8:51am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Delayed 'Mike & Molly' Finale Dips, 'Hell's Kitchen' Tops Thursday
Fox topped Thursday night with adults 18-49, though recent reality launch Does Someone Have to Go? dropped from its lackluster premiere. Hell's Kitchen (2.0 adults), down two-tenths of a point, tied a repeat of The Big Bang Theory as the night's strongest performer. At 9 p.m., Does Someone Have to Go? (1.0 adults) dropped three-tenths of a point. Fox averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers.
In the middle of a block of encores, CBS aired the delayed season finale of Mike & Molly. The comedy, sidelined out of sensitivity to a tornado storyline, was at a series low 1.8 adults rating -- down six-tenths of a point from its last original thanks in no small part to the encore lead-in and a lack of awareness. CBS averaged a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers.
ABC saw Wipeout (1.1 adults) and Motive (1.1 adults) both dip by a tenth of a point. Rookie Blue (1.2 adults) was steady at 10 p.m., giving the network an average 1.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers.
NBC had back-to-back episodes of Save Me. The first broadcast matched last week's premiere (0.7 adults), while the second (0.6 adults) dropped by a tenth of a point. At 10 p.m., the recently renewed Hannibal (1.0 adults) came in even with last week, giving the network an average 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers.
Encores earned the CW a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.3 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers.