Chaucer said that “there is an end to everything, good things as well.” So the Middle Ages poet was right of the 2013-2014 television season and of Sandra Oh‘s stint on Grey’s Anatomy (2.5/8) after 10 seasons. There were explosions, both emotional and literally, and there was fallout as well as dancing as Dr. Cristina Yang left Seattle Grace Hospital. Ratingswise it was a bit of a flat line for ABC and the Shonda Rhimes-created show, with Grey’s staying even with last week’s show. While Grey’s overall season bopped up 5% among adults 18-49 from Season 9 to garner the series’ best demo result in three years, last night’s finale was down double digits from the previous finale on May 16, 2013. With a repeat as a lead-in, the end of Season 10 saw a 19% drop from the Season 9 ender to hit a season-finale low. But with that said, if precedent is any indication, Grey’s could see an adjustment upward in the final numbers later today. Lead-out Black Box (1.1/4) saw its fourth-week numbers dip 8% from its May 8 results; granted, it was postponed in the San Diego market for news coverage of the fires there but that’s also the third week in a row the newbie show has gone down.
If Grey’s Anatomy saw explosions, the Season 7 finale of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.8/9) totally blew up. The science geek comedy rose 26% from last week’s season low as some couples separated and other made things more permanent. While easily the highest rated and most watched show (16.29 million) on TV last night, BBT also did not suffer any decline finale-to-finale among the 18-49’s as Season 7’s end remained even with Season 6’s capper. That said, the recently renewed for three more seasons Chuck Lorre show was up in total viewers from the 15.48 million who tuned in to last year’s May 16 season ender for its most watched finale ever. Getting some love from BBT, the freshman season of The Millers (2.4/8) ended with some low brow humor and a sweet moment or two as well as a very nice 26% jump up from last week. The now cancelled Bad Teacher (1.4/4) was the only non-finale on CBS last night but we all know where’s it heading anyways so every remaining episode is kind of a ender even as it had an 8% bop up from its May 8 show. All those good ratings things did not make it to the end of the night for CBS. The sophomore season finale of Elementary (1.4/5) dipped just 7% from last week. However not only was that a series low for the Sherlock Homes modernization but it was a killer 30% free fall from the end of Season 1 of the series on May 16 last year. While renewed in March for a third cycle, Elementary has suffered all season from its placement at the tail end of CBS’s Thursday comedy block and certainly from weak lead-ins. Whether the show will be plagued by the same fate next season in the same slot remains to be seen. Regardless, CBS did win the night on Thursday both among the 18-49 (2.2/7) and in terms of total viewers (8.994 million)
The Season 1 finale of The CW’s freshman series Reign (0.5/1) was even with last week. The Season 5 end of The Vampire Diaries (0.8/3) was up a healthy 14% over last week’s series low but saw a harsh 27% drop from last year’s end on May 16.
Things were nowhere so gloomy or bloodsucky over on American Idol (2.0/6) last night. Not only did the live 1-hour results show slim it down to a Final 2 heading towards next week’s Season 13 finale and guest stars like KISS, Paramore and Jason Mraz were announced but the recently renewed for a 14th cycle show was up for the second night in a row. Sure things always heat up for Idol in the final stretch each season but Thursday’s show rose 25% among Adults 18-49 over its half-hour May 8 broadcast. The singing competition show also saw a 21% rise in total viewers over last week to 4.8 million. Part of that is the season ending hoopla, part of that has to be the now cancelled Surviving Jack no longer serving as a lead-out to Idol and part of last night’s rise has to be that Hell’s Kitchen (1.7/6) also saw a 13% jump from last week – providing a much strong lead-in to Idol.
Night 2 of NBC’s four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby (1.0/3) didn’t bring any great frights but it didn’t bring any joy either. After a soft debut on May 11, the final 2-hours of the modernized adaptation of the 1967 bestselling suspense novel by Ira Levin that was made into a career-making movie by Roman Polanski in 1968 slipped 9% from Part 1. Then again, it could have been worse if it hadn’t been for Hollywood Game Night (1.1/4). In a very competitive time slot, the celeb game show was up 22% over last week to match its best rating in the demo since February 27 – that’s a winning game by any measure.
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