'Criminal Minds' is still surprisingly popular vs. newer shows

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The arguably most interesting element in Wednesday night’s ratings: ABC’s Suburgatory series finale was titled “Stiiiiiiill Horny.” If your show is going to be canceled after three seasons, sure, why not have the epitaph on the tombstone read “Stiiiiiiill Horny.” Somewhere, the writers of Two and a Half Men just scratched that off their list of potential finale titles for next season.

The second most interesting thing is that¬†Suburgatory was down 12 percent among adults 18-49 from last year’s finale, the finale of ABC’s Nashville was down 32 percent from last year, and the finale of The CW’s Arrow was down 11 percent. Yet, the finale for CBS’ ultra-veteran Criminal Minds was only down 4 percent from last year. Minds, which goes into its tenth season this fall, was also the night’s most-watched show and the second highest-rated in the demo after ABC’s Modern Family. The crime procedural is not a series that generates a lot of media conversation, except occasional fretting over its violence, but let’s give it a round of applause for its ability to keep chugging along while outperforming most newer shows.

Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 ratings total viewers (+000)
FOX 8-10P AM IDOL-WE- 2.1 8,765
ABC 8:00P MIDDLE- 1.9 6,851
8:30P SUBURGATRY- 1.5 4,999
9:00P MODRN FMLY- 3.1 8,792
9:30P MIXOLOGY- 1.3 3,921
10-11P NASHVILLE- 1.3 5,017
CBS 8-9P SURVIVOR- 2.5 9,878
9-10P CRIMNL MND- 2.7 11,962
10-11P CSI- R 1.5 7,982
NBC 8-9P REVOLUTION- 1.1 4,003
9-10P LAW&O:SVU- 1.5 5,287
10-11P CHICAGO PD- 1.6 6,058
CW 8-9P ARROW- 0.8 2,326
9-10P HUNDRED,THE- 0.6 1,770
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