Ratings: Office, Bones Finish Seasons Strong

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The Office‘s extra-special guest star-studded season finale lured in the desired influx of looky-loos, gaining 12 percent week-to-week in total audience (with 7.1 million viewers) and surging 19 percent in the demo (to a 3.8, tops for any of Thursday’s scripted shows).

What’s more, the NBC comedy was up 12 percent versus its year-ago season-ender with Steve Carell.

Bones (10 mil/3.2) also had a superlative to report, giving birth to the Fox procedural’s best finale rating (3.2) since 2008.

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Elsewhere on Thursday:

8/7c | American Idol‘s penultimate results show drew 21.2 million viewers and a 6.2 rating, on par with a week ago and up 12 percent in the demo versus a year ago. The Big Bang Theory (11.1 mil/3.5) ended its season with week-to-week gains of 6 and 9 percent, as did the Saturday-bound Rules of Engagement (8.8 mil/2.5).

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9/8c | The Mentalist‘s two-hour season finale was the night’s most watched scripted program, averaging 13.75 million viewers and swelling every step of the way to a meaty 15.2 mil come Red John’s arrival. (See now the very “good” Ask Ausiello hint I dropped about the actor playing RJ?) Across the two-hour block, Mentalist averaged a 2.7 demo (up 5 percent), but it closed the night with a 3.2. Grey’s Anatomy‘s season finale (9.6 mil/3.4) was up a few points week-to-week.

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10/9c | Private Practice closed its season with 7.5 million viewers and a 2.5 rating, delivering its most watched episode since March 24 and gaining 9 percent in the demo. Parks and Recreation‘s final two episodes of the season averaged 4 million viewers and a 2.2 rating, down a bit from its last, regularly scheduled outing.

What were you watching this Thursday?

Comments (20)

  • Nice news on Bones. Keeps on ticking along against strong shows, year after year.

    Comment by Davad – May 20, 2011 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah Bones!!!!! This is my favorite drama show ever.

    Comment by Lu – May 20, 2011 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by sophie – May 20, 2011 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was watching the encore presentation of the Smallville series finale! :D

    Comment by Brittany – May 20, 2011 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I haven’t seen Bones yet but can’t wait to watch. Big Bang was great and the Mentalist had the best season finale I have seen in a long time.

    Comment by Carm – May 20, 2011 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s a shame that The Office had good numbers last night because it wasn’t a good episode at all. I’m guessing there were a lot of people that tuned in last night because they liked one of the guest stars and that those extra people won’t be tuning in again.
    It would have been a great opportunity to snag new viewers.

    Comment by Dieseled – May 20, 2011 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I keep hearing this, but I loved the episode. Catherine Tate was brilliant followed closely by Spader.

      Comment by B.Rich – May 20, 2011 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree with you! What a letdown it was. I thought Catherine Tate was the best of the interviewees, but I don’t see much long-term potential with her if she were to get the job. Overall, very disappointing episode–and I’m not one to usually complain every week about how it’s been “downhill since season 3″ or whatever.

      Comment by Alias – May 20, 2011 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Isn’t Catherine Tate a former “companion” for Dr. Who?

        Comment by Isn't – May 20, 2011 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • That’s correct…

          But she had also a show with an original title: The Cathrine Tate show…

          Comment by Ferry – May 22, 2011 04:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A ridiculously good night all around with the season finales. I’m not sure which made my jaw drop more, Bones or The Big Bang Theory. Both were definite game changers, and The Mentalist was insane as well. Looking forward to the falL!

    Comment by Alex – May 20, 2011 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just finished watching all of them, I’d say The Mentalist’s was the best finale among them. A lot of people called that Bones ending a while back, so it wasn’t as much of a surprise. The Office was mildly delightful, but didn’t feel as good. The Big Bang Theory was surprisingly pretty good.
    The Mentalist’s was the most explosive one though.

    Comment by Sourabh – May 20, 2011 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. The Mentalist finale was amazing, production wise. Kept you guessing the whole way, and the ending was very unexpected.

      Comment by JohnDoe – May 20, 2011 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree that The Mentalist was a terrific finale. I thought Jane was going to let him get away, even after the smarmy answers of how his wife and daughter smelled when he killed them, and then I bought that he needed “more” from Red John. I literally gasped when he sunk three shots into Red John’s midsection.

        It seemed exceptionally fitting that Jane then went back to his tea and paid his bill. I hope that he does get away with a self defense plea, but am still worried that Bertram is an RJ mole too.

        Comment by Yep – May 20, 2011 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was pleasantly surprised by The Big Bang Theory finale as well. I haven’t watched all of this season *cough*amy*cough* but the finale was great.

      Comment by Dieseled – May 20, 2011 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To me it felt more like a half hour episode stretched to fit into an hour. While it had it’s funny moments it went on too long. I think an extra 5-10 minutes would have suited it better. That way everything could have been condensed.
    The guest stars did a good job, including the return of Kathy Bates. I just didn’t feel the episode was all that funny and it kind of just dragged on without much purpose. Finales, even for a comedy, should be memorable as a whole not just, “Oh wow, look at how many guest stars they managed to book.”
    Glad to hear some people enjoyed it, though.

    Comment by Dieseled – May 20, 2011 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved the Big Bang Theory season finale! Shocker! (i also purchased dvds of season 1-3 yesterday, on sale at Target! can’t wait for S4 to come out) I feel like TBBT’s rating has slipped a bit since they moved it to Thursday this season, and am wondering whether it’ll go up to 13-16mil again.

    Didn’t watch Bones (I missed last week’s too) because I wanted to catch the Office finale! And I’m so glad I did! I didn’t know Catherine Tate was going to be on, and i almost flipped when she came on my tv!!! Brilliant!

    Also caught the Parks and rec finale. I’m enjoying this show so much. Still haven’t seen most of S1 and 2, but I’ll go back and catch up this summer.

    Comment by Mars – May 20, 2011 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just wanted to show some love for Parks and Rec. One of my favorite shows on tv.

    Comment by Meg – May 20, 2011 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • bones. duh.

    Comment by amanda – May 21, 2011 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Vampire Diaries rule Thursday nights for me on the CW. Love Damon and Stefan!!!

    Comment by lori johnson – May 28, 2011 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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