TV Ratings Thursday:'American Idol, 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Scandal', 'The Mentalist' Up, 'Person of Interest', 'Touch' Down, 'Community' Hits Series Low

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May 18th, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 2.5/7 2.4/7 1.5/4 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.9/6 1.3/4 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.09 8.39 11.37 3.72 2.53 0.84


FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On FOX American Idol earned a 4.2 among adults 18-49, up 8% from last week's 4.0. Touch scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating down 5% from last week's 1.9.

On CBS, the season finale of Rules of Engagement garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 22% from last week's 2.7, which followed a new Big Bang Theory. Person of Interest's season finale earned a 2.5 among adults 18-49, down 4% from last week's 2.6. The Mentalist's season finale scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 4% from last week's 2.4.

On ABC, Missing's series finale earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 18% from last week's 1.1. The Grey's Anatomy season finale scored a 3.9 among adults 18-49 up 11% from last week's 3.5. Scandal's season finale scored a series high 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 26% from last week's 1.9.

On NBC, at 8PM Community earned a series low1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 1.4. The season finale of 30 Rock scored a 1.3 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.5. Two more episodes of Community garnered a 1.3 at 9PM and a 1.3 at 9:30 PM for the season finale, each matching the series low. For comparison, last week The Office scored a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating at 9PM and Parks and Recreation got a 1.7 at 9:30PM. Awake tied its series low, earning a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 0.9.

On the CW,  Perez Hilton All Access: Katy Perry earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 17, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 4.2/14 15.85
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.4/8 8.30
ABC Missing (Series Finale) 1.3/4 6.49
NBC Community 1.3/5 2.99
CW Perez Hilton All Access 0.3/1 0.97
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (Season Finale) 2.1/7 7.28
NBC 30 Rock (Season Finale) 1.3/4 2.85
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (Season Finale) 3.9/11 11.15
CBS Person of Interest (Season Finale) 2.5/7 13.35
FOX Touch 1.8/5 6.34
NBC Community 1.3/4 2.60
CW Vampire Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.71
9:30 NBC Community (Season Finale) 1.3/4 2.49
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (Season Finale) 2.5/7 12.96
ABC Scandal (Season Finale) 2.4/7 7.52
NBC Awake 0.7/2 2.11


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," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
  • 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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  • eridapo

    I think POI’s numbers have been affected by the NBA playoff games since its return from hiatus. POI is primarily a male skewing show, and whenever major sports programs (like when Thursday Football and now NBA/Hockey playoffs)it suffers a drop.

  • salim

    woow from 4.2 to 1.8 for fox thats bad, hope glee is worse!! ;)


    Where are all the Scandal haters now?

  • Ben Thompson

    Hopefully Glee can find some ground on Thursdays.

  • KarenM

    I think even with PoI’s great lead-in next season it’ll probably pull about the same ratings. People aren’t interested in following anything that’s not a soap opera anymore. Keep up the good work CBS with PoI! We don’t all want hospital romances!

  • Jenny

    Ouch, all NBC shows. NBC going to have some big problems next year with these shows.
    NBC is going to have some big problems with all their shows nexyt year.

  • Raykov

    WoW… ABC will bring the big guns Thursdays on Fall. CBS may win the 8pm slot but will have hard time beating Grey’s Anatomy. Even if they adjust down, this will still be the best drama finale for the season.

  • DougF

    I’m also pretty sure that is a series low for 30 Rock as well.

  • lory

    POI doubled the viewers of the lead in. Next year with TBBT as the lead in it will be a monster.
    It premiered with 13.22 million viewers and ended with 13.35.It was just dumb to use ROE as a lead in for the finale, but next Fall things will chage. This show has the potential to gain demo and viewers from the lead in and grows in the last 30 min ,and that is why cbs moved THM to Thursdays and moved TBBT to 8.30, because they know POI will not waste the lead in as other shows do.

  • Jenn

    It is amazing that NBC renewed Community with the numbers it has had week to week.

  • salim

    8 seasons and its getting high 3s and 4s good for greys

  • Bunny

    I like the idea of Community on Friday

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    Nice score for Mentalist!

    I swear it’s gonna drop like a rock when moved to Sunday though….

  • danny94

    This just proves that scandal is very lead in dependent

  • Bookworm

    Yes for Scandal!!!!!!

    I know SJ is mad at me, but where is that 1.8 we were getting?

    BURN!! We topped our 1st episode in both rating and viewers!! Season Two is going to be great!!

    Fellow Scandal Max, was it not awesome!!

    Also, I called Grey for the 3.9-4.0.

    Who said it was a 4.3-4.6? :wink:

  • AD.

    Ugh. So angry.

  • darius

    Y am a huge POI fan and i hope it does better next year!Hopefully people watch it through the summer and through out next fall!RIP Mentalist!F…Cbs for the way they threated this show since season 2!

  • battye

    All of the NBC comedies (the well known ones anyway) have had a good run. I’m happy that they are all getting one last season; one last hurrah (maybe more The Office… who knows how that will hold up next season). Last week may have been the last time we see the four classic comedies (Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office and 30 Rock) together on the same night on the NBC television network. But as I said, it’s been a good run and NBC has been (and continues to be) a good home for those shows. The network took a risk by putting all of their eggs in the single-cam basket. While admittedly The Office and at one time 30 Rock were huge for the network, NBC will need to try something different for the next era of comedies to bring in acceptable ratings.

  • Roco

    @ Sirus, I dont see the haters around, Scandal got some good numbers on the season finale, ABC know what they did by renewing Scandal and cancelling GCB..

  • Sid

    Really hope SCANDAL can gain some traction in the Fall.

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