The end of the workweek was a night of new beginnings and a final farewell on primetime last night. The beginning was the return of Unforgettable (1.0/4) for the last six episodes of its second season on CBS. The Sony TV-produced procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh is in some ways, the show that will never die – having cancelled once and then brought back to life again in summer 2012 with a new pick up. Last night, however, Unforgettable took a hit in its latest return. Already renewed for a third season set to start in June, the show fell 23% last night from its Sunday July 28 Season 2 debut of last year. While even with its last show on September 8 last year, last night’s Unforgettable actually saw a small 4% total viewership rise from its Season 2 debut to an audience of 7.50 million. Back with their first originals since March 14, Hawaii Five-0 (1.3/5) and Blue Bloods (1.5/5) were down and up 7% respectively, with the latter the most watched show of the night with 11.40 million viewers.
With no NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on CBS on Friday, ABC won the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 while the Eye came in first among viewers with 9.473 million watching. However, while 20/20 (1.5/5) ended the night up 7% from the harsh fall of last week, it was not all glory on ABC on Friday. The top rated show of the night by four-tenths, Shark Tank (1.9/6) was down 10% from its last original two weeks ago while 8 PM comedy, Last Man Standing (1.3/5) dipped 7% from its March 28 show. The big blow of the night was the 18% fall that The Neighbors (0.9/3) had from last week’s show.
On Fox, the double-does finale of Raising Hope saw the now cancelled quirky comedy go out on top. The 9 PM episode drew a 0.6/2 while in the show’s regular 9:30 PM time slot the second episode pulled in the same. That latter result is a 20% jump up from the 0.5/2 that the show got last week in the Friday berth it has had this fourth season.
Overall it was a grim night on NBC and not just because Grimm (1.3/5) was on at 9 PM. Having said that, with its first original since March 21, the supernatural drama was down 13% from its last new show. The rest of the network’s night was no better at all with Dateline (1.2/4) and Hannibal (0.8/3) both falling 20% from their March 28 airings. That was a season low tie for the latter. The CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway (0.4/2) was also down 20% from last week while Hart of Dixie (0.3/1) held even.
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