TV THIS WEEK: Daredevil premieres, Game of Thrones returns, and more!

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Apr 6, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

It's a particularly big TV week even if you don't count Netflix, but add in the long-awaited arrival of Daredevil and it gets huge. Marvel Studios' first streaming venture arrives on Friday, but there's plenty more to enjoy. Friday also brings the season finales of both 12 Monkeys and Helix, and, of course, on Sunday we get the much-anticipated season-five premiere of Game of Thrones

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


Highlights of the Week

iZombie (CW) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Liv and Let Clive"

Now that iZombie has a few episodes under its belt, let's check in and see how it's doing. The new comic-book-based series about a sentient zombie who solves crimes by eating pieces of brain and absorbing some memories (and other traits) of the brain's former owner arrived to critical acclaim a few weeks back, and it had the added advantage of landing the timeslot immediately following freshman hit The Flash. So, how did it do? While it couldn't hold on to all of Flash's strong lead-in audience, iZombie put up solid numbers in its premiere, with 2.3 million live viewers and an 0.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. That's not as good as The Flash did, but it is better than Supernatural was doing in the same timeslot, and while the show's lost a little steam in the weeks since, it hasn't lost much. It hasn't exactly been a ratings juggernaut for the network, but it's doing well, and things get particularly encouraging when you factor in DVR numbers. The series premiere more than doubled its 18-49 demo score in Live+3, and climbed to more than 3 million total viewers. If iZombie can keep that trend going, it'll be around for a while.

Daredevil (Netflix) Friday, Streaming - Full Season

Series premiere! - At last, the first Marvel Studios Netflix original lands this week, and it lands all at once, so many of us will likely be bingeing the series right up until it's Game of Thrones time on Sunday. As you've probably heard, Daredevil is the first of five (so far) planned Netflix series from Marvel, all of which will feature street-level heroes of one kind or another. We get Daredevil now, A.K.A. Jessica Jones later this year, Luke Cage next year, Iron Fist sometime after that and the team-up series Defenders sometime after all of that. At the moment, this all seems like a match made in heaven. Marvel's built a superhero movie empire over the last seven years, developing a shared universe that's produced billion-dollar films and already looks set to produce a few more, while Netflix has become an original programming juggernaut with hits like House of CardsOrange Is the New Black and, most recently, Bloodline. Now we just have to see if these two companies manage to stick the landing, and if the early reviews of Daredevil are any indication, they're starting strong. Check out a preview for the series below.

12 Monkeys (Syfy) Friday, 9 p.m. - "Arms of Mine"

Season finale! - It was easy to be skeptical about 12 Monkeys before it started, not just because it was a re-imagining of a cult classic film, but because it was a re-imagining of a cult classic film that was planning to go longform with things, taking a concept that had previous only been explored in a couple of hours and stretching it out for much longer. In the end, though, 12 Monkeys delivered creatively, expanding the mythology of the original film and going to some very interesting places. It also paid off from a ratings standpoint, delivering decent live numbers and absolutely fantastic DVR numbers (at one point the increase was more than 100 percent). Because it proved to be such a strong show down the stretch, Syfy's given it a second season, so while you won't see it again until next year, celebrate that this week's finale isn't the end. This week, Cole and Railly attempt a final confrontation, while Jones faces a new threat. 

Helix (Syfy) Friday, 10 p.m. - "O Brave New World"

Season finale! - By the very nature of its premise, season two of Helix was always going to be at least a little bit of a gamble, but the show's new locale, new supporting characters and new threat showed promise. Critics were with the show, fans of season one were ready to see what was next, and things started to slip a little bit on the ratings side. The season premiere delivered 1 million live viewers, nearly 1 million less than the series premiere, and by the second week it had slipped below the 1 million mark for the first time, and it hasn't been back since. By midseason, fewer than half a million viewers were watching live and now the number is steadily hovering around 0.5 million every week. Now, Helix is a cable series airing late on a Friday night, so huge live numbers might not be expected, but it's still pulling in a significantly smaller live audience than it did last season, and while DVR numbers will certainly offer a boost, it's noteworthy that Syfy renewed 12 Monkeys weeks ago and hasn't yet announced Helix's fate. That doesn't mean it's done, but it certainly could be. This week, Alan's relationship with Walker reaches a bloody climax. 

Game of Thrones (HBO) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "The Wars to Come"

Season premiere! - At last, it's Game of Thrones time again, and it's going to be a very interesting season. Season 4 brought many changes with it. Key characters died, other characters headed to entirely new locales, crowns changed hands, power struggles met bloody conclusions, and the stage is set for a lot of changes going forward. Season 4 also brought something many fans of the novels on which the series is based were a bit conflicted about: Serious deviations from author George R.R. Martin's plot, some of them with big implications. In Season 5, the show will be flat-out going beyond the plot laid out in Martin's five books so far, so even diehard fans of the novels might not be able to figure out what's coming. Game of Thrones was always a show with its own spirit, its own way of doing things, even with Martin closely tied to it, but now we get to see how showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss really get to walk in territory onscreen that Martin hasn't walked in print yet (though he is still presumably giving them plenty of advice and hints). We also, of course, get to see if the series can deliver even more ratings records for HBO. Check out a preview below.

