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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  • Mr Mumble

    Pretty solid numbers for Community given half-a-million didn’t realise it was on at 9-10pm. NBC should be thankful to Community’s audience for bumping that hour from the 0.7 it would have got if they’d shown Awake as intended. #sixseasonsandamovie

  • Alex

    looks like the 1.3 that watch community all night should follow it to fridays. *fingers crossed*

  • eridapo

    Scandal will be adjusted down a tenth due to the Greys 1 minute overrun….

  • Mary

    I was all psyched for Missing’s finale since I learned there’d be resolution and it ends with Becca being kidnapped. What the heck?? So, next season would be all about finding her? What if it was renewed for a 3rd season? It’s ridiculous. I’m glad it was cancelled now.

    Not surprising that POI went down considering all the hype for Grey’s finale. My mother said POI was intense so people seemed to miss a good one.

    The Mentalist bored me last night. Finales are supposed to get us psyched for the fall and this failed.

  • joel

    No worse than 30 Rock and Up All Night in the same time slot.

  • Kyle R


    30 Rock hit a 1.2 sometime this season, I’m pretty sure.

  • Mike

    I think next fall CBS will do very good on Thursdays, THM and TBBT will help POI and Elementary.But cbs will pay the price on Mondays, THM was the strongest show on Mondays, Partners looks like a flop and with The Voice and Revolution, I can see NBC the strongest on Mondays.

  • MoHasanie

    Imagine how awesome it would have been if they gave that Grey’s lead in to Revenge this year… Then it would certainly have been strong enough to anchor Sunday’s next year. Oh well.

  • Dan S

    Ouch, a 1.8 for Touch doesn’t bode well for its move to Fridays in the fall. I’ll stick with CSI NY & bid adieu to Touch

  • POI fan

    POI rating was great, loved the show, EXCELLENT.

  • Jenn


    Those 2 shows probably should have been cancelled as well. Wipe the slate clean so to speak and try something new because what they are doing is not working.

  • SJ

    A bit lower than I expected for Grey’s, but still very, very impressive for an 8-year-old show. Kind of an anti-climactic finale last night.

    Wow, NBC stuck at 1.3 and less than three million viewers from 8-10. And then it somehow got even worse at 10!

  • GARY

    great for Scandal!!!!!!!!! love it

  • Bookworm


    They are hiding. The Scandal haters are having a really bad week.

    First the show is renewed and the season finale , which some assumed would be a low rating, got a 2.4 and 7.5 million viewers. Both highs for this season.

    Nevermind that Scandal has been number 1 its WHOLE season with W18-49. I really do pity them; they are so bitter.Must be a tough life.

  • David

    No worried about POI. It’s one of the best shows on television and CBS made the right decision to keep right where it’s at and give it a better lead in show. By this time next year Grey’s will need to be killing a cast member a week to keep up with POI.

  • Marcus

    Letterman + Conan > Leno (by .1, but all of their ratings are tiny anyway)

  • wn

    I enjoyed The Mentalist finale last night. It gave me a lot of food for thought, and I am curious to see where the show will go from here. I will be following it to Sundays.

  • MoHasanie

    What the heck is “Perez Hilton All Access”? Who’d want to waste their time watching crap like that?!?!

  • Dave

    community it has been real…

  • Potato

    @Dave– it’s been renewed! :)

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