Ratings War: Can ‘Resurrection’ be as Successful as ‘The Walking Dead?’

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By Tarun Mazumdar | March 13, 2014 6:03 PM EST

It looks like ABC is ready to go head on with AMC for the Sunday primetime slot. The network has been struggling in the numbers department since "Desperate Housewives" left two years ago. According to Examiner, "666 Park Avenue" and Betrayal" were aired on Sunday nights and later cancelled. However, now ABC has "Resurrection" to give competition to shows like AMC's "The Walking Dead."

According to USA Today, "Resurrection" season 1 premiere racked in 13.9 million viewers. It was the No. 2 drama premiere this season.

"Resurrection" ranked No. 6 while "The Walking Dead" was placed at No. 7 with 12.7 million viewers on Sunday.

ABC's "Resurrection" might have more viewers but in the 18-49 age group demo it got only 3.6 million viewers. "The Walking Dead" championed the 18-49 demo with 8 million viewers more than double of "Resurrection."

According to Deadline, this was the second week ABC defeated AMC in the Sunday number game.

On March 9, "Resurrection" stole the show while on March 2, the broadcast of The 86th Annual Academy Awards defeated "The Walking Dead."

Check out the week's top 20 shows, courtesy USA Today.

1. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 18.1 million

2. NCIS, CBS, 17.9 million

3. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 15.6 million

4. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 14.5 million

5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 14.4 million

6. Resurrection, ABC, 13.9 million

7. The Walking Dead, AMC, 12.7 million

8. Blue Bloods, CBS, 12.0 million

9. The Millers, CBS, 11.6 million

10. Criminal Minds, CBS, 11.4 million

11. The Black List, NBC, 11.0 million

12. 60 Minutes, CBS, 10.7 million

13. Person of Interest, CBS, 10.6 million

14. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 10.5 million

15. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 10.4 million

16. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10.4 million

17. The Mentalist, CBS, 10.0 million

18. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 9.8 million

19. Survivor, CBS, 9.6 million

20. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 9.3 million

In order to be as successful as "The Walking Dead," "Resurrection" will have to capture the audience on Twitter.

"The Walking Dead" was clearly the undisputed champion of Twitter ratings on March 9 with 307,000 tweets and 4,214,000 unique audiences.

"Resurrection" will have to up its game in the Twitter universe to beat a show like "The Walking Dead."

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