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TV Ratings: Grey's Anatomy Rules Finale Thursday; Bones, FlashForward, CSI, Parks, 30 Rock, Ref Rise

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May 21st, 2010


Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX Uni CW
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.1/12 2.6/8 2.4/7 2.4/7 1.6/5 0.5/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.6/12 1.6/5 2.5/9 1.7/6 1.8/6 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.774 12.447 5.028 7.444 3.861 1.375


Grey's Anatomy was at the top of the adults 18-49 ratings hill on "Finale Thursday", as most shows were up from last week, but down from last season's finales.

Finale Fever was evident on ABC as part 1 of FlashForward's series finale jumped 23% last week to a 'still no question why it was canceled' 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy's 2 hour finale drew a 5.3 adults 18-49 rating. That was up 36% from last week, but down 10% from last season's finale (which has to be considered a win, considering the overall ratings decline in the show this season).

On Fox, Bones' season finale was up 8% from last week, and up 8% from last season's finale (rare on the night) to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Fringe was one of the few to completely miss the finale party, falling 13% from last week to just a 2.0 rating (will get a comparison to last season's finale later).

On CBS, CSI's finale 3.2 adults 18-49 rating was up 7% from last week, but down 9% from last season's finale. The Mentalist was even vs. last week with a 3.2 rating, which was 14% below last season's finale.

On NBC, Community didn't seem to benefit from the absence of Survivor like other 8pm shows, it was even with last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Parks & Recreation got a 5% bump vs. last week, as well as last season's finale with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Office finale was merely even vs. last week, and down 3% from last year's finale with a 3.4 rating. 30 Rock was up 12% from last week, and even with last season's finale with a 2.8 rating. The Marriage Ref finale was up 31% vs. last week to a 2.1 rating.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/8; and ABC's "Nightline," 3.5/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.8/3; "Nightline," 1.4/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 FOX Bones (finale) 2.7 10 8.736
NBC Community (finale) 2.0 7 4.410
ABC FlashForward (finale pt. 1) 1.6 6 5.321
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.3 5 7.577
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 2 1.495
8:30 FOX Bones (finale) 2.9 9 9.674
NBC Parks & Recreation (finale) 2.1 7 4.548
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.6 5 8.711
ABC FlashForward (finale pt. 1) 1.6 5 5.205
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 2 1.408
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (finale) 4.5 13 13.000
NBC The Office (finale) 3.4 10 6.602
CBS CSI (finale) 3.2 9 13.914
FOX Fringe (finale) 2.1 6 5.746
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 2 1.329
9:30 ABC Grey's Anatomy (finale) 5.2 14 14.857
CBS CSI (finale) 3.3 9 14.474
NBC 30 Rock (finale) 2.8 8 5.452
FOX Fringe (finale) 2.0 6 5.620
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 1 1.270
10:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (finale) 5.5 16 15.473
CBS The Mentalist (finale) 3.2 9 15.148
NBC The Marriage Ref (finale) 2.1 6 4.658
10:30 ABC Grey's Anatomy (finale) 6.2 18 16.788
CBS The Mentalist (finale) 3.1 9 14.859
NBC The Marriage Ref (finale) 2.0 6 4.496

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