Ratings: Good Wife Surges With Finale

Good Wife Alicia Kalinda Scene

CBS’ The Good Wife wrapped Season 6 on Sunday night with 9.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, rising 10 and 33 percent week-to-week to hit its best numbers since Jan. 11 and match its year-ago finale.

TVLine readers gave the closer — which featured the first Alicia/Kalinda scene in a small eternity, as Archie Panjabi exited the series — an average grade of “B.”

Leading out of that, the cancelled Battle Creek (6.4 mil/0.8) ticked up a tenth.


ABC | Once Upon a Time‘s two-hour season finale (5.4 mil/1.7) was flat week-to-week and off 21 and 26 percent from its previous closer; TVLine readers gave it a grade of “A-.” Revenge‘s series finale (4.8 mil/1.3) ticked up and was within a tenth of its previous finale; readers gave it a “B+.”

NBC | A.D. (4.5 mil/0.9) slipped 18 percent and two tenths, while American Odyssey (2.7 mil/0.5) was flat.

FOX | The Simpsons (2.8 mil/1.2) ticked down, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.6 mil/1.2) was steady, Family Guy (2.6 mil/1.2) slipped and Bob’s Burger‘s (2.5 mil/1.2) rose two tenths.

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    Hope Good Wife gets renewed if there’s any official word yet from CBS and if it does, final season in the works?

  2. ChicagoDan says:

    TWG surges because MS was NOT the lead-in. MS is a complete flop. Not only that, it’s DVR ratings are very low – compared to rest of CBS – so it’s not like people are going out of their way to follow it. CBS made a big error in the early renewal – ratings far below what TAR pulled and brought the entire Sunday line-up down.

    • Mrs S says:

      That is a pretty interesting claim to make with zero back up facts to make your point. Most finales always rise (look at Revenge)….maybe CBS did make a mistake with MS renewal but there is no way it effected TGW numbers as a lead in. Lead ins dont hurt programs

      • Abe Froman says:

        Lead ins don’t hurt programs? You also make a pretty interesting claim with zero back up facts.

      • ChicagoDan says:

        Take a look at CBS’ ratings on Sunday from last spring with TAR at 8p.m. and then TGW’s ratings. Compare them to MS’ ratings and the huge decline of TGW this season. There are plenty of data points aka ‘facts’ to back my claim up. There is no way CBS is riding MS for three more full seasons. It will be yanked sometime next season.

  3. AW says:

    A.D. will pick up in the ratings next week.

  4. erika says:

    Series finale of Revenge is not bad after all because I was pesimistic; Victoria dies(finally),David dies(RIP),Emily/Amanda alive and Emily&Jack got married and have a happy ending(yay,finaly).I will truly miss Revenge.

  5. wrstlgirl says:

    Wow NBC……that is just pathetic.

  6. Jared says:

    Did I somehow miss The Good Wife renewal? I haven’t heard anything and know CBS has already renewed or cancelled pretty much everything on the network already.

  7. Iakovos says:

    CBS did jump gun with MADAM SECRETARY but it is a strong enough show for a second season. CBS Sunday does no favors for itself with sports overruns. That turns me off! FOX seems secure on the night, as does ABC. Am curious to see what the 9 PM and 10 PM shows will be. NBC? Oy. There;s always football but I hope Peacock will look closely at the night come January. It is up for grabs. Derivative dramas and tired reality shows won’t bring me to the web, however. Remember when CBS had us laughing some on Sundays?

  8. Joe says:

    Let’s all be honest here. Julianna and Archie did not film that scene together, and the producers (Julianna included) did us a complete dis-service by amping up that reunion scene. I don’t know what happened between those two fabulous actresses, but that scene is why TGW surged in ratings this week. Kalinda, as sidelined as you were since the Nick storyline, you will be sorely sorely missed, and the show will never be the same.

