8:27am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Wayward Pines' Premiere Stumbles Against 'Scandal' and 'Blacklist' Finales
Many moons after it was first announced, mystery event series Wayward Pines finally made its Fox debut on Thursday night, facing finale competition on the Big Four and likely suffering some for it.
The hour-long installment pulled a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 in its first same-day showing, also averaging 3.8 million viewers. It's very low, to be sure, but its worldwide audience likely softens the blow. The series, from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, enjoyed global premiere after aggressive international sales. Wayward Pines followed a steady episode of Bones (1.0 adults), retaining all of its lead-in.
Thursday belonged to ABC finales, with the trio of Grey's Anatomy (2.2 adults), Scandal (2.3 adults) and American Crime (1.0 adults) holding steady with the previous week in their season finales.
Airing in a sea of Big Bang Theory repeats, The Odd Couple closed out its freshman season with an average 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Elementary, recently renewed, nabbed a steady 1.2 in the key demo.
Over on NBC, The Blacklist also closed out its season, holding with a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49. The CW, also airing finales, had The Vampire Diaries (0.7 adults) and Reign (0.4 adults).
Something to be noted for the 9 p.m. dramas is the steep year-over-year drops. Even though the trend towards time-shifting will stem some of the losses, Scandal was off 32 percent and The Blacklist dropped an equally disheartening 42 percent in its first Thursday finale — though last season it had the luxury of The Voice finale as its lead-in.