The notion of “family forever” had a bite taken out of it on the Season 4 finale of The Originals (0.3/1) last night. Add to that some blood chugging, a tomb full of evil, a skull circle, a plan to defeat enemy The Hollow, and notions of redemption and The Vampire Diaries spinoff left little on the table on a mainly encore filled Friday.
Dead-even with its June 16 results, “The Feast of All Sinners” episode of the renewed Originals was also exactly the same among adults 18-49 with its Season 3 finale of May 20 last year. Besides the fact that such a key demo result is rare in today’s TV landscape, it also should be noted that the 9 PM Season 3 ender of The Originals faced a Shark Tank finale and more on a much more competitive night.
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As for the rest of last night, repeat heavy NBC and ABC, which had some originals of its own, were tied for the top demo spot on Friday. Both nets snagged a 0.9/5 with encore rich CBS winning the viewership category with an audience of 4.94 million. As is the case when it has an original of its own, a Blue Bloods (0.6/3) repeat was the most watched show of the night with 5.5 million sets of eyeballs – or about just under half of what an original episode of the Tom Selleck-led NYPD family drama usually gets.
ABC actually won the 10 PM slot with a night topping new 20/20 (1.0/5), which was up 100% in the demo over last week’s 9-11 PM airing that partially faced the U.S. Open Golf Championship on Fox. NBC’s Dateline (0.9/5) matched its June 16 airing in the 18-49 demo.
Amidst all the news mags, encores and that Originals finale, there was a premiere on Friday as ABC’s What Would You Do? (0.9/5) returned for its 13th season. The John Quiñones hosted hidden camera series was the same in the key demo as its debut last year and saw a 5% bop up in viewers from its June 17, 2016 opening to 4.0 million.
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