With us currently in season finale mode, it’s always interesting to see whether or not shows can buck the downward trend caused by spring, and actually manage to increase their audiences.
NBC – For the Peacock, the news was mixed. “The Voice” was up from last week versus the first part of its performance finale, scoring a still-strong 3.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic — however, it was down versus the finale that aired during the summer last year. (Note: 18-49 measurements traditionally mean more to networks for renewal than total viewers.)
Meanwhile, “Smash” scored a 1.9 rating that is tentatively an increase versus last week — but this show traditionally adjusts down in the final numbers due to the live programming that precedes it.
CBS – The season finale of “2 Broke Girls” dropped down to a 3.2 rating, a new series low for the show — meanwhile, “Hawaii Five-0” hit a series low of its own with a 2.3 rating while “Two and a Half Men” (3.7) and “Mike & Molly” (3.2) were pretty steady.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars” hit a new series low for a performance show with a 2.6 rating, and the season finale for “Castle” nearly equaled it with a 2.5.
Fox – While “Bones” was down versus last week to a 1.9 rating, “House” managed to stay steady at a 2.1 moving forward to its series finale on May 21.
The CW – Bad news for “Gossip Girl” — the show slipped down to a woeful 0.4 rating that puts it in more danger than ever of cancellation. Meanwhile, “Hart of Dixie” still managed to stay steady at a 0.6, which helps its chances of a renewal.
What did you end up watching Monday?