We knew going into Sunday that it was going to be interesting to look at the cable ratings for two separate reasons. First and foremost, we were going to see how some shows withstood airing on the day before July 4, otherwise known as a time in which it is hard to draw big numbers.
However, there was an interesting trade-off in general for shows like “The Last Ship” and “Preacher,” given that the two of them would not have to air against “Game of Thrones,” otherwise known as the wrecking ball for ratings on HBO. It’s the sort of show that you really have to watch live, since otherwise you run the risk of friends spoiling it for you. In some ways, we wondered if these two factors would offset each other going into the night … and maybe they did to some extent.
For “The Last Ship,” it feels more that it was damaged by the holiday more so than “Game of Thrones,” posting (per TVbythenumbers) a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic that ties its series low. It makes some sense that the show would face a decline here, given that “The Last Ship” is in particular a fairly patriotic show that celebrates American heroes; many of its viewers are pretty likely to have partaken in some July 4 festivities early.
Meanwhile, “Preacher” continued to hold steady at around a 0.5 rating. While this show isn’t necessarily blowing the ratings out of the water, it’s decent for an AMC show in its first season, especially one that is this entertaining.
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