As shows get deep sixed or picked up all over the network map before next week’s Upfronts, love was in the air on the Season 8 finale of The Big Bang Theory (3.5/14) last night. After a season that saw the science geek blockbuster move to Mondays and then back to Thursdays plus a very ill timed reference to The Flash series on The CW, BBT was basically steady with last week’s performance among adults 18-49 with a 3% rise – when it faced the opening night o the 2015 NFL Draft on ESPN. It was, as usual, the top rated show of the night. However, compared to the Season 7 finale of May 15 last year, which was also at 8 PM on a Thursday, last night’s BBT fell 29% among the key demo on a much more competitive evening. Last night’s viewership of 14.32 million was also down, a 14% fallout from the Season 7 ender.
Renewed for three more seasons in mid-March, the BBT Season 8 finale right now is the worst the Chuck Lorre produced show has done in the key demo in a season ender since its first run back in 2007-2008. The May 19, 2008 Season 1 finale of BBT got a 2.8/9 18-49 result. The previous finale low for the blockbuster series since then were the 3.6/12 that its fourth season ender drew on May 19, 2011 and the Season 2 ender of May 11, 2009, which got the same. With that in mind, BBT often sees adjustments in the final numbers and this year’s finale could end up being tied for the lowest result since Season 1 or even get out of that bad patch.
While tied with ABC for the top demo spot of the night with a 1.8/6 rating, CBS did not see any more traction over last week’s results for the rest of its offerings. A double shot of The Odd Couple at 8:30 PM (1.8/7) and 9 PM (1.5/5) saw the freshman fall 10% and 25% from its April 30 show to a low in preliminary numbers. At 10 PM, Elementary took an 8% dip from last week. Still CBS was the most watched network of the night with 8.42 million tuning in.
Unlike last Thursday, Fox beat Univision among the 18-49s with a 1.1/4 to the Latino network’s 1.0/3. The news was not so good for NBC, which tied Univision last week but fell behind with a 0.9/3 last night, the same result it got on April 30. In its big drama of the night, NBC did much better than when it faced the first night of the NFL Draft last week. Coming off a Law & Order: SVU (0.6/2) encore that topped the repeat of the James Spader show on April 30, a new The Blacklist (1.4/5) was up 17% in the demo. Lead-out Dateline (0.8/3) was not so fortunate and took an 11% tumble.
With a 2-hour Bones (1.1/4) last night, Fox saw the procedural rise a tenth from last week. Its 9 PM hour was up 57% over what the season ender of freshman Backstrom garnered last week.
There were no finales on ABC last night but everyone was getting pretty close.
At 10 PM, the penultimate episode of the first season of the just renewed American Crime (1.0/3) was up 11% from last week. With May 14 finales coming up for both Grey’s Anatomy (2.2/8) and Scandal (2.2/7), the two Shonda Rhimes shows were down 15% and 4% respectively.
On The CW, The Vampire Diaries (0.6/2) was up 20% from last week’s low while Reign (0.3/1) was tied with its April 30 low.