With some shows already done for the season, the attention now when it comes to ratings turns to what is still in the process of burning through remaining episodes. Some shows benefited from the lesser competition; however, others still managed to wilt.
CBS – The only new show on the night for the Eye was “Criminal Minds,” but its two-hour finale still scored its best rating in over four months in a 3.5 in the 18-49 demographic. This also marks an increase from last year’s finale — a rare thing in this world of sagging ratings.
ABC – The only network will a full three hours of programming, every single show dropped to what was either a season low — in the case of “Modern Family” (with a 3.9) — or a series low, in the case of “The Middle” (which tied last week’s 1.9), “Suburgatory” (1.8), “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” (2.0), and “Revenge” (2.0). We ultimately wonder if ABC is concerned over how “Modern Family” has dropped this spring, but they could blame “Idol” for it.
NBC – Outside of two episodes of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (which drew a 1.4 and 1.5 in the demo), the only new show was “Law & Order: SVU,” which scored a 1.7 at 10:00 p.m.
Fox – “American Idol” not only easily won the night, but its 4.8 rating was a nice improvement from last week’s performance show number.
The CW – “America’s Next Top Model” was the only new show on the night, and it posted a 0.5 rating leading up to the finale.
Are you surprised by the dominance of “Criminal Minds,” or by ABC suddenly losing so much steam?