'The Office' Finale Hits Show's top Rating in 16 months; Up 30% vs. Year-ago Finale

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May 17th, 2013


via press release:

  • From 9-10:15 p.m. ET, the series finale of “The Office” (3.0 rating in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) filed the show's highest 18-49 rating in 16 months, since the January 19, 2012 telecast also did a 3.0, and matched the "Office" high since November 3, 2011 (3.2).  In total viewers, the 5.7 million is also the show's biggest overall audience since January 19, 2012 (6.020 million).  Versus both the year-ago season finale and last week's 9-10:01 p.m. telecast, last night's series finale was up 30 percent in 18-49 rating (3.0 vs. 2.3 each).  In total viewers, the increase is 27 versus the year-ago finale (5.692 million vs. 4.487 million) and 25 percent versus last week (5.692 million vs. 4.558 million)
  • The 3.0 is NBC's highest rating in the slot, excluding sports, since September 22, 2011 (3.3), the night of the 2011-12 Thursday season premieres.  In total viewers, the 5.7 million is an in-season non-sports high for NBC in the  Thursday 9-10:15 p.m. slot since September 29, 2011.  Versus NBC's averages this season in the Thursday 9-10:15 p.m. ET time period, last night's "Office" is up 114 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 3.0 from a 1.4, L+SD, excludes live news and sports) and 71 percent in total viewers (5.692 million vs. 3.328 million)
  • For the 9-10 p.m. ET hour, the "Office" finale ranked #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-34 and men 18-34 and tied with "Idol" for #1 in men 18-49.
  • From 8-9 p.m. ET, a retrospective episode of “The Office” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) earned NBC's top 18-49 rating in the hour, excluding sports, since a special "Voice" ran in the time period on November 8, 2012.  In total viewers, it's NBC's biggest overall audience in the hour since January 31.  In a highly competitive time period versus season finales of CBS's "Big Bang Theory" and Fox's "American Idol," the "Office" retrospective tied "Idol" for #2 in the hour among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-34 (2.1 rating each from 8-9) and topped "Idol" in men 18-34 (1.9 vs. 1.6).
  • From 10:15-11 p.m. ET, “Hannibal” averaged a 1.0 rating in 18-49 and  2.4 million viewers overall.  For the 10:30-11 p.m. half-hour, "Hannibal" tied for #2 among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-34 and women 18-34 and was #2 outright among those networks in men 18-34.
  • "Hannibal" is a highly time-shifted series, with last week’s telecast growing by 66 percent going from these next-day "live plus same day" ratings (1.06) to "live plus three day" results (1.76).
  • Billy

    I think EVERY show from last night ratings will be DRAMATICALLY changed when the LIVE +3 viewership is totalled up. I intend to watch nearly EVERY SHOW that aired last night, from every network and every time slot! CURSES TO THE NETWORK CHIEFS who wanted them all running against one another on the same night!

  • Nick

    Lol @ Hannibal.

  • Jake

    So hannibal is cancelled then? The week is over and no anouncement yet?

  • Chuck_T

    Out of curiosity I wonder how the “Goodbye Michael” episode of The Office did compared to last night’s finale?

  • Max Vrany

    @Chuck, way higher. (4.2, IIRC)

  • Ralph Hahn

    WHY is THIS news??? It’s the Series Finale of a very popular program. That’s like Dog Bites Man.

  • MichaelChickless

    Go Hannibal!!

  • M

    Hannibal is the only show worth watching on Broadcast TV

  • Ultima

    Hannibal is the only show worth watching on Broadcast TV

    Yeah, there’s obviously no entertainment value in anything else that is on. :roll:

  • Ultima

    @Ralph Hahn
    WHY is THIS news??? It’s the Series Finale of a very popular program.

    This is a ratings website… :roll:

  • NBC

    @Ultima, there’s no need to be like that to people just because they happen to like just one show on TV. It comes across as immature. Just let people have their opinions instead of acting like that.

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    I don’t think it’s fair to suggest that Ultima is being “immature.” A direct question was asked and a direct answer was available. Ultima gave the direct answer. It might have rubbed you the wrong way, but I disagree with you; it was fair game. In fact, the only person who was immature here was Ralph Hahn, who asked the question in the first place… but maybe even you, too, since you needed to comment.

    Ultima was right. This is a site designed for its visitors to discuss ratings. When someone asks why something is news, it’s insensitive, at the very least, to the TVBTN writer who posted the topic. It is entirely newsworthy for NBC’s biggest hit of the past decade to get a write-up about how its last airing performed. This should be common sense.

  • scifi

    Top rating and still canceled?..

  • Shaun

    I agree with everything Ultima says in this and every post.

  • mando

    Why is this news? This show had been NBC’s face in sitcom for years.

  • Josh

    @ scifi

    Wasn’t canceled actors and producers decidedly wanted to end it while it was still pretty viable. Considering it only missed wining its time slot by .02 of a point that is pretty great for NBC it still finished 2nd in its time slot and 4th overall!

  • Rebecca

    What were the ratings for Seinfeld’s finale, if anyone knows?

    I really enjoyed The Office’s finale (more than Seinfeld’s), and I’m glad it did well. I’ll watch it one more time (still can’t find the retrospective special online or I’d watch that, too) before I bid it goodbye forever. It was nice to see Dakota Johnson from Ben & Kate in the episode, too – she had a couple brief scenes (as “Dakota,” talking to Creed). **SPOILERS** Nice to see the Kelly character back, and Ryan, and especially Michael Scott because I didn’t think he’d be on at all – I cried out YES! when he appeared, and my kiddo came running in to see why I was crying, lol. There were times I couldn’t stand him before, the stuff they had him do/say made me cringe…but I sure missed him, lol. The whole episode was well done.

  • Randy

    @NBC, when I read your post all I’m hearing is “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!”

  • Randy

    I would also like to add that this was a press release from NBC. All press releases have always been on this website, that is one of it’s purposes. THAT is why it is news.

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