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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  • João Paulo

    POI up a little, but up :D

  • Max…Not the “Scandal” Max

    @Max clearly is as stoned as Intensity! I love Shonda and all, but a 2.0 (surely 1.9 as usual) with the monster lead in of GA isn’t what I call a HIT. Deal with it you troll…
    Glad for Revenge renewal! The real powerhouse at 10 PM!!!

  • Ultima

    Idol yet to fall below 4.0 as it will likely adjust up in the finals.

    The results show had a 3.9 the first week of April.

    It’s been extremely stable since though, with this likely the fourth straight 4.0, despite declining ratings for the performance shows.

  • Jetfire

    CW…the problem isn’t with the shows…TSC, TVD and even Ringer are great…the network sucks…plain and simple. ;)

  • OMG

    Beware Wednesday or Thursday ratings release, Max is definitely on board to kick Revenge down. Beware the wrath of Revenge fans, we will take revenge on you if you continue like this (ok, very cliched, but you deserve revenge seriously).

    No use trying to reason. I tried too many times, it’s fixed in Max’s head that Scandal is the best show. Well Revenge may not be a hit, but Scandal is definitely a miss. I am on full revenge mode, so now I will never watch Scandal, and somehow pray that Scandal will be cancelled in favour of GCB (please please). To be honest, I thought GCB’s ratings situation might be equal or better than that of Scandal to begin with. That is what Scandal should be fighting for now.

  • atlanta

    Boy, did FOX make a mistake in moving Bones from Thursday night. The worst it got last year after Idol was a 2.8 and all other nights were in the 3.0+. Yes I understand the need to launch new shows but I cant imagine the advertisers are thrilled with consistent 2.0 demos. jmo

  • zerg

    Final Rating based on Tweets LOL nice

  • SJ

    That Parks and Rec finale was so beautifully done. What is taking NBC so long to renew it?

    Grey’s Anatomy is doing better this spring than last. Too bad ABC put a show that can’t take advantage of it at 10pm.

    And wow, Vampire Diaries will actually beat Missing in the finals. The Secret Circle is dead.

  • Chuck_T

    The Office finale, I thought, was awful. The show should be put out to pasture after this season to make room for Rainn Wilson’s spin-off. Hopefully it will only get a 13 episode order, too (The Office). When Steve C left the heart,soul and most of the comedy left, too.

    On the other hand, I thought P&R was very good, and consider it the best comedy of the night.

  • fra

    TVD like usual will be adjusted UP,a 1.2 and this is not bad at all. The month of May this year is deadly… and ok the result it’s down 2 tenths from last year, but with all the haitus that TVD faced, it’s normal.
    4X01 will get at least a 1.4, with the HUGE cliffhanger of the season finale, people who didn’t watch it live will surely watch the premierè. I’m quite certain, because it’s really important for the development of the series. So TVD is still STRONG.
    TSC did badly.. another 0.5?! Cancellation is COMING

  • Hades

    Well if the CW do pair SPN with Arrow and not on Friday then maybe the CW could just dump Nikita, Ringer, GG and TSC on Fridays with 13 episodes each?

  • Tony ^_^

    Lol… Missing gets a 1.1 demo and 6.4 million viewers. ABC might as well renew Scandal. It’s been pretty steady. The only problem would be where to schedule it. It might collapse in the demo if it’s moved to another night without a Grey’s Anatomy lead-in…

    It would be bad news if The Secret Circle was adjusted down to a 0.4! :o

    I thought the Big Bang Theory finale would at least break a 5.0…

    Idol will be adjusted up.

    The Office failed to impress. And I guess Awake didn’t fall lower… Below 2 million viewers…

  • LisaM

    Weddings aren’t a big draw anymore. Howard and Bernadette’s wedding actually went through, and I liked the end with the friends watching Howard’s shot into space. I thougth it would have done better.

  • s0303

    tvd was so good last night…hope it gets adjusted up…

    i predict a renewal for tsc…i’ve never seen it, but it’s ratings overall have been better than most of the cw shows…

  • Bee

    wow what an unimpressive night. dear networks: PLEASE premiere your best shows in the fall. january/february at the latest. spring is now deadlier than ever.

    no bump for the vampire diaries? really!? these last few weeks have been excellent and the finale last night was truly unbelievable. it deserves much higher.

    GO GREY’S AND SCANDAL! :) scandal will adjust down and the haters will come out, but whatever. the show is AMAZING and it would still only be a tenth or two under the premiere numbers. the show, like revenge, is just waiting to explode because the reception for both has been so fantastic. ABC just needs to really find a way to spread the word on both shows over the summer. and putting the seasons online will not be doing much.

    also, why does the cast of scandal not do any promotional appearences? i’ve only seen kerry promote the show and she was on the view once. the casts of revenge, once upon a time, and especially GCB are all over the talk show circuit promoting. even PP and grey’s have people promoting!

    and grey’s was 0.2 higher than this same episode last season!!!! WOO! excellent episode and THE FINALE PROMO. OMG. it looks amazing and the show will do big numbers next week. damn, it would be HUGE if it was 2-hour finale. i wouldn’t be surprised to see it shoot up to a 4.0 or above.

  • Bookworm


    Yes, Scandal was just everything you ever wanted in TV. It made me feel every emotion in the book. From Anger with Billy to sadness with Liv/Fitz couple. It really is just a great show and that love scene was so hot but not tasteless. Kerry and Tony are just great together; I’ve never seen anything like it.

    I hope the Finale brings in big numbers. I do believe that it is a huge episode for Scandal as the Amanda story is closing up and Fitz is going to have all of his dirty secrets out.

    I don’t dislike Revenge but I do envy its ad’s. LOL Its gotten a little more hype and spotlight than I would like and the Hamptons cliche of doing the “little man” dirty is kind of old but Revenge makes it look sweet; Its the adults “Gossip Girl” with less stupid stuff/couples. Scandal though makes Revenge look like “Yo Gabba Gabba”. Its twist and turns are just perfect and you really don’t know who is what and what is who.

  • Justin121

    Ignore @Max. He’s just here to stir up trouble.

    Revenge fans didn’t engage in those silly fights all season. We’re not about to now.

    REVENGE fans >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> max


  • KS

    I didn’t find this season of Big Bang Theory as interesting as 3rd and 4th. No wonder, finale’s down.

    Secret Circle is obviously dead.

    Touch is not a huge hit as expected.

  • MoHasanie


    Well ofcourse Scandal will hit a 2.3 next week with a lead of 4.0+ from Grey’s! If it gets below 2.3, and Grey’s gets high 3’s or low 4’s for its finale, then Scandal is a loser.

  • Burr

    BBT was good – not great – but good. Sheldon had best line of the night, do you need aloe? still laughing.

    Office is just very disappointing this year. Maybe getting James Spader out will help next year. (Robert is just too wierd and creepy even for this show, I can’t figure out half of what he means.)

    Anyway, tried to watch the mentalist since nothing else was on – what a snoozefest.

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