A new day has come in Batman’s hometown – or at least it has been set up to dawn on the Season 1 finale of Gotham (1.7/6) last night. No spoilers but let’s just say deaths, destinies and discoveries galore characterized the end of the Bruno Heller created series’ first run on Monday.
No surprise that last night’s finale was down from the muscular September 22 premiere of the Batman backstory – 46% actually – but the show was up 13% from last week among adults 18-49 to hit its best demo result since early March. And Gotham is a show with very good DVR life, as its premiere and subsequent episodes revealed, so expect more math on this season ender. Speaking of math, compared to its November 24 midseason finale and its January 5 midseason return, last night’s Gotham S1 finale saw a 26% and a 32% decline. After Gotham’s season ender, The Following (1.1/3) had a dip of 8% from its April 27 show.
On The Voice (2.3/7) the final 6 contestants of Season 8 performed twice last night, with, of course, a bit of a Mother’s Day theme. With the May 19 finale well in sight now, the Mark Burnett produced show was the top rated show of the night but had a 12% stumble from last week to hit a Monday low in early ratings. Lead-out The Night Shift (1.3/4) bopped up 8% in the demo from last week. NBC took the top spot among the 18-49s on Monday with a 2.0/6 rating while ABC was the most watched of the Big 4 with 11 million tuning in.
It was perfect scores for Rumer Willis last night on Dancing With The Stars (1.9/6) but the competition show itself remained steady with a 5% slip from last week. With the murder of the EP of the fictional Saturday Night Tonight (look out Lorne Michaels) and an appearance by Carly Rae Jepsen, last night’s Castle was also steady but in the opposite direction with an 8% rise over last week.
Hosted by Ray Romano, the special David Letterman: A Life on Television (1.5/5) took over the last 90 minutes of CBS’ primetime last night. A nice lead-in of a sort to President Barack Obama visiting the Ed Sullivan Theater yesterday and the final two weeks until the late night host’s exit, the special beat last week’s NCIS: LA in the 10 PM slot by 7% among the key demo. The earlier part of CBS’ night saw 2 Broke Girls (1.66) and Mike & Molly (1.5/5) even and down 12% from their April 27 telecasts respectively.
With a week to go until its Season 1 finale, Jane The Virgin (0.5/1) had a 25% jump last night while lead-in The Originals (0.5/2) was tied with last week.