There were finales and there were finales on Friday. Some shows, like CBS’ Blue Bloods (1.1/4) and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) ended their season while others ended altogether when the network hammers dropped this week. After a cycle in which it consistently took in the most viewers for its night and had solid ratings, the renewed police family drama ended its third season last night as the most watched show of the night with 9.90 million viewers, but third among Adults 18-49 for its 10 PM time slot. Blue Bloods was down 15% from last week’s show and down the same percentage from the 1.3/4 that its season 2 finale received on May 11, 2012. Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares saw Gordon Ramsay in Arizona as the unscripted series wrapped up its sixth season on Friday. The series was even with its May 3 show and dipped 8% from its fifth season ender on March 30, 2012.
Kiefer Sutherland may be returning to Fox in a limited series version of 24 but his Touch (0.6/2) won’t. After two lackluster seasons in two separate time slots, the network pulled the life support this week. Up 14% in viewers from its May 2 show, last night’s season and now series finale was even with last week’s show. Compared to its Season 1 closer on May 31, 2012, this year’s Touch crashed down 54%.
A goner from the minute it was moved to Fridays back in March, CBS’s turned off the lights on Vegas (0.9/3) this week. Preceded by Undercover Boss (1.6/6) last night, the freshman drama was the most second watched show of the night with 7.08 million viewers and even with last week. The 8 PM reality show, which doesn’t finish its fourth season until next week, was up 33% from the 1.2/5 of its May 2 show. CBS won Friday in total viewers with 7.692 million watching while ABC was No. 1 among Adults 18-49.
Another reality show did end its season last night with Season 2 of Fashion Star (0.5/2) picking a winner of their $3 million collection deal prize. The money is down from the $6 million the NBC series handed out in Season 1 and so was this year’s finale. Friday’s show was down 69% from the 1.6 it received on Tuesday May 15, 2012 with America’s Got Talent as a lead-in. Fashion Star was followed by Dateline NBC (1.1/4) on Friday, which was down a tenth from last week. It wasn’t a season finale for Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.2/4) on Friday but with the news earlier in the day that the show was cancelled after two tractionless seasons, the end was definitely nigh. Maybe the news helped the news magazine show a bit because Rock Center rose 8% from last week to hit its best result among Adults 18-49 in the past three months with the exception of the night the remaining Boston Marathon bomber was captured.
Starting the night with a Shark Tank (0.7/3) encore in the 8 PM slot where the just ended and now cancelled Happy Endings was last Friday; ABC had no finales last night. There was a new Shark Tank (1.8/6) at 9 PM. The highest rated show of the night, the original of the entrepreneurial competition series was up 6% from last week as was it lead-out 20/20 (1.7/5). Nikita (0.2/1) on the CW was flat with last week’s show.