TV THIS WEEK: Star Wars Rebels returns, Treehouse of Horror, and more!

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Oct 13, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

This week, there's plenty of special Halloween programming, plus the first half-hour episode of Star Wars Rebels.

Most of the big fall premieres have now come and gone (though we're not done yet), leaving us with a healthy crop of genre TV to enjoy pretty much every night of the week, so we're taking a little time today to look at the ratings of a couple of the biggest series. Plus, Treehouse of Horror returns, Star Wars Rebels starts its weekly run, a spooky Syfy Original Movie and more. 

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

Highlights of the Week

Gotham (FOX) Monday, 8 p.m. - "Arkham"

Now that Gotham has a few episodes under its belt, it feels like a good time to check in and see how the show's doing in terms of ratings. It premiered strong, with a little more than 8 million Live+Same Day viewers and a score of 3.2 in the all-important 18-49 demographic. That's a good number, considering it was premiering in the same timeslot as heavy competition like the season premiere of perennial juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Viewership has slipped a bit in the weeks since, but not by much. Last week the show pulled in 6.36 million Live+Same Day viewers, which is still pretty solid, considering all of its competition, but where Gotham's true strength seems to lie is in the same place Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s did during its first season: DVR numbers. The premiere episode's original Live+Same Day rating was strong by itself, but in the seven days that followed the score shot up to a 6.0, a whopping increase of 82 percent that gave it the biggest Live+7 boost of any show that week, including The Big Bang Theory and ABC's new hit How to Get Away with Murder. We don't have Live+7 numbers for the other two episodes that have aired so far just yet, but we do know that the second episode of the season posted a 50 percent ratings increase in Live+3 numbers, and that number will likely be higher in the Live+7 data. Gotham's still doing well in live broadcasts on a busy Monday night, but like so many shows these days, its DVR numbers might end up being what keeps it going. Tonight, a controversial vote puts politicians in danger, and it's up to Gordon and Bullock to protect them. Check out a preview below.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) Monday, 9 p.m. - "Droids in Distress"

Series premiere! - So, technically we've already seen the beginning of Star Wars Rebels with the one-hour special "Spark of Rebellion," which has since been rebroadcast several times, including on ABC. That, however, was billed by Disney as a "TV movie" designed to introduce viewers to the show and its characters before Rebels began its real run of regular episodes on Disney XD, and after more than 6 million viewers watched "Spark of Rebellion" around the world -- including 2.7 million during its original Oct. 3 Disney Channel broadcast -- it's now time for that run to begin. Rebels has been well-received critically, and it's still enjoying a wave of fan buzz that was boosted by New York Comic-Con over the weekend, but now we have to see how the show will perform on XD, Disney's smaller offshoot network where they tend to put much of their action-heavy animated programming. Rebels is off to a strong start, and this week we find out if it stays that way. Tonight, the rebels intercept an Imperial weapons shipment and pick up two droids along the way. Check out a preview below.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Face My Enemy" 

I don't know about you, but since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back a few weeks ago I've been seeing a lot of "whoa, this show's actually good now" floating around the 'net, and it's coming not just from fans, but from TV critics too. The series is enjoying a resurgence in fan excitement, and it's driven by what seems to be a creative peak in the run thus far. So, how's the excitement translating to ratings? Well ... there's good news and bad news, and I'm going to give you the bad news first so we can end on a high note. While the season premiere's Live+Same Day numbers were as good as or better than most of the numbers the back half of season one put up, the show's dropped off since then, hitting consecutive series lows in viewers with its second and third episodes. The show's facing off against a new Tuesday night hit in the form the CBS spinoff NCIS: New Orleans, and that can't be helping matters, but we also might simply be dealing with a show whose viewers didn't want to stay for the season-two ride after feeling let down by season one. Right now the show's struggling a bit, at least in Live+Same Day numbers, but that doesn't mean it's doomed, and one reason why is that it still seems to be a show that can count on a huge boost from DVR numbers. The Live+7 numbers from the season premiere have arrived, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. picked up an 80 percent boost to its demo score and a 71 percent boost to total viewers, taking that number up from nearly 6 million to nearly 10 million. So people are still interested, even if they're less interested in watching on Tuesday nights. There's plenty of hope yet for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it wouldn't hurt to tell your friends the show got better in season two. This week, Coulson's betrayed by an ally, and Fitz might be the team's only hope. Check out a preview below.

Finders Keepers (Syfy) Saturday, 9 p.m. 

Original movie! - It's officially Halloween season, and I'm not just saying that because I heard "Monster Mash" in a store for the first time over the weekend. I also know because all manner of spooky special programming is making its way onto our screens in the coming weeks, including this Syfy Original Movie featuring a haunted doll, just in case you didn't get enough of that with Annabelle. When Alyson (Jaime Pressly, Jennifer Falls) and her daughter Claire (Kylie Rogers) move into a new house, Claire discovers a creepy as hell very old doll in her room and decides to keep it. Of course, the doll is tied to the house's violent past, and the family is forced to battle a supernatural evil, with Claire's life on the line. Seriously, why do people want to hold on to these terrifying-looking toys? Who wants this stuff? Anyway, the movie looks like it could pack a nice creep factor, so check out a preview below.

