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ABC’s ‘Motive’ Best Among Thursday Rookie Originals

ABC’s ‘Motive’ Best Among Thursday Rookie Originals

ABC’s crime drama “Motive” held up pretty well in its second outing Thursday, outperforming the night’s original episodes of other first-year series on the competition, including Fox’s “Does Someone Have to Go?” and NBC’s “Hannibal.” It was a lackluster night for the major nets though on an evening when TNT was expected to dominate with its coverage of Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals.

Fox edged out NBC and Univision to win the night among young adults, as its “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) tied as the No. 1 series in 18-49 for a second straight week, though it was down 9% (0.2) from last week. It was followed by the second week of alternative series “Does Someone Have to Go?” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), which retained just half of its lead-in and was down 23% (0.3) from its premiere.

CBS’ encore of “The Big Bang Theory” (2.0/8 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) tied  with “Hell’s Kitchen” as the top series of the night in 18-49, and was followed by a special original episode of “Mike & Molly” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), which was airing its season finale 10 days later than planned; CBS had pulled the finale episode off May 20 because it contained a tornado-related storyline that was considered insensitive to air when Oklahoma was ravaged by a tornado of its own.

As would be expected, “Mike & Molly” was well down from last year’s finale on a Monday (3.4) in 18-49, and was also off 25% (0.6) from its most recent original of May 13 (2.4).

ABC opened with another episode of the tired “Wipeout” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), followed by original dramas “Motive” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and “Rookie Blue” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall). “Motive” was down a tick from its premiere of last week and finished second among the Big Four in 18-49 to a repeat of CBS’ “Person of Interest” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall). And at 10, “Rookie Blue” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) matched its season-premiere score of last week, edging past an encore of CBS’ “Elementary” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall).

ABC’s lineup will have to take a seat for at least the next two weeks as the net airs the NBA Finals, which tip off Thursday.

At ABC, Anne Heche comedy “Save Me” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) retained most of its soft premiere scores of last week, again ranking fourth among the Big Four for the 8 o’clock hour. It was followed by repeats of “The Office” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) and “Parks and Recreation” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) and a new episode of “Hannibal” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall), which was a bit behind the dramas on ABC and CBS in 18-49. “Hannibal,” which was renewed for a second, 13-episode season hours before it aired last night, again built on its lead-in from “Parks and Recreation.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.5/5; CBS and Univision, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.2/4; NBC, 0.8/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.9 million; ABC, 5.3 million; Fox, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.4 million; NBC, 2.3 million; CW, 1.3 million.

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