The final reckoning came on Wayward Pines (1.2/5) last night with the finale of the Fox 10-episode event series. And it seems like it was a good way to end things. Coming off a low last week, the M. Night Shyamalan, Chad Hodges, Donald De Line and Ashwin Rajan EP’d mystery show based on Blake Crouch’s novels was up 33% among adults 18-49 on Thursday. That matches the very DVR friendly Wayward Pines’ high among the key demo in Live + Same Day results – a result the show first hit on May 21 and repeated several times over its run. Last night’s WP ratings also makes those upcoming Live + 3 and Live + 7 numbers definitely something to watch out for in a show that has seen leaps of up to 130% in the demo in time-shifted viewing. Wayward Pines also saw double-digit growth in its viewership from its July 16 show with an 18% rise to 3.9 million in preliminary numbers to tie a high in that category. With lead-in Boom (0.6/3) down 14% from last week, Fox ended up in the No. #2 spot overall among the Big 4 with a 0.9/4 rating. CBS took the top spot in both the demo with a 1.4/6 and in total viewers with an audience of 5.64 million watching.
CBS had a bit of ratings flip with its two originals of the night on Thursday. The net’s primetime was kicked off with a The Big Bang Theory (1.5/7) encore that was the second highest rated show of the night and the most watched at 7.33 million. After a Mom (1.2/5) repeat, Big Brother (1.8/7) slipped 10% to match a season low in preliminary numbers – though that could see adjustment as the vet reality show commonly does. CBS’ only original drama of the night was Under The Dome (1.0/4), which rose 11% from last week’s series low.
On NBC, Food Fighters (0.8/3) lost 11% in the demo from last week while Dateline Mystery (1.0/4), in its second week in the slots previous held by Hannibal and Aquarius, was even with its July 16 show. On The CW, Beauty and the Beast (0.2/1) tumbled 33% from last week. Lead-out Dates saw both its 9 PM and its 9:30 PM pull a 0.1/0 to be even with their July 16 shows.
That 33% may have been the magic number of Thursday night with it being the percentage that Wayward Pines rose and that Beauty and the Beast declined among the18-49s. Unfortunately for ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club (0.6/3) pulled the latter result with a 33% fall for the space race series to hit a low among the demo. That decline had a domino effect on lead-out Mistresses (0.7/3), which was down 22% from its July 12 show. However, there was some good news at the end of the night for the Disney-owned network. Rookie Blue (0.8/3) saw a 14% rise among adults 18-49 from last week. That’s a Season 6 high for the Canadian import series – so perhaps they are waving the Maple Leaf a bit over at ABC HQ this Friday morning.