It was a night of winter finales and year-enders on primetime Wednesday as the holiday season and the splay of Christmas specials is truly upon us. Starting next week, most of the Big 4’s schedule will go into encores or hand over slots to holiday fare. Though surprisingly snubbed in the Golden Globe nominations this morning, Modern Family (3.1/10) is leaving 2014 on a celebration of sorts. With a birthday party the theme of last night’s show, the comedy was up 11% from last week’s series low. Now while down the same percentage from its last original of 2013, Modern Family was easily last night’s top-rated show. With 9.68 million tuning in, it was also the second-most watched after time-slot rival Criminal Minds (2.1/6), which drew 10.08 million and dipped 9% from its most recent original November 19.
Earlier ABC offerings The Middle (2.2/7) and The Goldbergs (2.2/7) leaped up from last week with 38% and 29% rises, respectively, among adults 18-49 after hitting lows December 4. Also up was Black-ish (2.3/7) and Nashville (1.5/5), 10% and 15%, respectively. Steady with its previous winter finale, the latter saw a 7% bop from its December 11, 2013 episode.
Overall, ABC was the top-rated network of the night with a 2.1/7. However CBS was close behind with a 2.0/6 and it solidly topped viewership with an audience of 8.92 million.
There was a lot of drama and even a death of a sort on the Season 3 fall finale of Arrow (1.0/3) last night, but no upward movement. It’s not that shocking coming after the surge of a key demo high The CW superhero show experienced last week with Part 2 of its crossover with The Flash. Last night’s Arrow missed that mark by 29% from its December 3 show. However, compared to its last winter finale, Arrow was only off 9% for a fairly steady result. Lead-out The 100 (0.6/2) was steady to the point of even with its December 3 show.
In the unscripted world, Fox’s two-hour Hell’s Kitchen (1.3/4) and the penultimate episode of this season’s Survivor (2.4/8) on CBS both saw rises. The Gordon Ramsay show bopped up 8% while the Mark Burnett-produced reality veteran rose an impressive 14%. Survivor lead-out Stalker (1.4/5) was also pretty steady with its last episode last week. The freshman was down only 7% in its last original of 2014.
Over on NBC, things were not so steady. Maybe it’s the bad-vibe fallout from Mariah Carey’s “botched” Rockefeller Center Christmas tree performance. Maybe it’s more, but The Mysteries Of Laura (1.2/4), Law & Order: SVU (1.4/4) and Chicago P.D. (1.4/5) all were down double digits from their last originals November 19. The freshman fell 14%, the vet Dick Wolf show was down 22%, and the newer Wolfer was down 13% for what are series lows for all in preliminary ratings.