With the NFL Draft providing significant competition, for the Big 4 on Thursday it was a primetime with a couple of endings — one permanent. After just more than a month on the air, Fox put Surviving Jack (1.2/3) out of its ratings misery yesterday as one of a group of comedy cancellations. and its short run wrapped with a 20% jump up from last week’s rating in adults 18-49. Maybe news of the cancellation got Jack some juice as did the 7% rise American Idol (1.6/5) saw last night with its live half-hour result show as the lead-in. Fox’s night started off with Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.5/5), which dipped 6% from its May 1 show.
Two And A Half Men (2.1/6) finished its 11th season last night with a wedding and the usual sitcom shenanigans that accompany such a TV event. The Chuck Lorre series was even with its May 1 show but took a steep divorce of 40% from last year’s season ender on May 9, 2013. Maybe that was a result of the NFL Draft, but CBS had downs and dips almost all night starting with The Big Bang Theory (3.7/13). Despite being the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night (14.17 million), the other Lorre series fell 18% to hit a season low in preliminary numbers. Two And A Half Men’s lead-out The Millers (2.0/6) was even with its May 1 show and hence tied a series low. Freshman Bad Teacher (1.3/4) slipped 7% from last week while Elementary (1.5/4) stumbled 6% to tie a series low. Like last Thursday, CBS won the night among adults 18-49 (2.0/6 rating) and total viewers (8.78 million.) That’s a slight 9% drop from May 1.
Heading towards its Season 10 finale next week, there was a lot of Grey’s Anatomy (2.3/7) on ABC again last night. With original cast member Sandra Oh‘s departure from the Shonda Rhimes series nearing, the penultimate episode of this latest cycle was down 12% from last week’s much promoted appearance by Isaiah Washington. The May 1 show was the first time the actor had been back on the medical drama since Season 3. In preliminary ratings, last night’s new Grey’s tied a series low. Like last week, the original Grey’s was preceded by a repeat episode of the show. Also like last week, the original Grey’s was followed by Black Box (1.1/3). Three weeks into its inaugural run the neurologically inclined series fell for the second week in a row, this time down 13%.
Back for the first time anywhere since 2001 and debuting on NBC last night, the American Comedy Awards (1.0/3) probably didn’t bring much of a smile to network execs faces this morning. Bill Cosby was honored, Seth Rogan and Amy Poehler took home two awards on the pre-tape 2-hour show but the audience just didn’t show up. This latest awards ceremony on NBC’s schedule was down 41% from what fellow newbie the iHeartRadio Music Awards drew on its soft May 1 airing. NBC’s night didn’t exactly get off to a stellar start with an out of time slot Hollywood Game Night (0.9/3). The series was even with most recent airing on April 17 at 9 PM and tied for a low.
On The CW, Vampire Diaries (0.7/2) was down 13% to tie a series low while newbie Reign (0.5/2) was even with last week’s show.