‘Mom’ Ratings Steady In Finale, Univision Ties NBC & Tops Fox In Demo, ‘Blacklist’ & Backstrom’ Down

Allison Janney and Anna Faris on Mom
Photograph by Darren Michaels

The first full week of May sweeps has the finales coming fast and furious and last night was no exception with the Season 2 end of CBS’ Mom (2.0/7) and freshman Backstrom (0.7/2) on Fox. Facing Day 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft on ESPN and NBA playoffs, the Allison Janney and Anna Faris- starring sitcom bopped up 5%, both from last week and from its Season 1 finale of April 14 last year, which was a Monday.

Mom was picked up for a third season in March but for Backstrom, the end was nigh last night in more than one way. Down 13% among adults 18-49 from its April 23rd show, the comedy just never found its footing over its run and almost certainly will not be returning. It wasn’t a much better Thursday for Bones (0.9/3), Fox’s lead-in to Backstrom last night. The long-running procedural tumbled 10% from last week to hit a series low in preliminary numbers.

Coming off the spike from the departure of original cast member Patrick Dempsey last week, it was almost inevitable that Grey’s Anatomy (2.6/7) would be down last night. Surprisingly, heading towards the Season 11 May 14 finale, the 2-hour episode last night dipped just 7% compared to the April 23 telecast. That lead-in gave limited series American Crime (1.0/3) an 11% lift after last week’s double-digit fall. All said and done, ABC won the night among the key demo with a 2.0/7 rating. CBS was second among adults 18-49 with a 1.9/3 rating while Univision tied NBC with a 0.9/3 and topped Fox’s 0.8/3 result

As ABC took the 18-49 top spot, CBS snagged the overall viewership win with an audience of 8.85 million tuning in. That was led by The Big Bang Theory (3.2/12), which while down 11% from last week, was the top-rated and most watched show of the night with a viewership of 13.45 million. Otherwise, including that Mom finale, CBS’ Thursday was pretty steady with The Odd Couple (2.0/7) even with last week and Elementary slipping 8%.

The fall was further on The CW last night with The Vampire Diaries (0.52) sliding 17% from last week to a series low in early numbers. Lead-out Reign (0.3/1) didn’t take a hit but it didn’t gain any ground either and remains even in fast nationals with the low of its April 23 show.

Over on NBC, there was no upside to a whole lot of Blacklisting. At 9 PM, The Blacklist (1.2/4) crumbled 20% from last week to hit a new series low in fast nationals. Lead-out Dateline: Real Blacklists (0.9/3) was even with its April 23 show. NBC started its Thursday with a Blacklist (0.5/2) encore.

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