Ratings: Killing Looks Bloody Good, Kennedys Sets Reelz Record, Borgias Opens Strong

AMC’s well-reviewed The Killing got off to a solid start, drawing 2.7 million viewers with its first Sunday-night broadcast and amassing 4.6 million across two airings, Variety reports. As AMC debuts go, that’s second only to last Halloween’s The Walking Dead, which drew 5.6 mil.

Over on Reelz, the premiere of the Kennedys miniseries drew 1.9 million viewers — a record for that channel, says EW — while Showtime’s The Borgias totaled 1.49 million total viewers across two airings, besting Shameless‘ own opener (1.33 mil) to give the pay cabler a seven-year high for a drama debut.

Elswehere on Sunday , CBS’ broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards delivered the night’s largest audience (nearly 13 million viewers) and best demos (a 3.3 rating, up 3 percent year-over-year). Among the casualties, ABC’s long-MIA Desperate Housewives, for one, suffered an 18 percent hit in the demos and mustered just 8.8 million viewers.

A few more Sunday highlights:

* In the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s Secret Millionaire (9.7 mil/2.6) dipped 4 percent, while NBC’s Next Great Restaurant (3.9 mil/1.5) inched up 8 percent.

* Celebrity Apprentice averaged 8.5 million viewers and matched its season-high demo rating (3.1).

* A second installment of Dana Delany’s Body of Proof gave ABC its largest non-Oscars, Sunday-at-10 audience (8.44 mil) since December 12, though the series was down 35 percent from its Tuesday premiere.

What did you check out this Sunday evening?

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