Another primetime and another set of finales for the 2013-2014 television season. Over time, there’ll be loads of looking back at what this season meant to TV and what indications for the future it contained but certainly this has been the first week in many years that two superhero related series have wrapped up their seasons. On Tuesday, we had ABC’s first move into the big screen blockbuster Marvel Universe coming to a seasonal end with the renewed Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. ending its first cycle. Next season there will be even more with Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC and The Flash on The CW. Last night on The CW, it was Arrow (0.8/3) reaching the end of its second season with one of those finales that ties up a lot of loose ends but also unravels a lot of new string for Season 3. Like S.H.I.E.L.D., the avenging archer series was even with its previous show last week. However, unlike the freshman ABC series, Arrow also took an 11% hit from its Season 1 finale on May 15 last year. Unlike last year, Arrow’s lead-out wasn’t Supernatural last night but newbie The 100
In contrast, American Idol (2.1/6) was far from even. Continuing its selfie obsession and with the Top 3 performing, the vet Fox show celebrated its 500th episode last night with some undoubtedly much need good news. The 2-hour live Idol took a 24% leap up among Adults 18-49 on Wednesday breaking the seemingly never-ending streak of lows it has had week after week this season. It also saw a 13% jump in total viewers to 8.77 million watching. Last night’s results could also bode well for next week’s Season 13. As it is, Idol commonly also sees some adjustment in the final numbers but that could actually mean even more movement ratings northward.
Still for all the traction it got, Idol was once again beaten in the demo and in total viewers by CBS’ Survivor (2.5/8) and Criminal Minds (2.7/8) in their respective common hours. While Survivor bopped up 4% from last week among the demo and had 9.88 million viewers, the other vet reality show over on Fox had 2.1 among the 18-49s between 8 – 9 PM and 8.61 million viewers. The latter CBS drama, which was concluding it ninth season, was up 17% from last week in the demo and had 11.96 million viewers – to make it the most watched show of the night and with its best results in both categories since February. Idol had a 2.0 in the demo between 9 – 10 PM and 8.92 million viewers. In contrast to its last season finale on May 22 last year, Criminal Minds was basically steady with a 4% slip. With a CSI repeat concluding the evening CBS won the night among Adults 18-49 with a 2.2/7 and among total viewer with 9.941 million watching.
Once again the top rated show of Wednesday night, Modern Family (3.1/9) saw a slight 7% rise from its May 7 show. The real action was among the other ABC comedies with the renewed The Middle (1.9/6) up 19% and the now cancelled Suburgatory (1.5/5) up 15% from last week. With that said, the latter’s Season 3 finale last night was down 12% from the end of its second cycle last April 17. Modern Family lead-out and now cancelled Mixology (1.3/4) was even with its May 7 show while Nashville (1.3/4) ended its second season up 7% from last week’s episode with its Michelle Obama cameo. That slight rise from May 7 was a sharp contrast to the 32% fall, the Music City-based series took from its Season 1 finale on May 22 last year.
Over on NBC there were no finales last night but the penultimate episode of the second season of Revolution (1.1/4) saw the now cancelled dystopia series even with last week to be tied for an all-time low. Lead-out Law & Order: SVU (1.5/5) was also even with its May 7 show while Chicago P.D. was up 14% from last week.
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