Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Grey's Anatomy', '30 Rock' Adjusted Up; 'Touch', 'Scandal' Adjusted Down

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May 18th, 2012


American Idol and Grey's Anatomy were  adjusted up two tenths, 30 Rock and the Big Bang Theory repeat were adjusted up one, tenth., Touch  and Scandal were adjusted down one tenth among adults 18-49 versus Thursday's preliminary ratings.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, May 17, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 4.4/15 16.40
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.5/9 8.49
ABC Missing (Series Finale) 1.3/4 6.53
NBC Community 1.3/5 2.97
CW Perez Hilton All Access 0.3/1 0.80
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (Season Finale) 2.1/7 7.17
NBC 30 Rock (Season Finale) 1.4/4 2.84
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (Season Finale) 4.1/11 11.44
CBS Person of Interest (Season Finale) 2.5/7 13.47
FOX Touch 1.7/5 6.02
NBC Community 1.3/4 2.61
CW Vampire Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.60
9:30 NBC Community (Season Finale) 1.3/4 2.48
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (Season Finale) 2.5/7 13.09
ABC Scandal (Season Finale) 2.3/7 7.33
NBC Awake 0.7/2 2.10

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Tony ^_^

    Still a series high for Scandal. And it might be stronger in the Fall next season.

    NBC continues to be pathetic…

  • Justin

    The text says that Scandal was adjusted down two tenths but the table says one tenth. Which one is it?

  • Jack

    Touch second season will be short!

  • Michael

    Scandal did really well!

  • Doris

    It was obvious Scandal would adjust down because of the over ride of GA. Scandal always adjusts down in the finals.

  • Max


    Amazing. The fall is going to show what a hit this truly is!

  • Anna

    Grey’s Anatomy was just continues to get worse by the day.

    Shonda’s last few big outings have been terrible. The musical and now this. If she was trying to downsize April should have jumped off the roof or something. Anything would have been better than that speech she gave to Jackson. Thank God Kim Raver is leaving. She has done nothing but waste screen time since her arrival.

    The sheer amount of suspension of belief required to watch the episode was absurd

    What a forgetable finale.

  • HB

    WOW GA!
    8th season and a 4.1? Wow!

  • Oscar

    Grey’s Anatomy still got it!! The best drama on US!! A 4.1 exceded the 4.0 that i expected. Was an very emotional episode, total deserves it that ratings!!!

  • João Paulo

    No adjust for POI :/ damn, but the views still the second of the night.

  • Lena

    The only reason Scandal get borderline ratings is because of the strong Greys Anatomy lead in. Let’s try putting it on Tuesdays to see how it does.

  • TVGuy

    Maybe we’ll hear that Rules of Engagement news soon… of course, they’ll probably just move it to Saturdays again.
    Most people who were watching Awake probably fell asleep at some point.

  • Jamie

    It’s difficult to judge by a repeat. But all the people demanding The Vampire Diaries airs at 9pm.

    That’s its lowest repeat ratings ever, I believe?

  • Sarah

    Ugh. I’d honestly started loving Greys again when they were focusing on character development (I’m specifically thinking of the amazing emotional scenes between Owen and Cristina with the infidelity fallout, etc). This shock and awe stuff is so stupid and lame.

    The “last match” they have & Mer lights it casually in the wind (near jet fuel soaked wreckage, but whatever) and then shrugs when it goes out. And we’re supposed to care if they live or die after that? Jeez.

    I can’t believe the bad writing in this episode.

  • glover

    Touch is pathetic, only 39% of retention. Bring Terra Nova back!!

  • GGMustDie

    Perez Hilton bombed! lol

  • Paul

    I’m all for moving Scandal to Tuesday and Private Practice back to Thursday. Private Practice is a medical show like Greys and it’s spin off. They belong on the same night. Move Scandal to Tuesday and Private Practice back to where it belongs on Thursday ABC.

  • TJ

    Assuming ratings will be 25% higher in the fall Scandal should premiere between 2.5 and 3.0

  • Mad Men fan

    @ Anna

    Well that was something. Having refused to watch the sneak peeks or to visit the spoiler pages, I have to say it was classic Grey’s for a finale. Read a review this morning that complained that Shonda dallies all season and saves everything up for her finales, and I think it’s valid.

    It’s getting really old as this continues to age and run out of steam.

  • John A

    BBT matched the rest of CBS dramas. And easily beat NBC comedys Lol.

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