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.
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).
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.
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?