JORDAN MASTERSON, TIM ALLENIt was almost a full house network-wise on Friday with a finale here, a real heating-up there and a high. The season finale was over on ABC, where Last Man Standing (1.3/5) wrapped up its third cycle. While bopping up 8% from last week’s show, the yet-to-be-renewed Tim Allen comedy was down 19% among adults 18-49 from its Season 2 ender on March 22, 2013. Garnering a 1.6/6 rating and 7.85 million in its 8 PM slot, the half-hour show’s finale was also up against Night 2 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last year. Last night’s LMS finale pulled in 5.85 million viewers. And what a difference a month can make: TV usage levels were 13% higher on March 22 last year than they were last night.

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ABC’s only other original of the night, Shark Tank (1.7/6), was the highest-rated show of the night and even with its April 18 result. Being that the entrepreneurial reality series tends to see a rise of a tenth at least in the final numbers, expect this morning’s preliminary result to be adjusted. With that in mind and as the only network not to be putting out a full schedule of originals last night, ABC won primetime among the key demo for the fourth Friday in a row. The network had a 1.4/5 rating, with CBS coming in second with a 1.2/4. CBS won the night in total viewers with 9.19 million watching.

carol
12 months
last man standing is very funny pĺease renew!
Rodney
12 months
Love the show. Tells it like it is with great humor
king
12 months
Dumb ass.

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Speaking of CBS, the viewership may have been tops on Friday, but the demo ratings were tepid. Unforgettable (0.9/4) was even with last week’s show while Hawaii Five-0 (1.2/4) and Blue Bloods (1.3/4) were both down a tenth from their last originals on April 11. Unsurprisingly, the Tom Selleck-led police drama was the most-watched show of the night with an audience of 10.81 million, down just a tad from the 10.97 million who tuned in two weeks ago.

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Kitchen Nightmare April 25 2Over on Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay tried to help turn around a flailing Italian joint by cutting down on its prodigious pasta production on the one hand and staging a pasta-eating contest on the other. The end result was a very welcoming one for Fox after the double-digit drops that KN had last week. Preliminary ratings have the 8 PM (1.0/4) episode of third week of the sixth season of the reality show even with last week. But the real business was the 9 PM (1.2/4) episode, which heated up 33% its April 19 broadcast. End of lesson – more pasta please, Mr. Ramsay.

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And in the vein of “more, please,” that’s what NBC got last night with Hannibal (1.0/3). The often bloody and sometimes ratings-unsteady show saw another week of double-digit growth, this time up 25% over its April 18 show. Part of that leap undoubtedly came from the return of Grimm (1.3/4). Back after two weeks, the procedural fantasy drama rose 18% from its April 11 broadcast. Pre-empted in the Portland market due to NBA Playoffs, NBC kicked off its might with Dateline (1.2/5), which was even with last week.

On the CWWhose Line Is It Anyway? (0.5/2) was up a tenth from its April 18 show while Hart Of Dixie (0.3/1) was even with its result from last week.