No definite word yet where it could end up next year but last night was, without putting too fine a point on it, a happy ending for the third season of ABC’s Happy Endings. The 8 PM (0.8/3) airing of the Windy City-based thirtysomethings comedy rocketed it up 33% from last week’s series low. The actual season finale at 8:30 PM (0.7/3) rose 17% from its April 26 show, which had been even with the prior original two weeks before. So now the question for ABC’s ratings challenged but youngest skewing show is will the network bring Happy Endings back, will it die or is it heading over to USA Network? Otherwise, the rest of ABC’s night was a bit of a mix. While the highest rated show of the night, Shark Tank (1.7/5) fell 15% from last week. However, at 10 PM, the “True Confessions” episode of 20/20 (1.6/5) repeated one of the Happy Endings shows’ results and shot up 33% from its April 26 show. That also ties the news magazine series best performance in the 25-54 demo since November 30 last year. ABC won the night among adults 18-49 but CBS took the top spot in terms of total viewers.
Over on CBS, everyone except Blue Bloods (1.3/4) took a hit. The most watched show of the night with 9.86 million tuning in, the family police drama was even with last week’s show. Otherwise, Undercover Boss (1.2/5) took a sharp 29% fall from its April 25 airing and the dead duck known as Vegas (0.9/3) was down 10% from last Friday. Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) was up 10% from last week while the unsteady Touch (0.6/2) was even with its April 26 show. NBC’s Fashion Star (0.7/3) was also even with last week while Dateline NBC (1.2/4) was down 14% and Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.1/3) was up 22% from its April 26 show. The CW’s Nikita (0.3/1) matched last week’s performance.