It was a hard task for a male-skewing show like The Last Man On Earth to face one of the highest-rated entertainment telecasts with male viewers last night, the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The rookie comedy, which aired back-to-back originals against the zombie drama, was dinged up pretty bad, drawing a 1.4 among adults 18-49 at 9 PM, down 26% from last week, and 1.2 at 9:30 PM, down 25%. Last Man has been heavily DVR-ed, so it likely will close some of the gap in delayed viewing. Still, the rookie needs to show some spunk next Sunday, when there will be no Walking Dead competition, to seal its pretty good renewal chances.
ABC’s 9 PM newbie, drama Secrets & Lies, is more female-skewing, so it was less impacted by the AMC juggernaut. The murder mystery, which also is getting a sizable DVR bump and just hit a series high in Live+3, drew a 1.3 in 18-49, down 13% from last week. Once Upon A Time (1.7) at 8 PM was down 6% from last week, Revenge (1.0) at 10 PM, in which Emily Thorne finally publicly revealed her identity, was down 9%.
CBS’ primetime was scrambled again because of a NCAA basketball overrun, which bled 17 minutes into primetime. It boosted 60 Minutes (about 2.1, up from 1.7 last week). Madam Secretary (1.3), The Good Wife (1.0) and Battle Creek (0.8) are currently running even with last year.
NBC aired the second iHeart Radio Music Awards (1.7 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall from 8-11 PM ET). It matched the 18-49 rating for its inaugural edition last spring, which aired on May 1 on a different night, Thursday, and was off in viewers by 5%.