CBS Series Finale Sinks to the Show’s Lowest Rating of All Time

Apr 18, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A CBS prime-time series ended its run Thursday night, and the show's final episode failed to even match the ratings for its lead-in, the series' second-to-last episode. Based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, the finale of the sitcom "The Crazy Ones" notched the show's lowest rating ever.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that back-to-back installments of "Crazy Ones" in the 9 p.m. hour delivered a 1.6 average in the 18-49 for the first episode, down 6% from a week ago, while the finale sank to a 1.3, a series low and down 24% from last week.

The rest of CBS's Thursday night prime-time lineup consisted of repeats, with two editions of "The Big Bang Theory" (2.2 average in 18-49 and a 2.6) faring better than "NCIS" (1.0), as CBS settled for a second-place tie with Fox, behind the night's top broadcast network, ABC.

ABC served up two fresh shows, including the season finale of "Scandal," which wound up as the night's top broadcast program. "Scandal" was up 13% from a week ago with a 3.4 average in the 18-49 demo, while "Grey's Anatomy" slipped 4% to a 2.5. A repeat of "Grey's" opened prime time for the network, settling for a 0.8.

Fox got a modest uptick out of its half-hour "American Idol," which rose 6% from a week ago to a 1.9 average in adults 18-49. "Hell's Kitchen" was also up, surging 21% to a 1.7, but "Surviving Jack" delivered a series low, falling 17% to a 1.0.

NBC's all-original lineup included a couple of season finales, but the network still found itself in a fourth-place tie with Univision. The finale of "Community" improved 11% on last week with a 1.0 average in the 18-49 demo, and the finale of "Parenthood" rose 18% from a series low last week, delivering a 1.3.

NBC's "Parks and Recreation" fell 10% from last week, which was already a series low, to a new all-time low with a 0.9 average in 18-49. "Hollywood Game Night" also registered a 0.9.

For prime time overall, ABC's 2.2 average was the best number in the 18-49 demo, followed by Fox and CBS (both with 1.6 averages) and NBC and Univision (both 1.0). Total viewers was closer, with CBS coming out on top with 7.4 millon, to 7.3 million for ABC, followed by Fox (5.5 million), NBC (3.3 million) and Univision (2.7 million).

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