Big Bang sets record, Walking Dead wins + 34 other genre shows

We're very near the holiday break now, and some shows are already leaving us, but there's still plenty to talk about in TV. The Big Bang Theory once again set a record, dominating the whole week, while The Walking Dead slumped but still stayed on top, and Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue got some unwelcome news.

Check out our chart and commentary for more on how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day viewers and rating.



Revolution (NBC) 7.10 million viewers/2.6/7 share

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Revolution hit a new low in both viewers and rating yet again, and this time it only finished fifth on the night despite winning its timeslot. It's got until May to prove itself, but if it keeps slipping NBC might decide it's not worth keeping it that long.

Shows on Hiatus

Alphas (Syfy) — Returns Unknown

Being Human (Syfy) — Returns Jan. 14, 2013

Teen Wolf (MTV) — Returns 2013

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) — Returns April 2013


Arrow (CW)3.83 million viewers/1.2/3 share

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Arrow picked up some viewers but lost a little in its rating score. Still, it's one of The CW's top-performing shows, so no reason to worry.

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)2.77 million viewers/1.6

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American Horror Story dropped in viewers and rating and again lost the night to Duck Dynasty. It's still the second-most-watched show on Wednesday nights, though, so unless the duck people steal all its viewers, there's no reason to go insane.

Dragons: Riders of Berk (TOON) 1.80 million viewers/0.4

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Dragons returned from three weeks off to numbers basically even with what it had when it left. It's still strong for Cartoon Network.

The Neighbors (ABC)6.82 million viewers/1.9/5 share

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The Neighbors basically broke even in viewers but dipped in ratings to finish as one of the lowest-rated shows of the night. If it keeps slipping in those numbers, it might not have the juice to remain in ABC's largely sturdy Wednesday comedy block.

Supernatural (CW)2.32 million viewers/1.0/3 share

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Supernatural broke even in everything but share, where it went up. This show just keeps proving its consistency.

Shows on Hiatus

Futurama (Comedy) — Returns 2013


The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 17.63 million viewers/5.7/17 share

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Just when you thought The Big Bang Theory hit its ceiling in viewers and ratings, it set an all-time yet again this week, and it finished as the highest-rated non-football show of the week (second only to NBC's Sunday Night Football). What's more, it beat the show in third place by more than a point.

Person of Interest (CBS) 14.57 million viewers/3.1/8 share

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Person of Interest lost a few viewers but picked up a bit in the ratings, finishing as the second-most-watched show of the night.

Elementary (CBS) 10.75 million viewers/2.3/7 share

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Elementary also dropped a few viewers but gained in the ratings to once again win its timeslot.

Last Resort (ABC) 5.68 million viewers/1.2/4 share

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Last Resort slumped to a new low in viewers and ratings, and ABC promptly canceled it. Despite critical buzz, viewers just never flocked to this show. It was fun while it lasted.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 2.84 million viewers/1.3/4 share

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The Vampire Diaries lost viewers and ratings this week, but there's no need to worry. It's still top dog at The CW, so fans shouldn't expect it to go anywhere just yet.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) 1.56 million viewers/0.6/2 share

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Beauty and the Beast slipped again in viewers and rating to finish as the lowest-rated show of the night by half a point. It's not doomed yet, but it is underperforming. We'll see if it can stick around.

Shows on Hiatus

Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown

Touch (Fox) — Returns Feb. 1, 2013

Wilfred (FX) — Returns 2013


Haven (Syfy)1.61 million viewers/0.5

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Haven broke even in viewers but gained a ratings point to keep it strong at Syfy as we head into the holidays.

Fringe (FOX) 2.70 million viewers/0.9/3 share

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Fringe gained back some viewers this week but only managed to break even in the ratings.

Grimm (NBC)5.03 million viewers/1.6/5 share

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Grimm slumped again in its fall finale, but still put up mostly solid numbers heading into a busy holiday season. We'll see how it performs when it returns in 2013.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD) — OFF

Tron: Uprising had the week off.

Shows on Hiatus

Lost Girl (Syfy) — Returns January 2013

Merlin (Syfy) — Returns Unknown

Spartacus (Starz) — Returns January 25, 2013


Clone Wars (TOON)1.95 million viewers/0.5

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Clone Wars again gained viewers this week. It's still doing very well for Cartoon Network.

Shows on Hiatus

Bedlam (BBC) — Returns Unknown

Doctor Who (BBC) — Returns December 2012


Once Upon a Time (ABC) — OFF

Once Upon a Time had the week off. It returns Sunday.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) — OFF

666 Park Avenue also had the week off, but its break also came with a cancellation notice. If you're a fan, you've got six episodes left, and after that it's done.

The Walking Dead (AMC)9.21 million viewers/4.9

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The Walking Dead slumped in both viewers and rating this week but still stayed atop the Sunday night pyramid. This show dominates even when it has an off night.

Shows on Hiatus

Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns 2013

Game of Thrones (HBO) — Returns March 31, 2013

True Blood (HBO) — Returns 2013

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