“The Last Don” made it a clean sweep in the Nielsen national ratings, taking first place with its conclusion Wednesday night, and leading CBS to a resounding win for the night.
The mob miniseries scored victories in households for all three of its installments.
Part 3 snared a 15.3 rating/24 share to become the highest-rated CBS movie on a Wednesday since the third night of “Scarlett” in November ’94. “Last Don’s” three-night average of 15.9/25 made it the second-highest-rated mini of the 1996-97 season, behind NBC’s “Asteroid” (19.5/31), and CBS’ best in 2-1/2 years (since “Scarlett”).
It helped push CBS into the primetime lead for the first 21 nights of the May sweeps, with household numbers of 10.3/17 to 10.0/16 for NBC.
CBS won the night on Wednesday with a 13.0/21 and has now taken the top spot for five nights in a row with entertainment programs for the first time since ABC turned the trick from May 8-13, 1994.
ABC was second for the night with a 10.5/17, Fox third at 8.2/13 and NBC fourth with a disastrous 7.1/12 — the Peacock web’s lowest overall Wednesday-night rating on record for original series programming.
NBC’s evening of misery included a special episode of the just-renewed “The Naked Truth” receiving a paltry 5.3/9, its lowest rating ever on either ABC or NBC and far below its 8.1/14 season average. It was even beaten by a rerun of “The Nanny” (8.6/14) on CBS.
Also, the departing “Wings” received its lowest-ever rating for a regularly skedded original episode — a 5.7/9. And the NBC comedy “Men Behaving Badly” likewise had its lowest rating to date, 6.5/10.
“Ellen,” meanwhile, had a disappointing 11.7/17 season finale up against the “Last Don” juggernaut.