Exactly one year after Person of Interest‘s fourth season finale aired, the CBS drama last night opened its fifth and final season with 7.4 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49. That was up a tick in the demo from the POI Season 4 finale and last week’s freshman season closer of Limitless in the time slot (both 1.1) but below POI‘s Season 4 average (1.5).
It was a sluggish night for the broadcast networks who went up against an eventful Indiana primary coverage on the cable news networks, punctuated by Donald Trump’s coronation as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. There was a presidential tie-in on CBS’ NCIS (1.9, on par), which featured a cameo by First Lady Michelle Obama filmed in the White House. NCIS: New Orleans (1.8) was up +13%.
NBC’s The Voice (1.6, down -20%) will likely benefit from some fresh blood next season when two new coaches will join as the singing competition has been logging some alarming lows the last few weeks. Last night’s fast national represents a new Live+same day series low mark. If the show gets adjusted up in the finals, it would match the previous L+SD low of 1.7 posted recently by the Wednesday edition. NBC drama Chicago Med (1.5) was down 16%, while Chicago Fire (1.6) was off by a tenth.
NBC and CBS were tied for No.1 in 18-49 (1.6), while CBS won outright in total viewers (11.4 million)
At ABC, renewed Fresh Off The Boat (1.1) and Agents Of SHIELD (0.9) were each down a tenth. Sandwiched between them, newbie The Real O’Neals held steady at 1.0, solidifying its renewal chances.
Fox’s New Girl (1.0 at 8 PM, 0.9 at 9 PM) was steady. The two bubble freshman comedies diverged in their ratings trajectories, with Grandfathered up a tenth to 0.7, and The Grinder down to 0.5.
The CW’s The Flash slipped a tenth to 1.2, while Containment posted a 0.5 for a third straight week.
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