8:19am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Good Wife' Ends With Season High
Three months after announcing the (mostly expected) end to The Good Wife, CBS officially said goodbye to broadcast's last remaining prestige drama on Sunday night. And, with several loose ends left to be tied up for fans of the Julianna Margulies starrer, the show did see a ratings lift.
Fast National returns from Nielsen give the May 8 finale of The Good Wife a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers. By same-day standards, that's nearly a 20 percent week-to-week rise in the key demo and marks a season high among total viewers.
The Good Wife has never been that big of a player with the advertiser-friendly younger set, but it's consistently boasted a enviably large audience. Season-to-date, the final run has averaged a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers in live-plus-seven day ratings.
The Good Wife has also long had the bragging rights for having one of broadcast's most-upscale audiences — falling into the top 10 TV shows in houses earning more than $200,000 a year.
Elsewhere on CBS, Madam Secretary (1.0 adults) and Elementary (0.7 adults) both wrapped their seasons on par with last week.
Though it easily ranked as the most-watched show of the night, The Good Wife did lose the demo to the NBC's Little Big Shots finale (a clip show, which aired as a special) and Fox's Family Guy. Both of those averaged a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49.
Tying The Good Wife for No. 2 status with adults 18-49 was Once Upon a Time, which was followed on ABC by steady episodes of The Family (0.7 adults) and Quantico (0.9 adults). As for the rest of NBC's block, The Carmichael Show (0.8 adults) and Crowded (0.7 adults) were also mostly steady.
Steady episodes of The Simpsons (1.1 adults), Bob's Burgers (1.0 adults) and Last Man on Earth (0.9 adults) rounded out the Fox block.