Almost everyone had some skin in the finale game last night in primetime and they all got ripped up to some degree. Let’s emphasis the positive and give some regional love to the winners of Season 26 of The Amazing Race (1.0/4), the first blind date couple, so to speak, to win the CBS reality show – you know what I mean if you watched SoCal.
However, seems that a lot of you didn’t watch TAR last night at 8 PM, at least not among adults 18-49 where the series dipped 9% from last week and went down face first 44% from its Season 24 ender on May 18 last year. Compared to Season 25’s December 19, 2014 finale, last night’s show was down 23%.
The rest of the time slot wasn’t as harsh for ABC and NBC but they felt pain too. Maybe it was the return visit from the GoPro guy but least the Season 6 finale of Shark Tank (1.5/7) can take some solace in being the most watched ender the entrepreneurial reality show has had with 6.9 million tuning in. That’s good news for Mark Cuban and the other Sharks because the 18-49s got bit with a 9% drop from their May 8 show and a 12% fall from their Season 5 finale of May 16 last year. Shark Tank was tied with spinoff and lead-out Beyond The Tank (1.5/6), which bopped up 7% from last week, for the highest rated show of the night slot.
Those performances, along with 20/20 (1.1/4), which slipped 8%, helped ABC win Friday’s primetime in both the demo, for the 6th week in a row, with a 1.4/6 and 6.22 million viewers. Unlike last week, where NBC was in second place among the 18-49s, that spot went to Univision last night who drew a 1.2/5. Among the viewers that advertisers desire, the Spanish language network beat NBC, CBS and Fox easily last night, though Univision was fourth among total viewers with 3.07 million watching.
NBC had a slightly more mixed result last night. With a death hitting the Season 4 finale of Grimm (1.1/5) the sole new drama on the Big 4 last night saw a 10% move upwards from its May 8 show. However, finale-to-finale, the renewed David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf produced show fell 15% from its 9 PM Season 3 ender of May 16, where it faced a Barbara Walters special on ABC. In fact, at least until the often more friendly DVR numbers kick in, last night’s Grimm is the lowest finale demo result the show has ever had. Lead-out Dateline (0.9/3) was down 18% form last week among adults 18-49.
Having played Scream last week, Fox aired Scream 2 (0.5/2) last night, which looks to have been a smart move as the 1997 sequel was up 25% from the original in the demo.
CBS must have sure missed Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods last night as the 2-hour ACM: Superstar Duets (0.7/3) just did not deliver the kind of Friday the network has gotten used to. Despite pairings from the likes of Miranda Lambert and Patty Loveless, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney, and Dwight Yoakam and Sam Hunt, the 9 PM starting special was down 36% among the demo from what last week’s 2-hour Five-O pulled in.
While Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3/4) and The Messengers (0.3/1) were down and up 40% and 50% respectively from last week, the preemption of The CW in NYC because of baseball makes any ratings estimate way out in the outfield – AKA expect adjustments later on these ones.