The final night of the 2012-2013 TV season saw six finales and one season debut. On ABC, Wednesday marked the Season 4 finale of Modern Family (3.6/11) at 9 PM. In a season that saw the comedy post its first adults 18-49 win over American Idol, last night’s episode dipped 3% from its May 14 show. While the highest-rated show of the night by far, Family also fell 12% from its Season 3 end on May 23, 2012 to hit an all-time season-finale low. That result could change a bit in the final numbers as the extra minute of Family is factored in. Last week, the show went up from its 3.5 in fast affiliate rating to a 3.6 later in the day. The Season 4 finale of The Middle (2.0/7) started ABC’s primetime last night, with the sitcom was up a slight 5% from last week and even with last year’s May 23, 2012 finale. A Modern Family (1.6/5) encore followed at 8:30 PM. How To Live With You Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) (2.2/6) was the only non-finale original on ABC last night. The newbie comedy was up 10% from its May 14 show. Nashville (1.9/5) wrapped its freshman cycle with cliffhangers-galore show that saw a 12% rise from last week.
A two-hour Criminal Minds (2.7/8) finale was the only original on CBS last night. Literally ending with a bang, the Season 8 ender of the recently renewed procedural series was up 4% from its May 14 episode but down a hard 25% from last season’s two-hour finale on May 16, 2012. Though the most watched show of the night with 10.80 million viewers, that’s a finale low for the series. With 8.982 million watching, CBS won the night in total viewers and tied with ABC (2.2) in adults 18-49.
Continuing his widespread presence on Fox, Gordon Ramsay was back with a fourth season of Masterchef last night. Debuting in-season for the first time with big finales as head-to-head competition, Ramsay was joined by fellow judges Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot for the two-episode premiere. At 8 PM (2.0/7), Masterchef was down 13% from its last season debut on June 4, 2012 in the 9-10 PM slot. At 9 PM (2.2/6), the cooking competition slipped 4% from last summer’s debut, which had another Ramsay show Hell’s Kitchen as a lead-in.
NBC had a full slate last night with the season finales of Law & Order: SVU (1.6/6) and Chicago Fire (1.7/5) dominating the schedule. The veteran police series saw its 14th season end up 7% from last week’s airing but down 20% from its last finale on May 23, 2012. That’s a season-finale low for SVU; that episode aired at 10 PM and garnered a 2.0 rating. Airing at 10 PM this year, lead-out Chicago Fire’s freshman season came to an end down 15% from last week’s show. NBC started the night with a Dateline (1.4/5) that rose 8% from its May 15 show.
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