It was a night of ends and the beginnings of the end on primetime on Tuesday as the 2013-2014 TV season moves into its final weeks. Fox had two finales back-to-back last night with New Girl (1.2/4) and The Mindy Project (1.3/4) The former took to the high seas to wrap up its third season with a 9% rise from last week. However that good news sours with the comedy also cratering 42% from the 2.1/6 of its Season 2 ender on May 14, 2013. The Mindy Project was a homage to Meg Ryan rom-coms of the 1990s as the series ended its second season. The throwback to two decades ago and the show’s pilot paid off as the comedy was up 18% from last week and even with its Season 1 finale last May. Both New Girl and Mindy will be back next year having unsurprisingly been picked up again in early renewals back in March. Kicking off the night for Fox on an evening that saw overall TV usage between 8 – 10 PM was down 8% from April 29, Glee (0.8/3) was even with last week’s broadcast of the Ryan Murphy series.
Backstories and secrets were the core of the penultimate episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.8/6) first season. Virtually a shoe-in for renewal, the superspy agency series fell 14% from its April 29 show heading into next week’s finale. That’s a low for the show. With that said, S.H.I.E.L.D. does have a tendency to rise at least a tenth in the final numbers so expect that adjustment later today. The rest of ABC’s night saw The Goldbergs (1.3/4) go down a hard 24% from last week to also hit a low. However, the new comedy did sneak ahead of time slot competitor New Girl but 8% in the key demo. Down a whooping 30% to a new low, Trophy Wife (0.7/2) didn’t beat or match The Mindy Project among the 18-49s but the freshman show did tie the Fox series’ finale in total viewers with an audience of 2.4 million. The end of ABC’s night saw some conclusive good news for the network with Celebrity Wife Swap (0.9/3) getting up off the mat after falling to a franchise low last week with a 13% rise last night.
There were no finales on CBS and NCIS (2.3/8) dipped 8% from last week but the veteran procedural did almost catch up to The Voice (2.4/8) among Adults 18-49 last night for the very first time With 15.66 million tuning in, NCIS was easily the most watched show of the night with lead-out NCIS:LA (2.2/6) coming in at number #2 with 14.0 million watching. Speaking of NCIS:LA, the show bopped up 5% from its April 29 show last night. Its lead-out Person Of Interest (1.7/5) dropped 11% to tie a series low. All of CBS’s Tuesday powerhouse series wrap up their seasons next week. For this Tuesday, CBS was the top network in both the key demo (2.1/6) and total viewers (13.36 million)
On The Voice, it was the quarterfinals results show, which meant that the contestants are now down to a final 5 for Season 6. While the highest rated show of the night by a nose, Tuesday also saw the live 1-hour show stumble 11% from last week to hit a new series low. The NBC singing competition show does commonly see adjustments in the final nationals so that low note could change later. New comedy About A Boy (1.5/5) dipped 6% last night but they real change was Growing Up Fisher (1.2/4). After four straight weeks of the same rating, the freshman comedy lurched downward with a 14% drop from its April 29 show. Both results for the new shows are lows. There was a glimmer of hope at the end of the night for NBC’s Tuesday as Chicago Fire (1.9/6) rose 6% from its broadcast last week.
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