At 9 PM, the Criminal Minds mothership show wrapped its 11th season on par with last season’s wrapper, and up 6% compared to its last original episode on April 20, against Fox’s hip-hop drama. Empire dominated the hour in both metrics, with Live + Same Day stats. That was especially so in the key sales demo, though it slipped to 3.6 rating in that metric, also clocking 9.4M viewers – off of previous week’s 3.7 and 9.9M. Last week the Fox saga seemed to have halted weeks of ratings skids, coming in even with its April 20 broadcast in the demo and growing 3% in total viewers.
After Criminal Minds‘ wrapper, in the Fox-free 10 PM timeslot, Criminal Minds’ spinoff, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (1.2, 6.8M) placed first in viewers and tied for No. 1 in the demo with NBC’s Chicago P.D. (1.2, 6.2M).
Last night may have been key for the franchise, with the mothership show having been the highest-profile omission on CBS’s renewal list late last month. Criminal Minds being an expensive show for the network, it was speculated at the time CBS may have been waiting for more ratings data on spinoff Beyond Borders before making renewal decisions on either.
Anyway, CBS kicked off last night with an 8 PM win in viewers and the demo, achieved with the 32nd edition of Survivor (2.1, 9.4M).
Fox’s slate, kicked off with Rosewood at 8 (1.2, 4.3M), finished primetime in second position among total viewers (6.8M).
ABC came in third (1.5, 5.7M) in both metrics. Contributing to that tally, starting at 8 PM, were comedies The Middle (1.7, 6.9M), The Goldbergs (1.9, 6.6M), Modern Family (2.2, 7.4M), Black-ish (1.6, 5.6M) and 10 PM country-music soap Nashville (0.9, 3.9M).
NBC (1.0, 5.2M) finished fourth, through the combined efforts of Heartbeat (0.7/4.1M), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1.1/5.2M) and its highest rated show of the night at 10 PM, Chicago P.D. (1.2, 6.2M).
CW (0.7/1.8M) fared best at 8 PM with Arrow (0.7, 2.1M), followed by Supernatural (0.6, 1.5M).