David Letterman’s announcement yesterday of his retirement was the big news in TV and certainly the end of an era for late night. However, in primetime, there was another end. Officially cancelled last week by ABC, limited run Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.9/3) wrapped its first and only season last night. Having debuted on October 10 last year with 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and soon dipping below a 1.0, the fantasy drama spinoff of Once Upon A Time was down 10% from its result of last week. The rest of ABC’s night with dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2.6/7) and the ever intrigue-filled Scandal (2.8.9) saw the Shonda Rhimes-produced shows even and down 10% respectively from last week. That’s a season low tie for Scandal.
After two weeks of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament taking over CBS’ Thursday primetime, the comedies and Elementary were back. And The Big Bang Theory (4.8/17) returned steady from its last original on March 13. The ratings explosive Chuck Lorre show slipped 2% from its last new show and emerged yet again as the high rated and most watched show of the night by a massive margin with 17.39 million tuning in. That lead-in certainly was a boon to The Millers (2.9/9), which jumped up 21% from its last original in the middle of March. Two And A Half Men (2.5/7) and The Crazy Ones (1.8/5) bopped up 4% and 6% respectively from their last original on March 13. Also back for its first new show in three weeks, Elementary (1.6/5) saw a 6% slip from its last original. On a night that saw preemptions in the Dallas-Forth Worth, Houston and Denver markets due to weather, CBS took the top spot in both the key demo rating with a 2.5/8 and among total viewers with 10.04 million watching.
Coming off a half hour American Idol (1.8/5) live results show that was down 5% from last week for a new series low, the second week of Fox’s new comedy Surviving Jack (1.2/3) took a slight tumble of a 8% from its soft debut. Starting the cooking on Fox’s primetime at 8 PM, Hell’s Kitchen (1.7/6) went a little cold with an 11% drop from its March 25 show.
NBC’s night saw a bit of a roller coaster with an animated G.I. Joe-themed Community (1.2/4) starting the network’s primetime down 18% from its last original on March 20 to hit a series low. Even with the adding of a little Daft Punk to the mix, Parks & Recreation (1.1/4) saw a slip of 8% from its last new show two weeks ago while Hollywood Game Night (1.1/3) was up 10% from its last original on March 13. Ending the night for NBC, Parenthood was down 14% from last week’s show.
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