The 9 o’clock hour on Sunday night (March 9) proved to be unusually crowded, with two series premieres on the broadcast networks — “Resurrection” and “Cosmos” — and the finale of “True Detective” facing off against ratings behemoth “The Walking Dead.”
And as sometimes happens, all four of those shows came out all right.
“True Detective” delivered a series high of 3.5 million viewers for the first airing of its season finale, with that number growing to 4.9 million with a pair of repeats later in the night. (Demand for the episode caused streaming service HBO Go to crash.) The show has averaged about 11 million cumulative weekly viewers for the season, counting replays, DVR, on-demand and multi-platform views.
The biggest surprise of the night might be “Resurrection.” The ABC drama’s debut scored 13.3 million viewers — topping “The Walking Dead” (12.7 million) in viewers and finishing second in the hour in adults 18-49 to “TWD.”
“Cosmos” delivered an OK-not-great 5.8 million viewers and 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 on FOX — but the premiere was also simulcast on nine other FOX-owned cable channels. Factoring those in, the science series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson drew a healthy 8.5 million viewers and a 2.9 in the 18-49 demographic.