May 16, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  As often happens because of its 8:31PM end-time, THE BIG BANG THEORY went up 0.1 in final numbers for its season finale, while THE MILLERS lost 0.1.  GREY’S ANATOMY also gained 0.1, while REIGN (which started at 9:01PM) was on the wrong side of an 0.1 adjustment.

THURSDAY CABLE:  The NBA PLAYOFFS on ESPN dominated cable at 2.8 (Clippers/Thunder) and 2.1 (Pacers/Wizards).  PAWN STARS (History), at 0.9/0.8, was the highest rated original series, up 0.1/0.2 from last week. 

Some finales fared better than others.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Thu May 15

ABC:  Sandra Oh’s last episode of GREY’S ANATOMY wasn’t the event ABC was counting on, as last night’s episode only tied the previous week’s 2.5.  That was down 0.6 from last year’s Grey‘s season finale.  BLACK BOX followed and fell 0.1 to a new low 1.1.  The night started with 0.6 for a Grey’s rerun.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY rang out the season by rising a full ratings point from last week’s (weirdly depressed) number to 4.8, steady with last season’s finale.  THE MILLERS’ season finale likewise perked up 0.5 from last week to 2.4, and even a 2 1/2 MEN rerun was healthy at 1.8.  BAD TEACHER was up 0.1 to 1.4.  The ELEMENTARY season finale, though, slipped 0.1 to a new series low 1.4, which was down 0.6 from last season’s finale.

CW:  The season finale of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was up 0.1 to 0.8, but that was down a substantial 0.3 from last season’s finale.  REIGN‘s season finale held even at 0.5.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL climbed 0.4 from last week to 2.0.  It was preceded by HELL’S KITCHEN, up 0.2 to 1.7.

NBC:  The second half of ROSEMARY’S BABY stayed a disaster, dropping 0.1 to 1.0.  That was lower even than its HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT lead-in, up 0.2 to 1.1.

Tonight’s season finales include GRIMM and HART OF DIXIE, but the night’s event may be a 2-hour BARBARA WALTERS: HER STORY farewell special on ABC.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."