The Simpsons (FOX) Sunday, 8 p.m. - "Treehouse of Horror XXV"

Halloween special! - For many people, it's not Halloween without Treehouse of Horror, the annual Simpsons special that puts America's favorite cartoon family into a variety of spooky, pop-culture-inspired scenarios. This year, the tradition celebrates its 25th anniversary, and The Simpsons will mark the occasion with a horror-themed "crossover" in which the family will meet the earlier incarnations of themselves that appeared on The Tracey Ullman show back in 1987. The episode will also include Bart and Lisa in a demon-filled alternate dimension and a Clockwork Orange-style gang led by Moe the bartender.

Monday, October 13

The Originals (CW) 8 p.m. - "Alive and Kicking"

Klaus encourages Hayley to regain her position within her werewolf pack; Mikael tries to uncover a spell that will protect her loved ones; Davina and Kaleb are threatened when unexpected visitors crash their dinner; Klaus grows suspicious when a meeting with Cassie doesn't go as planned.

Gotham (FOX) 8 p.m. - "Arkham"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Sleepy Hollow (FX) 9 p.m. - "Go Where I Send Thee..."

Abbie and Ichabod's search for a missing child leads to the discovery of a demonic Pied Piper whose ties to the tot's family go back centuries.

Scorpion (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Shorthanded"

Team Scorpion go to Las Vegas for a simple casino job, but a robbery leads to Walter's arrest, leaving his colleagues to try and clear his name.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) 9 p.m. - "Droids in Distress"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Tuesday, October 14

The Flash (CW) 8 p.m. - "Fastest Man Alive"

Barry changes into the Flash when six gunmen storm a university event honoring a scientist, but his heroics don't match up to his expectations. Meanwhile, Iris becomes even more intrigued by the "red streak."

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Face My Enemy"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "Reichenbach"

Dean becomes more aggressive as a demon, and Crowley tells him it's because the Mark of Cain needs to be fed. Meanwhile, Sam is captured by an angry man who blames Dean for his father's death and wants revenge; and Hannah asks Metatron for help when Castiel's grace continues to fade.

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Beautiful Disaster"

The final five artists are given the task of creating beautiful elemental fairies born from disastrous scenarios.

Forever (ABC) 10 p.m. - "The Pugilist Break"

A community activist dies from an apparent drug overdose.

Person of Interest (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Brotherhood"

An NYPD gang investigation targets a pair of young siblings whom Reese is protecting, threatening his cover job as a detective.

Town of the Living Dead (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Dong of the Dead" and "Zombie Karate"

Tina's concern for the safety of her cast leads her to hire a fight coordinator even though John is against the idea. Later, John's mother makes an unexpected visit, causing even more tension on the already stressed-out set.

Wednesday, October 15

Arrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Sara"

A mysterious archer known as Komodo appears in town and begins skewering businessmen. Meanwhile, Oliver worries about Thea, which forces Roy to tell him the truth about why she left town; and Ray Palmer pursues Felicity. In a flashback, Oliver is assigned his first kill and the target is his best friend, Tommy.

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "A Textbook Case"

TAPS is called to an abandoned school in New Jersey to see if the souls of students are still roaming the halls.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX) 10 p.m. - "Massacres and Matinees"

A man from Ethel's troubled past arrives at camp. Meanwhile, Gloria arranges a play date for Dandy.

Thursday, October 16

Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "The Mask"

Robin's mask hides a terrible secret.

Steven Universe (TOON) 6:45 p.m. - "Secret Team"

Steven, Amethyst and Pearl accidentally pop a bubbled gem and form a Secret Team to secretly retrieve the missing shards.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8 p.m. - "Welcome to Paradise"

Elena and Caroline meet at a swimming hole where Elena plans to introduce her to Liam, but things don't go quite as planned. Meanwhile, Tyler asks Liv for a favor; Stefan returns to Mystic Falls and notices a strange change in Elena; Jeremy makes a discovery about the anti-magic spell that could put Elena in danger; and Damon and Bonnie stumble upon clues that lead them to believe they are not alone.

Friday, October 17

Legend of Korra ( - "The Coronation" 

It's time for Prince Wu's coronation.

Haven (Syfy) 7 p.m. - "The Old Switcheroo Part 2"

As Mara capitalizes on the fallout from the latest trouble to strike Haven, Nathan and Duke are forced to take a desperate and dangerous gamble to get Audrey back before she's lost forever.

Z Nation (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Resurrection Z"

An encounter with a seeming Utopian enclave and a religious cult results in a game changer when the survivors travel near Branson, Mo.

Saturday, October 18

Doctor Who (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Flatline"

Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception.

Finders Keepers (Syfy) 9 p.m.

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Sunday, October 19

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "The Apprentice"

Hook and Anna both set out to make deals with Rumplestiltskin.

The Simpsons (FOX) 8 p.m. - "Treehouse of Horror XXV"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Strangers"

With supplies running low, Rick leads a mission where the risk might not be worth the reward.

Resurrection (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Old Scars"

Margaret convinces Lucille to host a dinner celebrating Jacob's return, but the evening turns tense with the arrival of unexpected guests who end up putting a further strain on family relations. Meanwhile, Bellamy continues to research the history of the mysterious bones; and Rachael receives unsettling news about her baby.

Manhattan (WGN) 10 p.m. - "Perestroika"

Season finale! - Charlie's in trouble with the Army, and Frank ponders a new opportunity.