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SFTV Week 4: ‘Walking Dead’ eats the competition, Beauty and the Beast falls off the map

SFTV Week 4: ‘Walking Dead’ eats the competition, Beauty and the Beast falls off the map

In its fourth season debut, Sunday’s The Walking Dead on AMC scared up a total audience of more than 16 million viewers with an 8.2 audience rating in the key 18-49-year-old, meaning that close to 1/3 of all TV viewers in that age range watched the show.

The only show with a higher rating in the 7-11 p.m. Sunday prime time was FOX’s Saints/Patriots football game (which drew 26.74 million total viewers and a 9.3/32 rating in the 18-49 demo). TWD is near-certain to not only be the highest rated genre show, it is the highest-rated scripted show on TV this week.

Meanwhile, CW’s Beauty and the Beast is getting beheaded by surprise FOX hit, Sleepy Hollow. A new episode of BATB was the lowest-rated genre show on TV this week – including reruns.

SFTV ratings ranked by sheer number of viewers for the fourth week of the 2013-2014 television season:

Ratings: Sun 10/14 – Sat 10/19/13

Show   Episode  Network   Day/Time Viewers (million) 18-49 #/%
Walking Dead S04E01 – 30 Days Without an Accident AMC Sun 9/8 16.11 8.2/30
Person of Interest  S03E04 – Reasonable Doubt CBS Tue 10/9 12.69 2.2/6
Toy Story of Terror (Halloween Special) ABC Wed 8/7 10.54 3.1/10
Sleepy Hollow S01E05 – John Doe FOX Mon 9/8 7.59 2.6/7
Once Upon a Time S03E03 – Quite a Common Fairy ABC Sun 8/7 7.36 2.3/6
Revolution   S02E04 – Patriot Games NBC Wed 8/7 5.42 1.4/4
American Horror Story: Coven  S03E01 – Boy Parts FX Wed 10/9 4.51 2.5/7
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland S01E02 – Trust Me ABC Thu 8/7 4.53 1.2/4
The Neighbors  S02E04 – The One With Interspecies ABC Fri 8:30/7:30 4.27 1.0/4
Arrow   S02E02 – Identity CW Wed 8/7 3.06 1.1/3
The Vampire Diaries  S05E03 – Original Sin CW Thu 8/7 2.93 1.3/4
Supernatural  S09E02 – Devil May Care CW Tue 9/8 2.33 1.0/3
Sleepy Hollow (encore)   S01E05 – John Doe FOX Fri 9/8 2.32 0.8/3
The Originals  S01E03 – Tangled Up in Blue CW Tue 8/7 2.22 1.1/3
Tomorrow People S01E01 – In Too Deep CW Wed 9/8 2.15 0.8/2
Reign  S01E01 – Pilot  CW Thu 9/8 2.0 0.8/2
Witches of East End  S01E02 – Millicent Fenwick, R.I.P. LIFE Sun 10/9 1.92 0.8/2
Haven  S04E06 – Countdown SYFY Fri 10/9 1.45 0.4/1
Reign (encore)  S01E01 – Pilot CW Fri 8/9 1.09 0.3/1
Beauty and the Beast  S02E02 – Kidnapped CW Mon 9/8 0.92 0.3/1
Last updated: October 21, 2013 at 19:39 pm

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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