There were no awards shows and no sporting events nationally on the networks in primetime last night, but it was a full house of originals across the board on the first Sunday of the May sweep. With everyone fielding a team for the first time in two weeks, on Fox the animation-heavy night started on fire. Coming off a series low on Easter Sunday last week, Bob’s Burgers (0.8/3) had a massive surge of 83% in the adults 18-49 demo. That remarkable rise was followed by American Dad (1.2/4), which grew 9% from its last original April 13. The Simpsons (1.5/5) unfortunately did not get the same benefit, suffering a 12% drop from its last original two weeks ago. There were young lovers on the run on last night’s Family Guy (2.1/6) and the not-always best of pals Jerome and Peter had to find them; the episode was even with its last original. Tied with Once Upon A Time for the night’s highest-rated show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.4/4) was also even week-over-week.
The winner of the night among Adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 rating, ABC had a pretty good start to its Sunday too. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/6) was up 23% from it last new show on April 13. The good time weren’t just limited to unscripted TV for ABC as Once Upon A Time (2.1/6) flew 24% from its show last week. That’s a 3-week high for Once, which also saw a 17% rise in its total viewers over its April 20 show to 6.9 million. Once is where the up-swing ended for ABC. Back after a week off, freshman Resurrection (1.9/5) slipped 10% from its April 13 broadcast to hit its lowest result so far. With that lead-in, the third to last show of the third season of Revenge (1.2/3) saw the soap dip 8% from its April 13 show to a series low.
With Lesley Stahl going behind the scenes and down deep into America’s nuclear missile defense, 60 Minutes (1.8/6) was up 27% from last week’s designated special. The newsmag was also the most watched show of the night with 10.33 million viewers. While it was less than half of 60 Minutes’ rise, The Amazing Race also rose double digits – up 12% from its April 20 show. Not unexpectedly, there was a lot of sex and politics on The Good Wife (1.3/3) on Sunday plus a very cold opening. The Josh Charles-directed episode was even with last week’s show. That didn’t prove helpful to The Mentalist which fell 14% from last week to tie a series low. Overall, CBS was the most watched network of the night with 9.204 million viewers.
In its 7 PM slot for the second week, American Dream Builders (0.7/2) constructed some serious numbers last night. The usually unstable freshman NBC home improvement reality series was up a whooping 40% over its April 20th show. However, to give some Pacific Northwest perspective, NBC’s primetime was preempted in Portland by the NBA playoffs round 1 as the Trailblazer topped the Houston Rockets in overtime. That means that NBC’s preliminary numbers are likely inflated and will be adjusted in the final numbers later today. With that in mind, Dateline (1.1/3) was also up double digits with a 38% rise over its 8PM show of last week. Consequently, against a full time slot of competition, the Alfonso Cuaron co-created Believe (1.2/9) bopped up 9% for its best result since March 23. After a night like that, fellow newbie Crisis (1.0/3) would be hard pressed not to see an improvement. And it did, rising 11% from last week.