There were a couple of Presidential primaries on cable news last night and an easy 115-84 win for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Toronto Raptors in the Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN. But on the Big 4, it was finales galore as NCIS (2.5/9), NCIS: New Orleans (1.8/6), Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.0/4), Chicago Med (1.6/5) and Chicago Fire (1.6/5) all wrapped up their respective seasons.
Among the heavyweight departures, time shifts and reunions that such enders bring, a lot of Tuesday’s spotlight was also on the debut of the one of Fox News Channel’s brightest stars making her network special premiere. With a somewhat apologetic Donald Trump as her marquee guests, there was also Michael Douglas, O.J. lawyer Robert Shapiro and Laverne Cox on the 1-hour Megyn Kelly Presents (0.8/3) last night.
With all the expectations and promotions, MKP’s results among adults 18-49 were pretty soft for Fox and dead last among its 8 PM time slot rivals on the other nets and the CW’s The Flash (1.3/5), which was even with last week. Now, granted Fox never has had a lot of news programming in its primetime schedule over recent years. Still, Fox also had the debut of reality dating show Coupled (0.5/2) on Tuesday. Coupled wasn’t exactly hooking up with America either on a competitive night and matched the CW’s now cancelled Containment for the lowest rating show of Tuesday. In fact, overall Fox was down 13% in the demo from last week when it said goodbye to a slew of comedies.
Viewershipwise, with MKP bringing in a strong 4.8 million viewers, Fox did see an overall doubling of its May 10 results to 3.3 million – the second best they’ve done on a Tuesday all year. In the news demo of 25-54, MKP drew 1.5 million viewers.
If Fox was down in the 18-49 demo, CBS was up over last week and moved into first place in both the key demo overall with a 1.8/6 and, with an audience of 12.63 million, took the viewership top spot again. A lot of that was fueled by the end of the 13th season of CBS’ Mark Harmon led procedural, as NCIS saw a death and the exit of actor Michael Weatherly’s Special Agent Tony DiNozzo – though the actor will be back on the net and in NCIS‘ fans view soon on Bull, which will be playing on Tuesdays next season.
Matching a season high and easily the highest rated and most watched (17.62 million) show of the night, NCIS also saw a rise of 19% in the key demo over its May 19 show. Finale-to-finale, last night’s packed NCIS was that rare show this year that was up significantly from 2015, with the Season 13 finale rising 25% over the Season 12 ender of May 12 last year.
The rest of the House of Moonves’ Tuesday saw the Season 2 ender of NCIS: NOLA up a tenth from last week and its Season 1 finale of May 12, 2015. Person of Interest (1.1/4) was even with last week.
With The Voice (1.8/6) kicking things off, NBC’s night was exactly the same among the demo as last week. Compared to its Season 4 finale of May 12 last year, Chicago Fire was up a tenth.
Up was both the case and not the case for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesday. The 2-hour Season 3 ender of the Marvel superspy series saw an 11% rise among adults 18-49 over last week to tie a 10-week demo high. However, looking to last year’s Season 2 finale, S.H.I.E.L.D. was down 23% to hit a finale low. Earlier in the night, ABC comedies Fresh Off The Boat (1.1/4) and The Real O’Neals (0.9/3) came in with 22% rise and staying even respectively.
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