8:30am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: 'Murphy Brown' Goes Quietly, 'Timeless' on Par with Season 2
The season finale of Murphy Brown Thursday pulled in ratings on the low side of its season average on CBS. Timeless wrapped up on NBC with a somewhat larger audience than it had in its second season.
Murphy Brown tied its season low among adults 18-49 with a 0.7 rating. The finale's total audience of 5.21 million was its second smallest of the season. For its 13-episode run, the revival averaged a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo and about 6.1 million viewers in same-day ratings, rising to 1.3 and 8.85 million after a week of delayed viewing.
Timeless, canceled last season then brought back for a two-hour series finale, averaged a 0.6 in adults 18-49, even with its season two average. The finale's 3.22 million viewers, however, were the most for the show since the first-season finale — last year it drew 2.64 million same-day viewers per episode.
The Great American Baking Show wrapped up with a 0.7 in adults 18-49 on ABC following a 1.2 for A Charlie Brown Christmas. The 53-year-old special was the night's top show in the demo. The CW got a 0.2 from the 4th Annual Howie Mandel Stand-up Extravaganza.
ABC averaged a 0.9 in adults 18-49 to lead the night, narrowly beating the 0.8 for CBS, which had all repeats aside from Murphy Brown. NBC was third at 0.6, followed by Fox, 0.4 and The CW, 0.2.