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Thursday Ratings: Did One-Week Delay Sink Tornado-Themed 'Mike & Molly' Finale? TVbytheNumbers

The third-season finale of CBS’s “Mike & Molly” made it to air a week late Thursday night after being delayed because of its tornado-themed content, and the result was the show’s lowest rating ever, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the show delivered a 1.8 average rating in viewers 18-49, losing 25% from its most recent episode. The originally scheduled airdate was changed in consideration of victims of last week’s Oklahoma tornado. As it turned out, the finale aired on a night when the rest of the CBS lineup consisted of repeat programming.

But it was a slow night for all the broadcast networks. Fox won the night with a 1.5 average in 18-49, while its “Hell’s Kitchen” tied with a repeat of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” for top show of the night with 2.0 averages. Fox’s new show “Does Someone Have to Go?” managed only a 1.0, losing 23% from last week.

ABC squeezed a 1.1 out of “Wipeout” in the 18-49 demo, off 8% from last week, while “Motive” also lost 8%, settling for a 1.2. “Rookie Blue” matched last week’s 1.2 average.

On NBC, only the recently renewed “Hannibal” made it into single digits, coming through with a 1.0 in 18-49 to keep pace with last week’s number. “Save Me” held steady with the premiere with a 0.7 average for the first of two back-to-back episodes, slipping to a 0.6 for the second episode.

For prime time overall, Fox led the way in the 18-49 demo with a 1.5 average rating, followed by Univision (1.4), CBS (1.4), ABC (1.2) and NBC (0.8). CBS led total viewers with 6.9 million, ahead of ABC (5.3 million), Fox (3.8 million), Univision (3.4 million) and NBC (2.3 million).