The Charts: The Last Man on Earth Leads Three Genre Series in the Broadcast Net Top 25 for the Week

By | March 5, 2015

last-man-on-earth-fox-cancelledActivity in the charts has been pretty uneventful lately, especially for the broadcast network sci fi / fantasy shows.  But this past week saw three genre entries in the Top 25 based on the ratings in the 18-49 demo for the first time since Fall.  FOX’s new entry The Last Man on Earth lead the way on that list at the Number 12 spot while that same network’s Gotham was two rungs behind at Number 14 as it works its way back up following a brief ratings slump.  At Number 18 was ABC’s Once Upon A Time which returned on Sunday following a two and a half month hiatus.  I expect to see that latter series as well as Last Man on Earth drop next week (the typical trend after a return/premiere), but there’s still a good chance that they will rank in the Top 25 for at least one more week (and perhaps through season end if they level out).  Neither of those last two managed to rank in the Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 for the week, but they were in the daily Top 5 for Sunday night.  Also of note, Hallmark’s The Good Witch series premiere landed in the cable Top 25 for the week based on total viewers as that one scored well with its target audience.  The General Sentiment Top 25 which measures social network activity for the broadcast went through a bit more of a shuffle than usual as most The CW entries were on break last week and thus did not make an appearance.  Once Upon A Time was at Number 8 on that list while surprisingly The Last Man on Earth barely slipped in at Number 25.  12 Monkeys managed to creep back onto the General Sentiment Top 25 for cable shows and The Walking Dead of course again topped that chart for the week.

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of February 26th thru March 1st:

Nielsen Twitter Rankings
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
The Walking Dead AMC 2 3 Up
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Rating Prior Week
The Last Man on Earth FOX 12 n/a Up 2.4 n/a
Gotham FOX 14 23 Up 2.3 2.1
Once Upon A Time ABC 18 n/a Up 2.2 n/a
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Person of Interest CBS 15 17 Up 9.6 9.2
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
The Walking Dead AMC 1 1 Same 14.4 13.4
The Talking Dead AMC 2 2 Same 5.6 4.9
The Good Witch HALL 15 n/a Up 2.9 n/a
General Sentiment – Broadcast Networks Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Once Upon A Time ABC 8 n/a Up
Agent Carter ABC 9 11 Up
The 100 CW 13 13 Same
Sleepy Hollow FOX 14 19 Up
Gotham FOX 16 12 Down
Arrow CW 24 24 Same
The Last Man on Earth FOX 25 n/a Up
General Sentiment – Cable Channels Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
The Walking Dead AMC 1 1 Same
The Talking Dead AMC 9 17 Up
12 Monkeys Syfy 22 n/a Up

Nielsen Twitter Ratings ranked based on the Unique Audience – The total number of distinct Twitter accounts accruing at least one impression of one or more different Tweets ascribed to a TV episode.  More info at this link.

General Sentiment tracks activity across the social networks for shows airing new episodes in Prime Time (start times between 8:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST Monday – Saturday and 7:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST on Sunday).  This data collected on seven (7) major broadcast networks and 43 cable television networks.  More info at this link.

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