‘Last Comic Standing,’ ‘Gang Related’ Rise in Finales

Last Comic Standing Ratings

NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” surged week to week as it closed its season strong Thursday, a night that also saw gains for Fox’s more modestly rated “Gang Related,” which was wrapping its season as well. CBS’ “Big Brother” continued to rule as the night’s top program in key demos.

According to affiliate-based “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, NBC followed a repeat “Hollywood Game Night” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) with the two-hour season finale of “Last Comic Standing” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall). “Comic” was up 40% or more vs. last week in both 18-49 and total viewers, its best score in the former in nine weeks. It was down a tick in the demo and up 25% in total viewers from its year-ago finale.

(Note that due to a preemption for Jaguars football on the NBC station in Jacksonville, the “Last Comic Standing” number could come down slightly — though Jacksonville is such a small market that it may not matter.)

At Fox, a repeat “Sleepy Hollow” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) was followed by the season finale of “Gang Related” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth in the demo and by more than 300,000 total viewers from the previous week. Though not a strong performer, “Gang Related” was pretty steady during its run and held up well when its strong “Hell’s Kitchen” lead-in went away last month.

CBS won Thursday’s opening hour with encores of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.5/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) and then spiked in the demo at 9 p.m. with “Big Brother” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), which was Thursday’s No. 1 series in 18-49 and 25-54 (2.5/7) and was up slightly week to week. A repeat “Elementary” closed out the night (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall).

Numbers for ABC are subject to revision in the nationals due to a preemption for Bears football in Chicago, which artificially inflated the net’s program averages in the market. As it currently stands, reality show “The Quest” was steady week to week kicking off the night (0.6/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall). It was followed by drama “Rookie Blue” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), which was up two tenths from last week, and medical docuseries “NY Med” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), which was flat in the demo and up in total viewers as it wrapped its season.

On average during its second-season run, “NY Med” was up 25% in total viewers (6.0 million vs. 4.8 million) over its first season two years ago. It led its hour in total viewers most weeks.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS and Univision, 1.4/5; NBC, 1.3/5; ABC, 0.9/3; Fox and Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.5 million; NBC, 4.5 million; ABC, 4.4 million; Univision, 3.6 million; Fox, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.5 million.

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  1. Brad says:

    So I just watched the finale on demand and when they announced Rodman as the winner I laughed so hard…it’s a comedy show and they saved the best joke for last…lol

  2. clay says:

    Are you kidding me? Rod Man? He was awful! I am with you that I will not invest time if this is the way the results go. He was bad from the beginning!!!!!

  3. TALI says:

    JOE MACHI DINT WIN THE MONEY BUT HE WON THE ADMIRATION OF THE VIEWERS ILL GO SEE A JOE MACHI SHOW ANYTIME WITH NO DOUBT HE WAS THE BEST

  4. Cindy H says:

    This was a joke. Rod Man was losing but was asked to come back and they all had to come up with a new bit and then he won it. The judges even admitted that they could not understand his “corn” or “coin”. It was fixed. Shame on you judges.

  5. Cathy says:

    RIGGED,FIXED WHATEVER. ROD MAN HAD THE WEAKEST 1ST SET OF THE 3 AND THEY DECIDED TO KEEP ALL THREE. WON’T INVEST 12 WEEKS IN THE SHOW NEXT YEAR

    • ChrisM says:

      All three had a weak 1st set so keeping them for a second was a good decision. Rod Man was consistently the funniest throughout the season and deserved the win. But I’ll be sure to let NBC you won’t be watching next year so they might as well not renew. And by the way your caps lock is apparently stuck or you’re 12 years old.

    • kvicw says:

      who did you want to win?

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