Ratings: ‘Castle’ Season Finale Hits 8-Week Viewer High

NBC squeaks out win over ABC in key demo

Last Updated: May 12, 2015 @ 11:20 AM

“Castle” went out with an eight-week viewer high last night as network ABC nearly claimed Monday outright.

The Nathan Fillion series hit its most total viewers in about two-months with its prime-time season finale last night. Coupled with “Dancing With the Stars,” the network easily had the evening’s biggest audience. ABC also ran within one-tenth of a ratings point of top dog NBC, settling for second-place in the main demo with a 1.9.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.0 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 8.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. had a 2.3/8 and 9.5 million viewers in its first half-hour. It got a 2.5/8 and 10 million viewers in the next one. At 9, the singing competition received a 2.4/7 and 10 million viewers. The last 30-minutes at 9:30 posted a 2.4/7 and 9.9 million viewers. “The Night Shift” at 10 had a 1.4/4 and 5.6 million viewers. At 10:30, the show ended to a 1.1/4 and 4.6 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.9/6 and first in viewers with 11.8 million. “Dancing With the Stars” at 8 had a 1.9/7 and 12.5 million viewers. At 8:30, it got a 2.0/7 and 13.2 million viewers. At 9, “DWTS” posted a 2.2/7 and 13.5 million viewers. The last half-hour at 9:30 received a 2.3/7 and 14.1 million viewers. “Castle” at 10 had a 1.5/5 and 9.1 million viewers. The second 30-minutes of the season finale got a 1.3/4 and 8.2 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and in viewers with 7.3 million. At 8, “2 Broke Girls” had a 1.6/6 and 7.1 million viewers. “Mike & Molly” at 8:30 got a 1.7/6 and 7.7 million viewers. “Stalker” at 9 received a 1.3/4 and 6.4 million viewers. The second half-hour of the recently canceled show posted a 1.2/4 and 6.3 million viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 10 started with a 1.4/4 and 8.3 million viewers. At 10:30, it concluded to a 1.2/4 and 7.8 million viewers.

Fox and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 1.0/3. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 3.1 million; Univision was fifth with 2.6 million.

For Fox, “The Following” at 8 began with a 1.1/4 and 3.3 million viewers. At 8:30, the Kevin Bacon show — also now canceled — had a 1.0/3 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, more “The Following” received a 0.9/3 and 3 million viewers. At 9:30, the show got a 0.9/3 and 3.1 million viewers.

Telemundo and the CW tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Telemundo was sixth in total viewers with 1.215 million; CW was seventh with 1.185 million

For CW, “The Originals” season finale at 8 opened to a 0.5/2 and 1.2 million viewers in its first half-hour. The show concluded to a 0.5/1 and 1.1 million viewers. The “Jane the Virgin” season finale at 9 received a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers. “Jane” finished its freshman run at 9:30 to a 0.5/1 and 1.3 million viewers.