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.

  • Pete

    What a flop for the CW LOL

  • John A

    Please Scandal is lead in dependent. No point exaggerating the numbers. PP got those numbers too.

  • Pete

    I can’t wait to see Hart of Dixie and Nikita getting 0.3s for the CW by christmas.

  • Raykov

    Total WOW… Grey’s Anatomy was the best drama finale this season and it beat itself in the final ratings. EPIC Finale deserves the numbers ;)

  • Pete

    90210 and Gossip Girl will be getting 0.1s

  • danny94

    Glad to see scandal down, great numbers for greys anatomy a 4.1 in an 8th season is remarkable even if it does use gimmicks to draw back the viewers

  • Petar

    Only way Grey can be so strong next season is if is going to regularly kill off a major character every week.

  • gregg

    Anna, i love it. it was great, sad and very emotional.

  • Petar

    revenge after grey will be tru hit. Scandal will be dead even after grey next season.

  • Mad Men fan

    @ Petar

    Don’t give Shonda any more ideas..

  • Dillan

    Has Scandal been adjusted down in every final rating? Still pretty good ratings for the show.

    Poor CW. I remember when TVD repeats would easily get a 0.4.

  • Penny


    Also TSC will be cancelled before Christmas…Oh I forgot :P

  • Mike

    So I guess community is a stagnant 1.3 show, I mean 3 episodes and they all hit the same rating, now they just have to decide if they want to keep it around. The 3 episodes were great last night so I’m hoping they will.

  • Bookworm

    Still very proud of Scandal.I knew it would be adjusted down for the finale but it was only a .1 so I don’t really care too much. Viewers went up almost 1 million for the finale. It think it will manage this next season, over a 2.0 (or 2.0) and 7 million like it has most of this season.

    I like the Scandal and Grey pair; Private Practice and Grey is like watching the same show twice, different cast but same story/setting. Scandal is nothing like Grey and I love that; PP should stay where it is at.

  • MoHasanie

    Impressive for Grey’s. Top scripted show this week.
    As usual, Scandal adjusted down, which means the retention was the same as previous weeks.
    Next year things should get slightly interesting, with Grey’s still strong, and both Glee and POI getting big lead ins, so we’ll see what happens.

    Yikes at Touch. Fox should have just cancelled it. If its getting a 1.7 from a 4.4 lead in, imagine how it will do on Fridays!

  • rob60990

    The death on Grey’s was no biggie. A cast member that joined the show in season 3 is not going to have much effect on the show’s ratings. Even getting rid of George and Izzie didn’t affect Grey’s all that much and they were 2 main cast members since the beginning. Grey’s is not giving up its lead anytime soon.

    Scandal couldn’t even top last year’s Private Practice finale and Grey’s is up 5 tenths from last year. Big hit here…

  • j

    Hmm, 4.1 for Grey’s finale. 4.7 for Walking Dead. 3.9 for 2.5 Men. 4.4 for Voice and Big Bang.

    Aside from maybe Modern Family and Idol, Walking Dead will be the highest-rated finale in all of TV this season. How unexpected for AMC before the 2nd season showed how on fire the show was…

  • SteveS

    I’m glad to see Grey’s rise to a 4.1. It was an intense and awesome episode, but I agree Shonda does save her most dramatic events for the finales. This definitely ranks up there with the best!

  • Mike

    i have said this before that Touch was only renewed to save face and thats why it was placed on friday for fall 2012 because they have no faith in it ( and the probably dont want to upset kiefer sutherland off anymore so they can get the 24 movie don..

    I cant imagine the second season getting more than 13 episodes and hopefull the writers write a finale to end the series properly so the few people who actually watch it (NOT ME LOL) can get closure..

    I know some people may be mad about me saying this but they need to bring back Terra Nova and place it behind idol even if the second season is just a few episodes so they know how good it would do.. if fox was smart they would have placed it behind american idol and x factor for season 1……. Terra Nova ended higher than all the new dramas and some of the vetran dramas are struggeling to bet that demo

  • Steve-A

    @lena. There’s a scandal hater. Wondering when y’all were gonna show up.

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