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TV Ratings Thursday: 'Missing' Hits Series Low, 'Big Bang Theory', 'Office' & 'Parks & Rec' Finales Fail to Impress

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May 11th, 2012

 

 

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC UNI CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.9/9 2.8/8 2.2/6 1.4/4 1.4/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.5/5 1.6/6 1.4/5 1.4/5 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.017 12.061 7.468 3.161 3.582 1.862

 

FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory finale was the number one program of the night, despite scoring a a 4.2 rating, which down five tenths from last week's 4.7. Rules of Engagement was even with last week's 2.7 rating. Person Of Interest  was up a tenth, earning a 2.6 vs. last week's 2.5 18-49 rating. The Mentalist garnered a 2.4, down a tick from last week's 2.5 18-49 rating.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, down a tick from last week's 4.0. Touch was even with last week's 2.0 rating.

ABC's Missing scored a new series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.2 rating. Grey's Anatomy earned a 3.4 in adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week's 3.3. Scandal garnered a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last week's 1.9 rating.

On NBC,  Community was even with last week's 1.4 rating. 30 Rock got a 1.5 in adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week's 1.4 rating. The Office finale scored a 2.2  adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 2.3 and was the lowest-rated Office finale to date. . Parks and Recreation also fell to a finale low, drawing a 1.7 in adults 18-49, even with last week. Awake was up from last week's series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, earning a 0.9 rating this week.

The CW's Vampire Diaries scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's 1.2 rating. Secret Circle was flat with last week's 0.5

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.2 15 13.301
FOX American Idol 3.9 13 15.100
NBC Community 1.4 5 3.123
ABC Missing 1.1 4 6.358
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1 4 2.486
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8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7 9 8.857
NBC 30 Rock 1.5 5 2.948
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9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.4 9 9.563
CBS Person Of Interest 2.6 7 12.685
NBC The Office 2.2 6 4.441
FOX Touch 2.0 6 6.900
CW The Secret Circle 0.5 2 1.237
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9:30PM NBC Parks and Recreation 1.7 5 3.464
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10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 2.4 7 12.421
ABC Scandal 2.0 6 6.483
NBC Awake 0.9 2 2.496

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Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.8/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Max

    Awesome for SCANDAL!

    In addition to this great ratings news, the show was trended on twitter for well over an hour, including AFTER the episode had ended. People love it.

    Now ABC, you renewed the “hit” that is a miss in REVENGE, so go ahead and renew the real 10PM powerhouse in SCANDAL. Come on!

  • Alan

    I hope TSC gets adjusted up!

  • Joe Daniels

    There’s no chance in hell that The Secret Circle will be renewed.

  • Franko

    LMAO at TSC. Cancel it, CW :D

    Grey’s is a powerhouse!

  • Dennis

    bad numbers all round

  • Name

    Nearly everyone I know downloaded the P&R finale before it aired. I’m sure that didn’t help.

    Could thing too, because here in Austin we had a bunch of weather warning interupting.

  • leonard

    Grey’s will do a 4.0< in ur season finale.

  • Brittney

    Too bad TSC, the finale was really good. If it is cancelled at least it wrapped up the questions from this season but if it gets a second season it set up perfectly for that as well.

  • 5678

    goodbye The Secret Circle

  • Jeremy

    The fact that Parks and Rec. aired on Canada first on Tuesday and downloads were EVERYWHERE. I think that was a reason for the fall. Still waiting for renewal tho.

  • Stella

    Weren’t TVD and TSC season finales too?

  • John A

    Kinda poor ratings from BBT and TVD. TSC has too be dead now.

  • WB

    I think The CW Should let go of these three.

    1. The Secret Circle

    2. Nikita

    3. Ringer

  • J.G.

    I think the Grey’s finale is gonna get a big boost after last night’s cliffhanger (perhaps in the 4 range in demos, I’d guess); I’d imagine that’ll lead to a jump for Scandal as well.

  • Martin

    If The Secret Circle can’t even get a 0.6 for its finale, surely its a gonner, no??

    I do think its up in viewers from last week, though not sure.

    And what a finale for TVD.

  • rob60990

    LOL at the Scandal’s cheerleader. It will adjust down like it has been every week. Way to go Grey’s! Hope next week’s ratings soar!

  • Pete

    I hope TSC will get adjusted up

    Its still getting renewed

  • Roswell

    Lol @ the secret circle fans who wanted it to hit a 0.7 for it’s finale.. There is no way this show will be back… Watch it adjust down to a 0.4

  • Wright

    TVD and TSC were great last night!!! I can’t believe Elena would leave Damon to die alone though….what a *itch.

  • Tessa

    Community fans must be happy it beat an ABC show, and is renewed.

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