TV ratings: 'Happy Endings' finale ends soft; 'Blue Bloods,' 'Shark Tank' sink to lows

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happy-endings-series-finale.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, May 3, 2013

Although rising slightly from its series low marks last week, ABC's struggling comedy "Happy Endings" finished out Season 3 with typically miserable ratings. After the 8 p.m. half hour hit 2.7 million viewers, the 8:30 p.m. installment -- which could be the show's last ever broadcast on ABC -- cratered to 2.1 million.

Only two "Happy Endings" episodes have ever drawn less viewers, both airing Friday at 8:30 this season. The season finale's 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo barely tops last week's series low of 0.6. Looks like the producers may want to pursue that USA option as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, following "Happy Endings" pushed a new episode of ABC's solid reality staple "Shark Tank" to a season low in viewers with just 5.5 million. While that number is a little startling for a show that has only slipped below 6 million viewers in one other first-run airing this season, "Shark" is still swimming ahead of its previous season averages and topped the night in 18-49 with a 1.7 rating.

CBS' "Blue Bloods" was once again the most-watched program of the night, although it drew its second smallest audience ever with 9.856 million viewers. The only other time the show has dropped below 10 million viewers during its three season run was for the second episode of Season 3 back in October. The Tom Selleck series' 1.3 rating in 18-49 was steady with the last two weeks.

CBS easily won the night with an average of 8.1 million viewers with a 5.3 rating/9 share in households. ABC followed with 4.5 million and 3.0/5. NBC landed in third with 4.2 million and 2.9/5. Next was FOX with 2.6 million 1.7/3. The CW trailed with 995,000 and 0.7/1.

In the adults 18-49 demo, ABC led with 1.3, followed by CBS (1.1), NBC (1.0), FOX (0.9) and The CW (0.3).

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Undercover Boss" (7.2 million viewers, 4.7/9 households)
NBC: "Fashion Star" (3.0 million, 2.1/4)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.0 million, 1.9/4)
ABC: "Happy Endings" (2.7 million, 1.9/4) / "Happy Endings" (2.1 million, 1.6/3)
The CW: "Nikita" (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Undercover Boss" (1.2)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Vegas" (7.26 million, 4.7/8)
ABC: "Shark Tank" (5.5 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (5.3 million, 3.7/6)
FOX: "Touch" (2.2 million, 1.4/2)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (784,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "Shark Tank" (1.7)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Blue Bloods" (9.856 million, 6.5/11)
ABC: "20/20" (5.5 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: "Rock Center with Brian Williams" (4.2 million, 2.9/5)

18-49 leader: "20/20" (1.6)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Photo/Video credit: ABC