And as the Upfronts come to an end in NYC so does the second-to-last season of what was once the biggest show on TV. With onstage appearances from former judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, plus Ricky Martin and more, American Idol (1.6/5) wrapped up its 14th season and crowned a winner last night with the face-off between finalists Nick Fradiani and Clark Beckham. Unlike last year, the Fox series itself didn’t face-off against the finale of Survivor – the Mark Burnett-produced show on CBS ends its 30th season next week.
However, like 2014, the 8-10:06 PM American Idol last night hit a new finale low for the Ryan Seacrest-hosted series. Last night’s Season 14 ender fell a harsh 38% among adults 18-49 from what its Season 13 finale drew on May 21 last year. Compared to last week’s Idol, last night’s show was up 14% among the demo. Now, we might see an adjustment in later numbers but doubtful it will escape the new low. With 7.74 million total viewers watching, last night’s Idol was the first time one of the show’s finales has pulled in less that 10 million viewers. Additionally, it was down 26% from the 10.53 million who tuned in last year. Still Fox was the most watched network of the night by a nose over CBS, who got 7.66 million viewers. ABC topped Wednesday among adults 18-49 with a 1.8/6 rating.
On a night of a number of finales, it was a much better Wednesday for Survivor (2.2/8) on Wednesday than Idol. Not only was the vet reality show up 5% among the key demo from its May 6 show, but it easily bested Idol in their face-off hour of 8 PM by 57% among the 18-49s. Not only did Survivor beat Idol in their time slot, but also did the season finale of The Middle (1.7/7). Having said that, while even with last week, the ABC comedy was down 19% from its Season 5 finale of last year. The highest-rated show of the night, Modern Family (2.7/9) slipped 7% from last week.
The Season 2 finale of The Goldbergs (2.0/7) was even with last week’s show and up 33% from its Season 1 ender of May 13, 2014, a Tuesday that saw the NCIS: LA season finale in the same time slot. Not having a finale, black-ish (2.1/6) dipped 5% from last week while the Nashville (1.3/4) Season 3 finale was even with its May 6 show and with its Season 2 finale.
The rest of CBS’ night was a whole lot of CSI: Cyber with a 9 PM (1.2/4) showing pulling even with last week’s show. The 10 PM (1.2/4) freshman finale of the spinoff, which will see CSI’s Ted Danson joining the tech gang next season, was also even with its May 6 show.
Everything blew up on the Season 3 finale of Arrow (1.0/3) on The CW last night, literally. Setting things up for the midseason DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow spinoff and more, the archer series saw a rise of 11% from its Season 2 ender of May 14, 2014. However, as Arrow’s S3 finale was even with last week’s show also, The CW was preempted in the big market of Chicago for Major League Baseball so its results may be inflated and have shifts in final rating. Supernatural (0.8/2) was up 33% from its May 6 show but took a 27% hit from last year’s Season 9 ender.
No finales on the network, but NBC had a good double digit Wednesday with The Mysteries Of Laura (1.0/4) up 11% in the demo, Law & Order: SVU (1.5/5) up 25% and Chicago P.D. (1.6/5) rising 14% from its May 6 show.