There was only one season finale on last night and it certainly had a feeling of déjà vu all over again. Just like last year’s season ender, the Season 10 finale of Criminal Minds (1.9/6) saw a female member of the Behavioral Analysis Unit exit last night. The drama was also pretty much steady with last week with a 6% rise. Finale-to-finale, however, last night’s CM was down 30% among adults 18 – 49 from the Season 9 ender of May 14 last year.
Though down from the 12.03 million who tuned in for last year’s finale, Criminal Minds drew 9.63 million viewers last night to be the most watched show on primetime on Wednesday. Overall, CBS was the top network viewershipwise with 8.8 million watching. Among the key demo, the network didn’t see much traction with Survivor (2.1/8) dipping 5% to a low in preliminary numbers and CSI Cyber (1.2/4) even with its low of last week.
Things were looking a little more up on ABC last night, especially for black-ish (2.3/7). The freshman comedy’s Please Don’t Ask Please Don’t Tell episode deftly addressing one character coming out of the closet saw a 15% rise over last week to hit a 5-week high. What didn’t change is that ABC took the top demo spot on Wednesday for the second week in a row with a 1.9/6 rating last night. That’s the first time the net has won both of the first two Wednesdays of the May sweep in the 18-49s in 15 years. As usual, Modern Family (2.9/9) was the highest rated show of the night, though even with last week.
The rest of ABC’s night was a bit of a downer with The Middle (1.7/6), The Goldbergs (1.9/7) and Nashville (1.2/4) stumbling 15%, 10% and 8% respectively from their April 29 shows.
On The CW, Arrow (0.9/3) and Supernatural (0.7/2) were both even with last week among the demo. For Fox, it was a pretty steady night of American Idol (1.5/5) with the competition show slipping just 6% from its April 29 show as it heads towards next week’s finale.
Learning the very hard way that what the May sweep gives, it can take away, NBC saw Law & Order: SVU (1.2/4) and Chicago P. D. (1.4/2) fall double digits from their crossover episodes of last week. The former fell 43% to a series low while the latter tumbled 22% to match an all time low. The pain was more subdued for the beginning of NBC’s night, which saw The Mysteries of Laura (0.9/3) down 10% from its last original of April 22.