    • Dmac says:

      Not only did they not film their scenes together it was poorly done bit of editing. It was like they didn’t even try to make it seem believable. I am surprised that the Kings tried to pull this off, it was an epic fail.

      • scott21 says:

        the angle was sooo wrong. And when they showed alucia she looked in front of hef, when they showed kalinda alicia was looking at her so we couldnt see the woman eho was wearing an alucia wig. The unproffesionality is ridiculoud

    • dman6015 says:

      There was one point where their arms/elbows actually crossed, instead of bumping into each other. It was soooo fake. Don’t know what Margulies has against Panjabi, but it’s been very apparent for three years now she can’t stand Panjabi. The Kings can mislead all they want, but no one is buying it.

  9. N says:

    I’ll miss Revenge!

  10. theschnauzers says:

    We didn’t get to see TGW season finale in my market due to a couple of isolated tornadoes in the far northwest of our station’s viewing area. Missed all but a few minutes of both hours of 60 Minutes as well. And all this station can offer is a post-midnight time slot tonight, when no one will be awake.

    But they could give us the already cancelled Battle Creek without pre-emption or delay. The local station could have just delayed TGW to that hour, and sent BC to the post-midnight hour tonight since it was already pronounced dead.

    As to the CBS schedule, it seems as if a show’s been cancelled, it’s already been announced, or it a new show has been picked up, it has been announced, and the renewal of all but the first-season drama will come tonight or tomorrow. For some reason, CBS is comfortable not confirming all the renewals until just before their upfront presentation on Wednesday afternoon, just as they’ve done historically, except for the past two or three years.

  11. kmw says:

    Most season finales go up so Good Wife surge isn’t unexpected. Not very good way to end Alicia and Kalinda. There is no way they filmed those scenes together and the Kings excuses for it get more lame every time they speak. Surprised OUAT didn’t do better but at least they didn’t drop. Good that Revenge went up and NBC apparently needs football year round on Sundays

  12. Marilyn says:

    Loved the Kalinda exit and how she jauntily walked off. I mean, didn’t we know Kalinda will always be able to take care of herself. Also liked the way the Finn thing went. He might be back, might not. Loved how she handled Peter. Don’t care if they were in the same room or not, Kalinda and Alicia (Archie/Julianna can do whatever they wish privately) doing shooters – perfect. This is one of the best shows on TV. And Alicia is back, at a loss, looking forward.

  13. Alex Mindev says:

    Game of Thrones > everything else on regular network TV on Sundays.

  14. MoJo says:

    I’ll be saying an overdue goodbye to TGW. The show lost its edge a long time ago.
    I watched the finale out of respect for Archie Panjabi. Whatever she does next, I’m all in.

  15. byekalinda says:

    Yeah, it seems like a deliberate prank by the producers, assuming they knew “Kal-icia” fans have been longing for a nice reunion of our two favorite characters! They didn’t touch or hug or nothing!

    Anyway it’s a big compliment to the Kings that so many of us care this much about what two of their fictional creations do or don’t do, haha! They got us hooked on the Kal-icia friendship like a drug… then yanked it away & we’re all still throwing tantrums about it :) :) :)

    But Archie will be fine. This show boosted her marketability astronomically, so I’m sure she’s grateful to the King’s for casting her, no matter how it ended or if Julianna ever liked her.

    Bye Kalinda, thanks Archie we love you!

  16. syzygy says:

    Give me Will, Kalinda, Diane and Eli.
    And I’d watch the show without any of the Floricks.

    Having read the comments here, I wonder if Archie Panjabi has the slightest idea of how massive the viewers’ appreciation for her is. I wish there was a way for her and producers to know so she could get great projects.

    And Christine Baranski! I’d love to see more of her in a comedy series or even in a courtroom drama with well-written scenes of her dynamic character. The world deserve more Baranski. Seriously, she is an underrated acting genius.

  17. Valerie T says:

    I love the Good Wife and I have always loved Kalinda. I am sure going to miss her.