Monday, April 6

The Originals (CW) 8 p.m. - "Exquisite Corpse"

Eva Sinclair's re-emergence leaves Rebekah trapped, so Klaus puts aside his mistrust for Freya to save Rebekah's life. Meanwhile, Hayley and Elijah learn more about Eva's violent past, and Marcel turns to Vincent for help to take down Eva, but his plan takes an unexpected turn.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil (Disney XD) 8 p.m. - "Monster Arm" and "The Other Exchange Student"

Marco breaks his arm before a big karate tournament, and Star tries to fix it with magic but accidentally turns it into a giant tentacle; a former exchange student visits the family, but Star believes he has an evil motive for returning.

The Returned (A&E) 10 p.m. - "Tony and Adam"

Julie and Nikki come together to look for Victor after he disappears from the community center, Tony makes a confession that has a profound impact on Adam, and Helen suspects the town may be evil.

Tuesday, April 7

Community (Yahoo! Screen) Streaming - "Laws of Robotics and Party Rights"

Jeff squares off against a charming prison inmate Willy who's attending Greendale via telerobot.

Powers (PSN) Streaming - "You Are Not It"

No synopsis available.

iZombie (CW) 9 p.m. - "Liv and Let Clive"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Full Steam Ahead"

The four remaining artists create unique Western steampunk cyborgs for the penultimate showdown.

Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Afterlife"

Robert Gonzales strikes, so Agent Coulson leaps into action to safeguard S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, Skye's personal mission leads her to cross paths with a mysterious Inhuman named Lincoln.

Forever (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Best Foot Forward"

A severed human foot in a ballet shoe is found in a dumpster at a theater and kicks off a search for a killer in the ultra-competitive world of ballet. Meanwhile, Jo balks at the pace of her relationship with Isaac, though Henry encourages her to be optimistic; Lucas helps Abe find out where Abigail went after leaving Henry; and Henry ponders Adam's theory about the gun that killed him the first time.

Person of Interest (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Search and Destroy"

Reese and Finch try to protect a software CEO whose behavior becomes erratic after a hacker attack reveals his secrets.

Wednesday, April 8

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Crowd Sourced"

The Cyber team hunt a bomber who is fixated on revealing the "truth" about society's overreliance on technology.

Thursday, April 9

Steven Universe (TOON) 5:30 p.m. - "Story for Steven"

Greg reveals how he met Rose-Quartz.

Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Oil Drums"

Cyborg can't find the remote.

Olympus (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Daedalus"

Oracle, Hero and the genius inventor Daedalus form an unlikely alliance to find the Ring of the Magi, which is Hero's birthright.

Dig (USA) 10 p.m. - "The Well of Souls"

Cohen arrests Emma's suspected killer; Peter makes a startling discovery; Avram and the red heifer are kidnapped in Croatia; and Billingham tries to prevent Debbie and Josh from exposing his secrets.

Vikings (History) 10 p.m. - "To The Gates!"

The Viking army attacks Paris as the city musters its forces for defense.

Elementary (CBS) 10 p.m. - "One Watson, One Holmes"

Holmes and Watson get caught in the middle of a digital war being fought on the Internet when a member of Everyone, the anonymous hacker group they periodically work with, is murdered.

Friday, April 10

Daredevil (Netflix) Streaming

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Grimm (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Hibernaculum"

Nick and Hank investigate a chilling string of murders committed by a rare Wesen with the ability to leave its victims frozen solid; at the same time, Juliette wants revenge on Adalind as she grapples with the feeling that she's losing her humanity. Elsewhere, Capt. Renard continues to suffer from mysterious bleeding and visions; and Monroe tries to come to grips with the Wesenrein incident.

12 Monkeys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Arms of Mine"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Helix (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "O Brave New World"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Saturday, April 11

Good Witch (Hallmark) 8 p.m. - "Together We Stand..."

Cassie and Sam deal with a severe medical emergency affecting one of Cassie's guests. Elsewhere, Grace worries about a possibly injured Brandon while she's stranded at the library with Nick and Anthony; and Abigail and Stephanie get better acquainted.

Outlander (Starz) 9 p.m. - "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"

With the arrival of the Duke of Sandringham, Jamie hopes the price on his head will be lifted, while Claire cares for an abandoned child.

Sunday, April 12

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9 p.m. - "The Wars to Come"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 9 p.m. - "The Do-Over" and "Pranks for Nothin'"

Phil's life in Tucson continues.

Silicon Valley (HBO) 10 p.m. - "Sand Hill Shuffle"

Season premiere! - This isn't a genre show, but it is about nerds, and it is really good, so we thought we'd let you know it's back. Season two begins with the Pied Piper guys being wined and dined by every venture capitalist under the sun, while Monica adjusts to a new managing partner at Raviga as the company faces major changes.

Salem (WGN) 10 p.m. - "Blood Kiss"

Mary initiates the second act of the Grand Rite; Alden returns to Salem.

(Episode synopses via TV Guide)