The heavily hyped return of “Twin Peaks” on Showtime didn’t draw much of an audience Sunday, with scarcely more than half a million people tuning in to the two-hour premiere.
The premiere, which came nearly 26 years after the show last aired on ABC, drew just 506,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49. It finished well out of the Top 25 original shows on cable for the day. Both its premium cable competitors, “The Leftovers” on HBO (0.3, 770,000) and “American Gods” on Starz (0.3, 631,000) drew somewhat larger audiences — as did the likes of “Keeping Up with the Karadashians” (0.6, 1.33 million) and “Naked and Afraid” (0.6, 1.99 million).
A replay of the “Twin Peaks” premiere drew an additional 120,000 viewers, and Showtime says streaming and on-demand viewing added 450,000 more viewers for a nightly total of 1.08 million. Parts 3 and 4 were made available to stream or view on demand immediately after the premiere; viewing numbers for those aren’t available yet.
The day’s leader by far was Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. It delivered a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7 million viewers, tops on all of TV Sunday, cable or broadcast.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, May 21, 2017
|Show||Net||Time||Total Viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||8:30 PM||6,997||2.9|
|INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||11:09 PM||3,340||1.5|
|NBA PLAYOFFS PREGAME||TNT||8:00 PM||2,563||1.0|
|THE DUNK KING||TNT||11:51 PM||1,549||0.7|
|NAKED AND AFRAID XL||DISCOVERY||10:01 PM||2,204||0.7|
|NAKED AND AFRAID||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,991||0.6|
|KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS||E!||9:00 PM||1,328||0.6|
|MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES||ADULT SWIM||11:30 PM||1,140||0.6|
|IRON CHEF GAUNTLET||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,667||0.5|
|LAST WEEK TONIGHT||HBO||11:02 PM||1,416||0.5|
|INTO THE BADLANDS||AMC||10:00 PM||1,369||0.5|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC||BRAVO||8:00 PM||1,069||0.4|
|SILICON VALLEY||HBO||10:02 PM||844||0.4|
|BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||9:30 PM||1,750||0.4|
|FOOD NETWORK STAR: COMEBACK KITCHEN||FOOD||8:00 PM||1,527||0.4|
|BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||9:00 PM||1,710||0.4|
|LIGA MX||UNIVISION DEPORTES||6:31 PM||747||0.4|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:00 PM||1,334||0.4|
|LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||8:30 PM||1,435||0.3|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:30 PM||1,534||0.3|
|RIVER MONSTERS||ANIMAL PLANET||9:00 PM||905||0.3|
|SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES||FOX NEWS||10:00 AM||3,038||0.3|
|LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||8:00 PM||1,435||0.3|
|MLB SUNDAY NIGHT||ESPN||8:00 PM||1,212||0.3|
|BOISE BOYS||HGTV||1:00 PM||1,281||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company.