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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season-Ender Leads CBS to Thursday Overnight Victory

CBS' '2 Broke Girls' and ABC's 'Scandal' Also Conclude for the Season

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.1 rating/8 share, ABC: 4.8/ 8, NBC: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +10, CBS: + 2, ABC: -14, NBC: -24, Fox: -35

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Ratings Breakdown:
There were three season finales last night: “Scandal” on ABC and CBS sitcoms “The Big Bang Theory” and “2 Broke Girls.” “The Big Bang Theory” topped the night, of course, with a 9.8 rating/17 share in the household overnights at 8 p.m. and it concluded with an interesting twist: Sheldon’s mother (Laurie Metcalf) and Leonard’s father (Judd Hirsch) potentially finding romance. Hmmm…

Next on CBS was on-the-fence “The Odd Couple” at a second-place 5.2/ 9 at 8:30 p.m., which slipped by 47 percent. “Mom” at 9 p.m. perked up to a dominant 5.4/ 9, followed by the “2 Broke Girls” fifth-season-ender at a third-place 4.4/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. and recently introduced (and expected-to-be canceled) “Rush Hour” at a 2.9/ 5 (#2) at 10 p.m.

ABC’s “Scandal” ended its fifth season at a first-place 5.1/ 8 from 9-10 p.m., with retention out of lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 6.0/11 at 8 p.m.) of 85 percent. One year earlier, “Scandal” concluded the season with a 6.5/10 in the overnights.

“The Catch,” which could benefit by the cancelations of “Castle” and “Nashville” and snag a second season renewal, capped off the evening for ABC with a modest 3.3/ 6 (#1) at 10 p.m.

In the distant No. 3 spot overall was NBC with its combination of reality/competition “Strong” (#4: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.), which does not live up to its title, “The Blacklist” (#3: 4.6/ 7) and recent scripted entry “Game of Silence” (#3: 2.3/ 4). Comparably, this was “The Blacklist’s” strongest overnight performance in three weeks.

Elsewhere, Fox’s veteran “Bones” (#4: 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which concludes next season, led into a mere 1.2/ 2 for failing reality/competition “American Grit” at 9 p.m. And The CW populated the night with “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.5/ 2), which is not the hit the network was hoping for, and “The 100” (#5: 0.8/1 ), which is not worthy of its fourth season renewal.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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