NBC and Fox made their Upfront presentations on Monday in NYC, but on primetime there was a triple dose of finales last night. ABC’s Castle (1.4/4) and The CW’s The Originals (0.5/2) and Jane The Virgin (0.5/2) all wrapped up their respective seventh, second and freshman seasons on Monday. For the former, there were political opportunities, an award and a cameo by best-selling crime fiction author and Bosch creator Michael Connelly. Compared to its May 4 show, last night’s Castle was even among adults 18-49.
However, finale-to-finale, Monday’s 10 PM telecast was down a hard 33% from the Season 6 finale of May 12, 2014. That previous finale from 2014 also faced strong competition from the season ender of The Blacklist and a NCIS encore in the same time slot. While winning the 10 PM hour, this year’s season ender was up against an original NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3/4) and The Night Shift (1.2/4), which dipped 7% and 8% from its last original of April 27 and last week respectively.
Last night was a lot like last week on The CW with the Season 2 finale of The Originals (0.5/2) and the Season 1 finale of Jane The Virgin (0.5/2) both even with their May 4 shows. The same could not be said season to season for The Originals, which took a hit of a 38% decline from its Season 1 finale of May 13, 2014. That Tuesday saw The Originals facing off against season enders for NCIS, Glee and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. plus an episode of The Voice.
And speaking of The Voice (2.4/8), now racing toward its Season 8 May 19 finale and in a piece of kind of perfect cross promotion, the Mark Burnett produced show had a visit from Anna Kendrick and others in the cast of the about to be released Pitch Perfect 2 on Monday. And of course, with its semi-final round last night, the soon to be only singing competition show on the Big 4 also had its Top 5 performing what could be one contestant’s last tune. The 2-hour Voice was pretty steady with last week’s ratings performance with a 4% rise in the demo. The Voice was the highest-rated show of the night.
Dancing With The Stars (2.1/7), the other big competition show of Monday night, had a better lift with an 11% demo rise over last week. DWTS was also the most watched show of Monday’s primetime with 13.31 million viewers. Overall, NBC won the night among the demo with a 2.0/6, though ABC was close behind with a 1.9/6. In total viewership, ABC took the top spot of Monday with 11.77 million watching. Fox and Univision were tied for fourth place among the networks with a 1.0/3 each. The latter’s only offering of the night was The Following. The 8 PM (1.0/3) showing of the now cancelled Kevin Bacon-starrer slipped 9% from last week’s regularly scheduled 9 PM show. The 9 PM (0.9/3) The Following last night fell 18% from its May 4 show.
CBS had a fairly steady night with 2 Broke Girls (1.6/5) and Mike & Molly (1.7/6) down 6% and up 7% respectively. The now deep sixed Stalker (1.3/4) was even with its last original of April 27.