On a night heavy in unscripted offerings, drama had some bite too on Monday – specifically with the season finale of Scorpion (2.1/6) on CBS. The freshman wasn’t the top-rated show of the night, that went to The Voice (2.5/8), and it wasn’t the most watched, that went to Dancing With The Stars (2.0.6) and its 13.07 million viewers. Scorpion was, however, up 11% from last week among adults 18-49, which is more than can be said for the 2-hour NBC and ABC competition shows which were down 14% and 9% respectively from their April 13 shows. A strong primetime soldier for CBS in its first cycle, the renewed high tech Scorpion was down 34% last night from its September 22, 2014 debut. With an audience of 10.42 million last night, the show was up 9% in total viewers from last week to be the second-most-watched show of the night.
The early part of CBS’ primetime saw comedies 2 Broke Girls (1.9/7) and Mike & Molly (1.9/7) both bop up 6% from their April 13 airings. Scorpion didn’t do its lead-out NCIS: LA (1.4/4) any favors last night. The spinoff was down 13% from last week to hit a series low in preliminary numbers. While tied with ABC for second place among the 18-49s with a 1.8/6, CBS was tops among viewers overall with 8.95 million watching on Monday.
Being Monday, there was a lot of darkness on Fox with the net’s stylized shadowy drenched shows – though there was some sunshine of a steady sort too. Gotham (1.5/5) had young love, complicated relationships and the first real glimpse of a certain enigma villain-to-be. Heading toward its May 4 finale, the freshman Batman backstory series was even with last week’s series low performance. Lead-out The Following (1.2/3) saw a small rise of 9% from its April 13 show for the Kevin Bacon-starrer to move up in the key demo for the second week in a row.
The top-rated network of the night with a 2.1/7, NBC’s Voice drop didn’t have any effect on The Night Shift (1.3/4), which was even with last week’s broadcast. On ABC, DWTS lead-out Castle (1.4/4) slipped 7% from its last original on March 30.
Slippage was nowhere to be found on The CW on Monday with The Originals (0.5/2) up 25% from last week’s series low among adults 18-49 and Jane The Virgin (0.4/1) even with its April 13 show.