Aquarius Ratings

Ratings: Aquarius Returns 'Up,' But Low

NBC’s ad-free Aquarius Season 2 premiere triple-play averaged 2.7 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating on Thursday night, which is technically “up” from its Season 1 finale (which did 1.1 mil/0.2, banished to a Saturday) but down a tick from its freshman run average (2.8 mil/0.5). But hey, no commercials/advertisers to carp, so….

For those who want/need to see Aquarius‘ episode-by-episode breakdown, it went: 3 mil/0.5 > 2.7 mil/0.4 > 2.4 mil/0.4.

Slam-dunking Thursday of course was ABC’s NBA Finals coverage, with 16.8 million total viewers and a 6.3 demo rating — up from Game 5’s fast nationals (16.2 mil/6.0) but down from the prelim numbers for last year’s deciding Game 6 (19 mil/7.2). Regardless, monster numbers coming on Sunday.

Elsewhere: Fox’s Bones (3.9 mil/0.7) slipped 15 percent and two tenths to new series lows, while Home Free (2.4 mil/0.6) was down from all its Season 1 numbers…. The CW’s Beauty and the Beast (810K/0.2) was steady.