As July is winding down, some late spring/early summer entries are wrapping their runs. Last night marked the finales of ABC’s freshman direct-to-series drama Black Box, Fox veteran Hell’s Kitchen and NBC utility player Hollywood Game Night. Proving that unscripted fare as a whole continues to do better than scripted on the broadcast networks during the summer months, all reality originals last night stayed above a 1.0 rating in 18-49 while all scripted originals were under that threshold.

Black_Box_Season_1_finaleThe Season 12 finale of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen drew a 1.7 in adults 18-49 from 8-9 PM to top the hour in the demo. It was on par with the show’s episode last week and down 19% from the 8 PM episode of last summer’s two-hour season finale. (2.1 from 8-9 PM, 2.2 from 8-10 PM). At 9 PM, drama Gang Related (0.8) was down a tenth from last Thursday. NBC had the Hollywood Game Night finale at 8 PM (1.1, even with last week, up a tenth from Image (1) hollywoodgamenight__130820221907.jpeg for post 568040last summer’s closer, which aired at 10 PM) and Last Comic Standing at 10 PM (1.1, even with last week), bookending a block of original comedies, Welcome To Sweden (0.8) and Working The Engels (0.6). Both also were flat with last week. The two-hour finale of ABC’s Black Box (0.7) was up a tenth from last week, while ABC News’ NY Med (0.9) was flat.

Surrounded by repeats, CBS’ Big Brother (2.1) was down a tenth from last Thursday but still the highest-rated program of the night. No. 2 was the network’s Big Bang Theory repeat (1.8). The two easily carried CBS to the top spot for the night in 18-49 (1.4) and total viewers (5.4 million).

10 months
Loved Black Box bring it back
Anonymous
10 months
Bring back Black Box!
michael
10 months
Ratings make no sense. Black box had nearly 4 million viewers, same as Game Night. Counting only...