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.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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