C’mon. Sure, The Office was down last night from last week’s final-Steve-Carell-episode, but it was higher than the episode two weeks ago that included Carell. So you could say that The Office without Carell is doing just as well (better!) than it was doing with him. You should’ve noted that in this morning’s report.
I agree that there should’ve been some notation in this morning’s report other than simply comparing it to last week’s swan song for Carell. Blame it on me erring on the side of posting faster rather than posting better. That still = mea culpa. That said, not so fast.
I’m going with a sort of Olympic scoring and throwing out sentimentality and curiosity based ratings. Of course it was no surprise that the ratings for the finale (4.2 adults 18-49 rating) saw a bump. But I’m not really surprised that last night’s Carell-less episode (3.5 A18-49) was a little higher than Carell’s penultimate episode (3.3 A18-49), because people are curious.
I don’t really have an opinion on how The Office will fare post-Carell. I do however think those who are saying that NBC has already milked enough money out of The Office and should just cancel it are nuts. NBC would be crazy not to at least try it, it’s been its highest-rated scripted show. It will be interesting to see how it fares next season.