Ratings: Office Send-Off Draws Good Crowd

Steve Carell’s long-gestating and super-sized adieu to The Office was watched by at least 8.1 million total viewers and drew a 4.1 demo rating, representing a 20 percent week-to-week gain and the NBC comedy’s best numbers since January 20. Those tallies could inch higher once the 10 minutes of Parks and Rec overlap is abacus’d out of the equation.

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Me: How much did you love them revealing the “trophy” moment we’ve seen in the opening credits all these years?

Recap: The Office Says Farewell to Michael Scott With a Tear and a Smile

Elsewhere this Thursday:

8/7c | American Idol topped the night with 19 million total viewers and a 5.5 demo rating, on par with its week-ago results show. The Big Bang Theory returned to 10.5 mil and a 3.2 rating, dipping 10 percent in the demo; lead-out Rules Of Engagement (7.77 mil/2.3) hit a season-low demo. Over on NBC, Community (3.6 mil/1.5) saw a tiny uptick in viewers while the 8:30 Office repeat (3.15 mil/1.5) improved on Paul Reiser‘s demos by a good 65 percent. The CW’s Vampire Diaries (2.6 mil/1.2) staked a 9 percent gain in the demo.

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9/8c | CSI (10.5 million) and Grey’s Anatomy (10.3 mil) virtually tied in total audience. Versus their previous fresh outings, Grey’s plunged 26 percent in the demo from its musical episode (to a 3.5), while CSI dropped 21 percent to a series-low 2.3. Opposite all-new competition, Bones (9.8 mil/2.8) was down 12 percent, and bubble show Nikita (1.74 mil/0.6!) slid 14 percent. Not good, Nik.

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10/9c | The Mentalist was the night’s most watched scripted program with 13.3 million total viewers, though its 2.6 demo rating marked a 15-percent drop. Private Practice (6.66 mil/2.2) fell 12 percent and 23 percent, respectively. In half hour-later slots, Parks and Recreation (4.65 mil/2.3) did typical numbers, but 30 Rock (4 mil/1.9) was down 14 percent.

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What were you watching this Thursday?