TV Ratings: Audiences Drift Out on Easter Sunday


Burrows' 1,000th episode comes on the forthcoming NBC comedy Crowded, of which he directed several episodes. "Ideas are not important. The concept of the show is not that important. It’s the writing. It’s the execution of the idea," says Burrows of how he picks which projects to direct. "And then the next step is to make sure you cast it well. And then the next step is to make sure you have you’re in the right time slot."

Easter Sunday meant ratings drops for most of broadcast television. The night, which also faced competition from AMC's The Walking Dead, saw double-digit declines for many series.

Little Big Shots was still the easy winner for the night, but the NBC series suffered its first significant drop in the key demo: seven-tenths of a ratings point. The series averaged a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, before The Carmichael Show (1.0 adults) and Crowded (0.8 adults) also slipped. Hollywood Game Night held steady with a 0.7 rating in the key demo.

After CBS stalwart 60 Minutes slipped from last week's NCAA boost, grabbing a 0.8 rating with adults 18-49, Madam Secretary (1.0 adults), The Good Wife (0.9 adults) and Elementary (0.8 adults) were all mostly steady with the previous week. 

On ABC, with a steady Once Upon a Time (1.0 adults) as a lead-in, both The Family (0.6 adults) and Quantico (0.9 adults) also mostly held. Fox repeated Grease Live! to the tune of a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49.