'Good Wife' ratings up for Josh Charles shocker

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The Good Wife saw a ratings surge Sunday night for a shocking episode.

Last night’s hour had 8.9 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, the legal drama’s best rating since January. While fans didn’t know the dramatic event was coming, Nielsen counts DVR playback until well after midnight, so it’s quite possible that the numbers climbed as word started to spread via social media about a big twist involving Josh Charles’ character — or it could be that some sports overrun that delayed CBS’ primetime are somewhat skewing these early numbers. At any rate, Charles will be on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, and here’s more from EW on the twist.

Meanwhile, NBC’s new dramas Crisis and Believe were both down about 20 percent from last week. So was ABC’s new drama Resurrection (but it was still about double the NBC shows). Fox’s Cosmos fell another 15 percent.

Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 7:00P BOB’S- 1.2 2,535
7:30P AM DAD- 1.3 2,707
8:00P SIMPSONS- 1.9 3,934
8:30P FAMILY GUY- 2.2 4,282
9-10P COSMOS- 1.7 4,228
ABC 7-8P AMR-VIDEOS- 1.3 6,740
8-9P ONCE-TIME- 2.0 6,612
9-10P RESURRECTN- 2.5 9,223
10-11P REVENGE- 1.6 5,708
CBS 7:00P NCAA OVERRUN S 3.9 13,933
7:30P NCAA OVERRUN/60 MINUTES S/O 3.1 13,084
8:00P 60 MINUTES 2.0 10,997
8:30P 60 MINUTES/AMAZNG RACE 1.8 8,945
9:00P AMAZNG RCE 1.8 9,189
9:30P AMAZNG RACE/GOOD WIFE 1.5 8,493
10:00P GOOD WIFE 1.4 9,302
10:30P GOOD WIFE/MENTALIST 1.2 8,188
NBC 7-8P VOICE 3/23 RS 0.8 3,406
8-9P DREAM P 0.9 3,571
9-10P BELIEVE- 1.2 5,059
10-11P CRISIS- 1.3 5,043

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