It was wall-to-wall, time slot-to-time slot finales last night in primetime as the 2013-14 season enters into its final days. CBS was the only network to have nothing but finales last night, but its traditionally hard-punching Tuesday lineup’s success has been in part due to seamless flow, so a collective bow for the year made sense. And it did as CBS won the night both in terms of adults 18-49 with a 2.3/7 rating and 14.1 million total viewers. The night was kicked off by NCIS (2.6/9), which wrapped up its 11th season with a tribute to actor Ralph Waite among its usual investigations. Waite, who died February 13 and was best known for his paternal role on The Waltons, had recurred on the procedural since 2008 as the father to lead Mark Harmon. To that end, NCIS was both the highest-rated show of the night and the most watched with a beefy 16.77 million tuning in. The show also topped The Voice (2.5/9) for the first time among adults 18-49, though with the adjustments the NBC singing show usually sees that could change in final numbers. Looking at NCIS’ numbers, compared with last week, last night’s show was up a more-than-respectable 13%, but compared with its Season 10 finale, the vet was down a hard 24% from that May 14, 2013, broadcast.
The same could not be said of lead-out NCIS: LA (2.5/7). While the second-most-watched show of Tuesday’s primetime with an audience of 14.77 million, the spinoff ended its fifth season not only with a 14% rise from it May 6 show but even with its Season 4 ender, also on May 14 last year. The finale-to-finale flat news did not continue for Person Of Interest (1.9/6). The tech thriller was up from last week by 12% but down 21% from its May 9, 2013, Season 2 ender. CBS renewed all of the Tuesday shows for another season each March 13 this year — though NCIS: LA is moving to Mondays while new spinoff NCIS: New Orleans takes its Tuesday spot.