‘Big Bang Theory’ Finale Ratings Steady With 2015, ‘Scandal’ Falls To Season Ender Low, ‘Blacklist’ Rises


The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-99 on Thursday on ESPN to head to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs Western Conference finals. Over on the Big 4, after a day that saw a number of shows cancelled and some newbies picked up, it was a night of hook-ups, parental and Vice-Presidential, and finales as The Big Bang Theory (3.3/14), Scandal (1.8/6) and 2 Broke Girls (1.7/6) all wrapped up their respective seasons – with mixed results.

The CBS science geek comedy was the top rated and most watched (14.45 million) show for the night with a 10% rise among adults 18-49 from its May 5 show. However, the math is not so bright when the Season 9 ender of the blockbuster is compared to its last finale. Last night’s BBT was down 11% in the demo from its May 7, 2015 Season 8 ender. Right now, last night’s BBT is now the second lowest BBT season finale since the 2.8/9 result the Chuck Lorre produced show got at the end of its first run back on May 19, 2008. Having said that, BBT frequently sees adjustments in the final numbers and last year’s finale actually went up two tenths in the end, so the math might not be done here just yet.

As for that other finale on the House of Moonves, 9:30 PM’s 2 Broke Girls was up a tenth from last week but down 15% from its Season 4 of May18, 2015, a Monday at 8PM. After an even The Odd Couple (1.6/6), the rest of CBS’ night was also up with Mom (1.8/6) rising 20% in the demo and Rush Hour (0.9/3) rising 13%. The Tiffany net won the night with a 1.7/6 rating and 7.93 million viewers overall.

scandal may 12 2016Over in Shondaland, the election fueled Season 5 ender of Scandal was full of interesting choices, to put it mildly, but also saw a mix ratings record. While up 20% in the demo from last week and hitting its best numbers since the midseason return of February 11, the Kerry Washington led DC drama fell 22% from its Season 4 finale of May 14 last year. In fact, after a rocky ratings run this year, Scandal hit its worst season finale result ever last night in early numbers. The previous finale low was last year’s season ender which matched the Season 1 finale of May 17, 2012. Last year’s finale also faced off against that year’s season ender of The Blacklist on NBC and the debut of Fox’s Wayward Pines.

Fellow TGITers, Grey’s Anatomy (2.1/8) and the now renewed The Catch (0.9/3) were up a bop of 5% and even respectively. ABC was second for the night with a 1.6/6 rating and 6.18 million viewers.

The penultimate episode of this season of The Blacklist (1.3/4) rose a tenth from last week for NBC. Kicking off the night, Strong (0.7.3) was also up a tenth for the net while Game Of Silence (0.7/3) was even with its May 5 show.

Fox’s Bones (0.8/3) was down a tenth as newbie American Grit (0.6/2) stayed even. The next to last episode of this season of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (0.6/2) saw a death of a sort but also stayed the same as last week in the demo as did The 100 (0.4/1)

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