Doctor Who returned this week for a special episode, and brought with it a lot of fandom and a new ratings record.
The 50th-anniversary Who story "Day of the Doctor" was the highest-rated broadcast ever on BBC America, and that's not even counting all the people watching in theaters and the 10.2 million viewers who tuned in in the U.K. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory were predictably dominant, and Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. finally got a ratings boost.
Check out the numbers and commentary below to see how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day ratings.
MONDAY, November 18
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 7.09 million viewers/2.5/6 share
Sleepy Hollow took a small ratings drop this week, but its numbers overall are comfortingly consistent. Looks like it's got an audience willing to follow where it leads. We'll see if anyone else joins the ride before the year's out.
Beauty and the Beast (CW) 0.68 million viewers/0.3/1 share
Beauty and the Beast dropped viewers again after a boost last week, but didn't lose its ratings score. That's good news. The bad news, though, is that the ratings score wasn't that high to begin with.
Almost Human (FOX) 6.76 million viewers/2.3/6 share
After a very strong premiere, Almost Human lost quite a few viewers and a hefty chunk of its premiere demo score when it moved to Mondays for the second part of its two-night premiere event. The Monday numbers were good enough to tie it for second in its timeslot, and tie it for fifth on the night overall. That's not bad, but now we have to see if it keeps dropping amid some stiff Monday competition.
Shows on Hiatus
Bates Motel (A&E) — Returns 2014
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, November 19
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 6.89 million viewers/2.4/7 share
We've talked a lot over the last few weeks about the continued ratings drops Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has suffered, and we've been wondering all the while if the show will just keep spiraling down until ABC has to cancel it. Well, this week fans have some good news. After six straight weeks of drops, the show picked up both more viewers and a higher demo score this week, good enough to put it in second place in its timeslot. It could, of course, drop again later, but for the moment this is an encouraging sign that the show may be leveling off or even gaining on the competition. We'll keep a close eye on the remaining 2013 episodes.
Person of Interest (CBS) 12.28 million viewers/2.0/6 share
Person of Interest lost a few viewers but held on to a solid demo score to keep its big midseason event rolling.
Supernatural (CW) 2.01 million viewers/0.9/2 share
Supernatural slumped a bit this week, but even with this drop it still hasn't dropped below 2 million viewers once this season.
The Originals (CW) -- OFF
Ravenswood (ABC Family) 1.10 million viewers/0.4
Ravenswood lost a little off its demo score for its 2013 finale after its first boost last week. We'll see if it can rebound in the new year.
WEDNESDAY, November 20
American Horror Story: Coven (FX) 3.99 million viewers/2.2
Coven slipped slightly this week but remains a very powerful Wednesday night force.
Arrow (CW) 2.66 million viewers/1.0/3 share
Arrow slipped a bit this week, but it's rebounded from much lower before, and it's got plenty of event TV stuff coming up, so don't worry.
Revolution (NBC) 5.37 million viewers/1.4/4 share
Revolution picked up viewers but dropped its demo score again to tie for its lowest ever.
The Tomorrow People (CW) 1.70 million viewers/0.6/2 share
The Tomorrow People held its demo score and picked up a few viewers for another OK week.
THURSDAY, November 21
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 18.94 million viewers/5.3/16 share
The Big Bang Theory 's Thanksgiving episode earned it a boost in both viewers and demo score. No surprise there.
Elementary (CBS) 9.24 million viewers/1.8/5 share
Elementary got a very nice rebound after last week's drop, picking up a nice chunk of viewers and two tenths of a ratings point.
The Vampire Diaries (CW) 2.67 million viewers/1.3/4 share
The Vampire Diaries lost a few viewers but held on to its demo score to stay on top of The CW.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) 3.53 million viewers/0.9/3 share
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland broke even with its low demo score and also hit a new low in viewers. Another bad sign for a struggling series.
DreamWorks' Dragons: Defenders of Berk (TOON) 1.18 million viewers/0.3
Dragons held its somehwat low demo score and lost viewers to the point that it very nearly hit a new low.
Shows on Hiatus
Archer (FX) — Returns 2014
Hannibal (NBC) — Returns 2014
Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown
Wilfred (FX) — Returns Unknown
FRIDAY, November 22
Dracula (NBC) -- OFF
Grimm (NBC) -- OFF
Haven (Syfy) 1.45 million viewers/0.4
Haven held its demo score this week but lost a few viewers. We'll see if it can get a boost in the final two episodes of the season next month.
The Neighbors (ABC) 3.93 million viewers/0.8/3 share
The Neighbors picked up a tenth of a ratings point but hit another new low in viewers. Hope is fading for this one.
Shows On Hiatus
Continuum (Syfy) — Returns 2014
Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) — Returns 2014
SATURDAY, November 23
Doctor Who (BBCA) 2.43 million viewers/1.1
Doctor Who's big 50th-anniversary blowout didn't disappoint BBC America. The special episode, "Day of the Doctor," drew a record audience for the network, which is especially impressive when you consider that it initially aired not in prime time, but in the early afternoon. When you combine these numbers with the prime-time encore, you get 3.6 million for the day, and that's not even counting all the people who went to see the show in movie theaters. We'll see if comparably big numbers come in when Matt Smith regenerates into Peter Capaldi come Christmas.
Atlantis (BBCA) 0.83 million viewers/0.2
Atlantis premiered this week with numbers that look dull compared to Doctor Who, but are actually quite good for a BBC America series. The premiere numbers, for instance, best many episodes of new hit drama Orphan Black, and that one's coming back for season two. The question now is how many people will wind up sticking around to see what happens next on Atlantis.
Shows on Hiatus
Orphan Black (BBC) -- Returns April 2014
In The Flesh (BBC) — Returns Spring 2014
SUNDAY, November 24
The Walking Dead (AMC) 11.29 million viewers/5.7
The Walking Dead slipped again this week, but it'll take more than this drop to harm its dominance.
Once Upon a Time (ABC) -- OFF
Witches of East End (Lifetime) 1.50 million viewers/0.6
Witches of East End lost some viewers but got a boost to its demo score. It seems to be leveling off, but we'll see if more boosts are in its future.
Shows on Hiatus
Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns 2014
Game of Thrones (HBO) — Returns Spring 2014
True Blood (HBO) — Returns 2014