The ABC series that shares a title with the Easter holiday, Resurrection, was off last night, but two other shows dealing with spiritual and cosmic themes, NBC’s Believe and Fox’s Cosmos, got ratings bumps. Coincidentally, both air in Resurrection‘s 9 PM time slot and benefited from the benching of the midseason for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Believe (1.2 in 18-49, up 20% from last week to match a regular-slot high since the premiere) also was helped from a stronger lead-in from Dateline (0.9, up 13%) as NBC moved in to swap underperformed reality series American Dream Builders and the newsmagazine. In its first airing at 7 PM, Dream Builders (0.6) was down 14% from last week’s 8 PM episode to a new low. (NBC was pre-empted for an NBA game in Portland from 7-9 PM, so ratings for Dream Builders and Dateline may undergo adjustments.) At 10 PM Crisis (0.9) retreated 18% after a 10% bump the previous Sunday to a new low. Both midseason dramas have been considered very long shots for renewal. UPDATE: The Portland NBA game went into overtime, spilling beyond 9 PM to also pre-empt Believe and part of Crisis in the market, NBC just said in a note. That could explain the .2 rise for Believe, which will likely be adjusted down in the finals tomorrow.
Despite following American Dad, The Simpsons and Family Guy reruns vs originals last Sunday, Cosmos (1.4) bounced back from last week’s low, up +8%. Fox’s only other original offering last night was Bob’s Burgers (0.6) at 7 PM, down 25% from last week to a series low. Sandwiched between an Easter Charlie Brown special (0.9) and a HHF movie, ABC’s Once Upon a Time (1.7) was down 17% from last week to a new series low but it won’t count for the series’ season average as last night’s telecast was labeled as special. HHF telefilm In My Dreams (1.0) was down 29% from last year’s April HHF movie, Remember Sunday, and a new low for the franchise.
All CBS programs were down week-to-week but their ratings won’t count either as all were also designated as specials. 60 Minutes (1.1) was down -31% from last Sunday when it followed the conclusion of The Masters golf tournament, The Amazing Race (1.6) was down -11%, The Good Wife (1.4) was down -7%, and The Mentalist (1.4) was down -13%. The Good Wife was the most watched program of the night with 9.1 million, while Once was No.1 in 18-49. CBS won the night in total viewers and 18-49.