Once Upon a Time Season 5 Finale Ratings

Ratings: Once Upon a Time Ticks Up But Down From Previous Finale; The Family Ends With 2-Month Audience High

Once Upon a Time‘s two-hour Season 5 finale on Sunday night averaged 4.1 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, ticking up week-to-week yet down 25 and 33 percent from its previous, Emma Done Gone Dark! finale.

The first hour (4.3 mil/1.3) drew the show’s best numbers since March 13, but then the back half faded to 3.8 mil/1.1.

Leading out of that, The Family’s series finale (3.3 mil/0.8) and Quantico‘s season finale (3.7 mil/1.0) each ticked up, drawing their best audiences since March 13.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

NBC | Leading out of a Little Big Shots rerun, the newly renewed Carmichael Show (4.1 mil/0.8) was up a tenth, while the cancelled Crowded (3 mil/0.7) was steady.

CBS | Undercover Boss returned to 5.8 mil/0.9, down 15 and 25 percent from its most recent outing.

FOX | The Simpsons (2.8 mil/1.2) ticked up. Bob’s Burgers (2.3 mil/1.0), Family Guy (2.7 mil/1.3) and the Last Man on Earth season finale (2.3 mil/0.9) were steady.

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24 Comments
  1. Boiler says:

    So Carmichael show renewed, Mysteries of Laura not. Please ask someone at NBC why they think right move??

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      You dilute your arguments when you compare cheap half-hour sitcoms to hour-long dramas with an Emmy-winning headliner.

      • Boiler says:

        Matt, it is so tiring to see this happen to fans. Hopefully you will ask them why they made this dumb decision. No way will they get 7+ million watching their new shows and, as you know, I hate the demo.

        • David4 says:

          But their new shows might be owed by their studio, Laura was not, it was a WB show I think so there wouldn’t be any syndication money.

          You can get lower ratings when you own the show. Plus total audience means very little.

          • Boiler says:

            David so basically you are telling me to watch nothing unless it is owned by the studio?? As someone well above the top demo age and a having a math degree, decisions by these people are senseless. Network viewership is diving and it just gets worse when they cancel more popular shows due to a worthless demo(at least in todays world)

          • David4 says:

            I’m not disagreeing with you, just stating that networks don’t care. If they can get more money now and in the long run with shows that they own. It’s why Mike and Molly is ending, cost too much to renew and no benefit for them.

            Unless you have a Neison box (Or whatever it’s called) your views don’t matter anyways.

        • rinaex says:

          The network accountants don’t care if you hate the demo.

        • herman1959 says:

          Still, apples vs. oranges.

        • tvjunkie says:

          I would hate to see your bank statement because you don’t seem to understand finances. Ratings don’t matter. What matters is how much revenue a show generates and a much more expensive show needs to generate a lot more revenue. Higher ratings don’t mean anything if they still aren’t high enough to generate enough revenue after you factor out the costs.

          • Boiler says:

            My bank statement likely in much better shape than yours unless you are independently wealthy and guess what, I get it. If revenue comes from the demo number they need to fix it. Those that think it is right are either working for a network, one who did the survey, ignorant of behavior of ages 50 to 65 or don’t get that 18 to 25 have no money. The whole system sucks and the people getting screwed right now are the older folks. There are other ways to cut costs such as reducing enormous cast sizes or getting actors who don’t demand as much money.

          • David4 says:

            Really? The older folks are getting screwed? Do you have $100,000 in debt because you need a college degree to get a job that’s barely above minimum wage and has no benefits? Because it’s a just damn TV show and TONS get canceled all the time.

          • Boiler says:

            David if I hit a nerve I am sorry but what you are saying has nothing to do with this discussion except that it shows the young side of the demo is struggling. If you think the lasrge debt you have means you should deserve fair treatment of shows OK.

  2. David4 says:

    I think it’s interesting that Quantico got renewed, a long way back, and The Family didn’t when they have about the same ratings.

    Was Quantico renewed by the old ABC president?

  3. Lysh says:

    It’s weird that Once didn’t do better in the second half. I noticed a lot of people forgot that it started early and joined in at 8. All the quitters missed a great double Lana scene though.

  4. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    OUAT was alright but the scene of Lana’s evil queen was crazy, she made a big mistake letting that part of her go. As for The Family I’m passed that it got cancelled! That finale…..was insane I’m so curious how S2 would play out if it got picked up again.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      The Family was great TV. I’m holding onto a slimmer of hope that we’ll get some sort of miracle and get another season somehow, somewhere.

  5. Amy says:

    I broke up with Quantico several episodes ago…it seemed really unrealistic and it seemed like everyone was whining in every episode. But, The Family was great and I can’t believe that they cancelled it!!!!

  6. Linda says:

    I am a big an of Regina and think there is so much ahead for her. We need both good ad evil to survive. Can’t wait to see what’s going to happen… “Once Upon a time” BEST SHOW EVER!