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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  • Matto

    Grey’s Anatomy is an amazing medical drama. I hope NBC doesnt place Do No Harm against it in the Fall because Do No Harm sounds amazing also, too. NBC should’ve picked up County, too because they need 2 medical dramas, just in case one isnt successful. People are now saying NBC gave Parenthood a renewal in return for not picking up County. Um, to me, that doesn’t sound like a happy ending. So you mean to tell that if they picked up County they would’ve canceled Parenthood?? C’mon NBC, turn back to MUST-SEE TV!

    I absolutely HATE how ALL OF CBS’s 13 DRAMAS ARE ALL PROCEDURALS. AND CBS is supposed to pick up 3 drama pilots and right now they are (Trooper, Elementary, & Ralph Lamb) WHICH ARE ALL PROCEDURALS. What a fricking joke of a network.

    ABC should pick up 666 Park Ave., Devious Maids, Americana, Nashville, Last Resort, and Red Widow.

    Im very happy of the choices NBC made for the pilot choices. (DESPITE THE COUNTY/PARENTHOOD ISSUE.) All of their comedies picked up are very funny and sensible so are their dramas. (HANNIBLE, DO NO HARM, INFAMOUS, & REVOLUTION)

  • MissP

    It’s just a question of taste. I think the best medical drama is ER and that grey’s is crap. Too much romantical plots not enough medical stuff. I personaly love procedural shows many those that’s why CBS is the second network and not ABC I think it’s not that bad for fricking joke of a network don’t you think?!

  • MoHasanie


    I couldn’t agree more, although I don’t think Grey’s is crap, but ER is a much much better show.

  • Mark

    Grey’s finale looks much better than last years. It should hit above a 4.0

  • JR

    While it was nice to get new episodes of Parks and Rec earlier than usual for the last few weeks, I hope the show doesn’t continue to air ahead of time in Canada next season for the sake of the show’s ratings and future.

  • SmG

    ‘Carrie Diaries’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Cult’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ & ‘First Cut’ picked up.

  • sookie66

    Yeah for The Vamp Diaries! Love the show.Season finale was awesome! I wont miss TSC. I really liked Ringer but I did wonder where they could possibly take it in another season.
    I did like Missing, didn’t realize the ratings were so low. I hate it when they get a good series started and you get into it and it gets cancelled.
    Die hard Fringe fan though. Hoping for a new season. :)

  • jay

    I’m surprised more 18-49 age group are not watching POI. my roommates and I
    watch every week and then debate all the interesting twists and turns. great scripts and actors, with a Bad-ass hero.

  • Mike

    Missing is such a great show. It is a shame about its ratings.

  • Kristina

    They can’t have the “Missing” finale they did unless they make a season 2. That was cruel. I WANT SEASON 2!!!

  • riverside

    I can’t believe that missing is not coming back. I hope ABC change their mind and made season 2.

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