NBC was the odd man out last night in primetime as the only one of the Big 4 not showing a finale. On the second Sunday of the May sweep, ABC, CBS and Fox all had freshman shows wrapping up their runs – some on a more sturdy footing than others. Still, with the NBA and NHL playoffs on last night, plus the Season 2 premiere of Penny Dreadful on Showtime and of course, blockbuster Game of Thrones on HBO, none of the season enders gained any traction in fast nationals but a now shuttered show surged.
The killer was revealed on ABC’s Secrets & Lies (1.7/5) finale on Sunday but it was a bit more complicated that just an arrest. Looking promising for a second season pick-up, the 9 PM 10-episode series ended its first season even among adults 18-49 with last week. The same was true of both The Last Man On Earth (1.4/4) and Madam Secretary (1.0/3) finales, which also matched their April 26 demo results. Unlike, Secrets & Lies, who was tied with lead-in and also even with last week Once Upon A Time (1.7/6) for the highest rated show of the night, both of the latter shows are coming back for sure. LMOE and the Téa Leoni-starring series received renewals last month and in January from Fox and CBS respectively. Part of the consideration of whether Secrets & Lies will come back will undoubtedly be that its finale was up 13% over its 2-hour March 1 debut in the 18-49 demo.
ABC was the winner of the 18-49s last night with a 1.5/5 rating – and a big part of that should go to the now cancelled Revenge (1.2/4). Five days after ABC pulled the plug on the soapy drama after 4 seasons, Revenge had a 20% power surge among the demo on Sunday night. With its best 18-49 result in months, the Mike Kelley created show also saw a 9% viewership rise to 4.9 million – that’s the best the show has done since March 8. Starting ABC’s Sunday primetime, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/6) dipped 7% from last week.
Beyond LMOE, the rest of Fox’s night was a bit more of a mixed bag with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.2/4) falling 20% among the 18-49s from its month long break return of last week but 7:30 PM’s Bob’s Burgers (1.0/4) rising11%. The Simpsons (1.3/5) was down 13% while Family Guy (1.6/5) remained the same as last week. To give a bit more context, the Will Forte starring show was down 41% from its March 1 double episode debut. However, with big DVR numbers, expect LMOE to shift noticeably in Live + 3 results and perhaps even in final nationals.
While it didn’t make any movement among adults 18-49 from last week’s low, Madam Secretary was the most watched show of the night with 9.67 million viewers. That’s down from the 14.75 million who watched the show’s September 21 debut on a night of NFL overruns leading in to CBS’ primetime. That premiere of the Barbara Hall created show did 50% better in the key demo than last night’s finale. There wasn’t any demo growth for CBS last night with 60 Minutes (0.9/4) down 18% from last week, The Good Wife sliding 10% to hit a series low in preliminary numbers and freshman Battle Creek (0.7/2) matching its April 26 show’s low. Overall CBS was tied with ABC for the top spot in total viewers with 8.152 million watching each network.
Fourth among the Big 4 with a 0.8/3 rating, the finaleless NBC saw A.D. The Bible Continues (1.1/3) and American Odyssey (0.5/2) even with last week’s lows. Dateline (0.8/3) was down 27% from its April 26 show.