with someone who played a part in the death of Vega's father; Arthur delves into his and his siblings' memories.


Scorpion (CBS) 9 PM - "Super Fun Guys"

The members of the team go under cover on a movie set in Kazakhstan in hopes of disabling a Soviet-era nuclear missile being sold by terrorists.



The Flash (CW) 8 PM - "Family of Rogues"

Barry and the team ally with the kidnapped Captain Cold's sister, but Barry feels duped when he learns Snart is working on something with his father; Joe faces a difficult decision.


iZombie (CW) 9 PM - "Real Dead Housewife of Seattle"

Liv eats the brains of a trophy wife who was pushed to her death from her home's balcony by a hired hit man; Liv and Ravi discover Peyton is back in Seattle.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 PM - "Devils You Know"

Coulson and the team search for the Inhuman who is killing other Inhumans; May worries Hunter's mission to bring down Ward is becoming too personal.

Manhattan (WGN) 9 PM - "Fatherland"

Frank discovers the real reason he has been taken captive.

Face Off (Syfy) 9 PM - "Movie Magic, Part 1"

Finalists learn they will be working with a director and a production crew to create three short films on location

From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey) 9 PM - "There Will Be Blood"

Santanico confronts Malvado with Seth's help; Richie and Kate must stop Carlos and Scott from overturning the ancient prophecy and taking control of a powerful evil.

Scream Queens (FOX) 9 PM - "Seven Minutes In Hell"

In an attempt to protect herself, Chanel makes a decision that puts Zayday in a position of power; the girls of Kappa Kappa Tau make a shocking discovery during a slumber party.


Limitless (CBS) 10 PM - "Personality Crisis"

Brian learns something about Rebecca's late father, but worries telling her about it would get him in trouble; Brian accidentally meddles in Rebecca's personal life.


The Bastard Executioner (FX) 10 PM - "Behold the Lamb/Gweled yr Oen"

Wilkin and Lady Love come to grips with condemning an innocent man to death.


Arrow (CW) 8 PM - "Restoration"

The tension between Oliver and Diggle puts them at risk when they target Damien Darhk and a meta-human; Laurel convinces Thea to return to Nanda Parbat to request Sara be put into the Lazarus Pit.


Hellevator (GSN) 8 PM - "The Undertaker"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Supernatural (CW) 9 PM - "The Bad Seed"

While Rowena endeavors to protect herself against the Winchesters, Sam and Dean pursue a missing child connected to the Darkness; Castiel struggles to heal; Crowley looks to use the Darkness to his advantage.


Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 PM - "Houghton Hears a Who?"

Investigating the Houghton Mansion in North Adams, Mass., where repercussions of a car accident could explain phenomena.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) 9:30 PM - "Relics of the Old Republic"

Ezra and the crew begin to develop friendships with Captain Rex and his colleagues.

Paranormal Witness (Syfy) 10 PM - "The Fireplace"

After a woman moves into an apartment with her daughter, she believes something evil is lurking behind the fireplace.

American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) 10 PM - "Mommy"

Alex is pushed to her breaking point after Scarlett stirs up memories of Holden; Donovan is targeted by a dangerous rival of the Countess.



Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6:30 PM - "Grube's Fairytales"

Robin tries to teach the Titans valuable life lessons by reading them fairytales, but the others co-opt his stories and spin them into their own twisted yarns.


Heroes Reborn (NBC) 8 PM - "Game Over"

Noah Bennet takes it upon himself to seek important answers; after making a startling discovery, Tommy and Emily take an unexpected journey; Malina finds an ally; Erica takes measures to interfere with Miko's mission.


The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8 PM - "Age of Innocence"

Damon, Bonnie and Alaric set off on a road trip in search of anything they can use against Lily; while held hostage by the Heretics, Caroline learns information about Valerie's past.


The Originals (CW) 9 PM - "I'll See You In Hell or New Orleans"

Klaus and Elijah must work together to root out Lucien's true motives; Lucien reveals information about his past with Klaus to Cami; Marcel receives an offer from a mysterious figure; Hayley tries to cope with her situation.


Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 9 PM - "The Sisters Mills"

Pandora, more powerful than ever, unleashes her most evil force to date; when the latest monster targets the town's children, Abbie and Jenny work together to protect them.


Haven (Syfy) 10 PM - "Enter Sandman"

Dwight and Charlotte try to free Audrey from the Sandman's stasis; Duke tries to help Seth Byrne recover his memories.


Z Nation (Syfy) 10 PM - "Down the Mississippi"

While crossing the Mississippi, the team splits up after a boating accident; 10K is drawn into a scam; Escorpion sentences 10K, Sketchy and Skeezy to death.


Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) 8 PM - "Semper Infidelis"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Doctor Who (BBC) 9 PM - "The Woman Who Lived"

No synopsis available.


Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors (Disney XD) 9 PM - "Contest of Champions, Part Four"

Spider-Man fights alongside The Collector in an attempt to free all of Earth's heroes and villains from the Grandmaster and set everything right again.

Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney XD) 9:30 PM - "Undercover Angle"

The Guardians are pushed into infiltrating a notorious gang of weapons dealers.


Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 PM - "Dreamcatcher"

No synopsis available.


The Simpsons (FOX) 8 PM - "Treehouse of Horror XXVI"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 PM - "Thank You"

No synopsis available.


The Leftovers (HBO) 9 PM - "Orange Sticker"

Nora awakens in the midst of an earthquake to find Kevin missing; the Murphys are left reeling after Evie's disappearance; Kevin returns home with no memory of the night before; an old enemy returns.


The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 9:30 PM - "Crickets"

Dark and sizeable secrets exist despite the population's miniscule size.

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10 PM - "Red Crone"

A kidnapping seems to be based on an online myth in which the abductor lures children through a cellphone app; Avery benches Elijah after he behaves aggressively; D.B. finds romance.


(Episode synopses via Zap2It)