Ratings: NBC's A.D. Lords Over Competition, Madam Secretary Slips

A.D. Bible Continues Ratings

The premiere of NBC’s A.D. The Bible Continues on Sunday drew 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.3 demo rating, topping all broadcast competition in both measures.

That marks the Peacock network’s highest-rated drama debut sans a Voice lead-in since The Cape in January 2011.

At 10 pm, American Odyssey debuted to 5.4 mil and a 1.2, retaining barely half of its lead-in. TVLine readers gave it an average grade of “B.”


CBS | Madam Secretary (9.1 mil/1.1) fell 21 percent in both measures, tying its series low in the demo. The Good Wife (7.8 mil/1.0) slipped in audience but was steady in the demo. Battle Creek (5.7 mil/0.7) dipped to series lows.

ABC | The Ten Commandments (6.8 mil/1.4) was up 19 and 40 percent from last year, when it aired on a Saturday.

As always and forever, cable ratings (e.g. Mad Men) come in much, much later, and when merited are reported under separate cover.

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    One critic says A.D. The Bible Continues is HOUSE OF CARDS MEETS GAME OF THRONES.

  2. Remy says:

    Anybody else watch the insanity that was If There Be Thorns & The Lizzie Borden Chronicles last night?

  3. Mike R. says:

    Ok, but how sad is it that The Cape was NBC highest rated drama premiere without The Voice as a lead in. Like…

  4. Patsy says:

    AD was more biblical than any other Jesus movies I have seen. I enjoyed it. The scenery was beautiful.

    • Gerald says:

      Pretty biblical. Had a lot more of the wives than was ever mentioned in the bible, but i’m okay with that. I was disappointed they omitted the conversation on the cross with the two thieves. The angel at the end was very well depicted. I look forward to more.

  5. hipster says:

    Wow. I don’t even remember what ‘The Cape’ was. I’m assuming some superhero adaptation?

    • The Cape was an original character. Original in the sense that the TV show was the only medium the character was depicted, not original in the sense that it was basically another Batman clone. But hey, it had Keith David and Summer Glau. So, that’s something.

  6. ChicagoDan says:

    Any chance that CBS changes its mind about MS – the ratings have been bad most of the season (take away some inflation with football) and horrible this spring. It’s down by at least 20%-40% from what TAR drew in same slot. CBS can’t seriously carry this series to syndication. TGW is safe for a final season because of the streaming deals/long history of acclaim. MS doesn’t have any of those things going for it.

  7. AW says:

    Ratings for A.D.! Truly, truly miraculous, considering that it’s on a major network this time around and came in #1 for the night! Looking forward to the DVD now!

  8. JBC says:

    Really enjoyed AD. It was very well done. Looking forward to more episodes, since most biblical movies don’t go past the Resurrection. Also enjoyed the Roma Downey and Mark Burnett interview on Dateline before AD came on.

  9. N0S4A2 says:

    I wonder how the other show about Jesus show, “Killing Jesus” with Kelsey Grammer? I wonder how it did with the ratings… I watched both shows and enjoyed them both although I think I liked A.D. a little better…

  10. James says:

    Matt, do you know the status of the religious mini series that was supposed to have Wes Craven as director in one of its episodes? I think Michael Cera and Lee Daniels were also involved. Thank you!

  11. Praise God , We need more shows like this and back to the Basi says:

    It just to show how Movies like that attract Ratings. Take note to give Is more shows like that and good Family Movies and Debbie MaComber stories,Danielle Steels Fern Michaels and good Topics Shows unlike Reality Shows. We see one We see them all it’s like Porn! Once You view one You, re done! Samo samo! Congrats NBC!

  12. Praise God , We need more shows like this and back to the Basi says:

    Keep on bringing Good movies on. Your ratings are going Sky High? Why? Common Sense Congrats and would love to see Movies like Danielle Steel Movies , Debbie McComber , Fern Michaels , good Family Movies for a change! I will start watching NBC ! I didn’t watch your Channel much in the Past, but bring good shows on and We are in!

  13. A.D. Amazing! Well Done! I am looking forward to the next Sunday A.D. feast…very well done.

  14. Barbara Agnew says:

    Sadly, I really love Madam Secretary, like The Good Wife and like Battle Creek. Am still missing The Mentalist. Would like to see more of these and less mindless comedies. Love Big Bang Theory, not so crazy about 2 Broke Girls, very base and low class. Do not miss Two and a Half Men either.