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

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May 11th, 2012



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
8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7 9 8.857
NBC 30 Rock 1.5 5 2.948
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
9:30PM NBC Parks and Recreation 1.7 5 3.464
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 2.4 7 12.421
ABC Scandal 2.0 6 6.483
NBC Awake 0.9 2 2.496


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.

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  • WB

    @ Joseph

    I most def. agree.

  • wn

    The Mentalist was kind of hard to watch last night, but Simon Baker’s acting was phenomenal. To those who are worried, I personally think this is a con on his part, and there is no way he is ever going to actually work for Red John.

  • Rachel


    JJ actually has a drama pilot for the CW. It’s not being picked up though. The “Arrow” pilot is the closest thing you’re gonna get to Star Trek.

  • Jetfire

    CW needs Star Trek while it is hot again! ;)

  • Michael



  • The End


    Star Trek wouldn’t appeal to CWs target demographic. Wouldn’t be nice to see it cancelled after 1 or 2 seasons.

    If anything Star Trek would be best placed on NBC/Syfy.

  • nikki

    No more medical dramas, and cop shows. There are so many as is, and there all the same. We need new fresh stuff. No all the same old recycled shows. Ughh.

  • Jetfire

    @The End

    That is the sad thing with The CW. :(

  • The End


    I wouldn’t know. Nothing on the network really appeals to me.

    NBC/Syfy would treat Star Trek with the same amount of respect as Stargate, as long as it pulled the numbers. If fans want to see Star Trek go on for 5-10 seasons if the ratings are good, get some spinoffs, then there’s only one logical place and it isn’t the CW.

    CBS would be a dangerous place to put Star Trek, if the numbers dip too low for their liking they’d cancel without any thought.

    On NBC/Syfy should it do well, it’l always come back.

    I guess at the end of the day, it’s up to the studio if they want to make more Star Trek shows.

  • John

    Hopefully The Secret Circle adjusts up later. If it does get renewed its definitely heading to Friday, but I guess that it could work there too, look at the success Fringe has had on that night. At least the finale tied up most of the plot lines.

  • WB

    @ Eric

    yeah hopefully they will! They Should consider to promote the whole network with a creative-like promo (s)! The CW needs to stop being DULL. The network needs creativity and excitment! <<thats what younger viewers like! The WB had that welcoming feeling and the CW does not even INVITE viewers!

  • Amon

    As much as I would LOVE to see TSC renewed, you face facts; They’re jus not gettin the numbers as they did earlier this season. And that’s what it comes down to in the eyes of the executives. They came from 0.9 to 0.5. That’s horrible numbers even in CW standards. To me the only way the show can be saved is if another network takes say like Syfy channel. Otherwise, it’s a dead issue. My predictions is GG will be renewed for a final season, Hart of Dixie will be renewed. Nikita will have a slim but possible chance of being renewed. But kiss Ringer, L.A. Complex and Secret Circle goodbye.

  • Jetfire

    @The End

    Well The CW needs to erase the stink of Dawn Ostroff which is what I thought Mark Pedowitz wanted to do…but given the pilots it doesn’t seem so. Star Trek on The CW could work if it is more like the 2009 movie and not TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT.

    An old CBS series would have worked well on CW…Joan Of Arcadia. Loved that show. :(

  • WB

    @ Frost

    I absolutely agree about CBS giving the CW its goner shows! BUT, The CW doesn’t have enough room for all that! They only program 10 hours! That’s why the CW should consider to bring Saturday and Sunday night programming! I think the network needs to at least EXPAND and gain EXPOSURE!

  • Holly

    @Frost (et. al.)

    I don’t get it: if CBS owns the CW, why don’t they transfer some of their shows that probably won’t be renewed into it??

    Since the CW is classified as a mini-net, the budgets are closer to cable than to CBS. That means any move would involve major budget cuts. Also, while it is possible that some of the CBS shows would manage to get better numbers than the current CW shows, they would not get anywhere near the ratings they can get on CBS.

  • Jetfire


    I think doing an animation night on Sat could work…doing DC toons. It is a shame WB doesn’t do animation for The CW.

  • The End


    I respectfully disagree, on many points but will say most Star Trek fans prefered the original series/Next generation. So any new Star Trek show on those grounds will be well recieved, at least more than a Star Trek series based on the reboot series.

  • H8R

    That’s Pathetic
    Missing has the same rating as TVD!

    xoxo, H8R

  • Jetfire

    @The End

    I loved TOS, TNG & VOY…but JJ Trek is what is hot…I would love to see a series set after VOY. :)

  • WB


    An Animation block of dc toons! I absoulutely agree! And yeah, it is a shame! don’t get me started about the CW 4 kids Saturday morning block lol .

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