Ratings: Tree Hill Farewell Ticks Up, Happy Endings Finale Dips, Betty White Rocks for NBC

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NBC this morning is saying “Prank you very much” to the 90 years young Betty White, whose hidden camera show gave the Peacock its (faint praise alert) best audience in the Wednesday lead-off slot in four months.

Specifically, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers drew 7.2 million total viewers (the time slot’s largest audience since Nov. 11′s Christmas in Rockefeller Center) while scoring a 1.8 rating (the best demo delivery since Jan. 11).

NBC newbie Best Friends Forever led out of that with 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating, improving on Are You There, Chelsea‘s finale audience by 26 percent but merely matching its predecessor’s demo performance.

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Of the night’s three finales, One Tree Hill wrapped its nine-year run with a two-hour average of 1.4 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, up 4 and 14 percent week-to-week, Happy Endings closed its sophomore season with 3.7 mil and a 1.6 (down 10 and 16 percent), and the blink-and-you-missed-it Bent‘s season-ending double-header averaged 2.24 and a 0.8 (down 8 percent and a tenth).

Elsewhere on the night:

* American Idol led Wednesday this time around with 16.7 million total viewers and a 4.7 rating, down 7 and 11 percent week-to-week.

* Survivor (10.1 mil/2.7) dropped two tenths in the demo.

* Criminal Minds (11.23 mil/3.0) dipped 6 percent, while CSI (11.9 mil/2.9) gained 5 and 12 percent.

Comments (29)

  • Hope ABC renews Happy Endings for another season. One of the best sitcoms of the year. :-)

    Comment by bad kevin – April 5, 2012 08:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I caught the last 10 mins of Off your Rocker, I had no idea it was on. At first I thought it was going to be a series, but after the 1 airing a few months ago I never saw it again. Is this going to be like a 1 episode every few months series or what??

    Comment by Ed – April 5, 2012 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • January was a preview of the show. It will now be on every week for the rest of the 12 episode order!

      Comment by BWhiteFan – April 5, 2012 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Happy Endings finale was one of their best episodes! I’m sad to hear it was down and Best Friends Forever started weak. BFF actually was pretty funny.

    Comment by tvaddict – April 5, 2012 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Happy Endings need Modern Family’s new episodes to start off the night, or ABC needs to make Wednesday family comedy night, and Tuesday Roommate, Friends, comedy night. With that being said, Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 33 would be on Tuesday making way for two 1 hour dramas, and Last Man Standing could be placed on Wednesday before the Middle.

    Comment by Joseph – April 5, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B- don’t go with the rest of the family shows on Wednesday night. The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family are all family shows. Last Man Standing would fit in perfectly. Also, Cougar Town would fit better with Happy Endings or Don’t Trust the B-.

      Comment by Little Scarf Girl – April 5, 2012 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Totally agree! Plus, the fact that all three other shows last night were repeats, many people may not have tuned in thinking Happy Ending was as well. Love the show…..and it and Cougar Town would make for an absolutely hilarious hour!

        Comment by stucker1516 – April 5, 2012 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Assuming the ratings hold, it seems like the sort of show that should easily be a part of the network’s schedule next fall. The ratings aren’t that impressive overall, but for NBC, they are very good, especially since the show went up against “Survivor” and “Idol.” I have a hard time imagining it’s an expensive show to produce, so perhaps it can even be part of the network’s summer schedule to help it gain momentum.

    And if it is a part of the network’s fall schedule, perhaps a struggling sitcom like “Community,” “30 Rock,” or even “Bent” can be put after it. Hell, why not order more episodes of both “Off Their Rockers” and “Bent” and put both them on during the summer?

    Comment by Brian J – April 5, 2012 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Community is the best rated comedy on NBC now.

      Comment by Midori – April 5, 2012 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, it’s the best rated comedy that aired last week. Actually, Parks and Recreation and The Office are better rated, when they are on. That said, Community is the 3rd best rated comedy and I declare that a victory!

        Comment by Holly – April 5, 2012 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Bent?

    Comment by Magali – April 5, 2012 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t understand why ABC had to air the last couple episodes of Happy Endings with NO OTHER NEW COMEDIES or NEW REVENGE!!!?!?!?!?!? Just to make room for Apt 23? While that new show isn’t terrible, it’s nowhere near the level of Happy Endings. They better renew the show for a 3rd season!!!

    Comment by Jess – April 5, 2012 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Apt 23 is pretty good and don’t worry HE looks safe, its a great show

      Comment by mike – April 5, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Criminal Minds episode was just so great!! The show keeps delivering every Wednesday night even after 7 yrs on air!

    Comment by Lusiana Maggiore (@uglylusiana) – April 5, 2012 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. It was a very good (albeit creepy and dark) episode (directed by Matthew!).

      Comment by kirads09 – April 5, 2012 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Bent! Every episode gets better & better – sharp writing, fun characters. REALLY REALLY hope NBC gives this show a 2nd chance!

    Comment by Jackie Knoll – April 5, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree its such a good show. NBC needs to give this show a chance rather than cancel it.

      Comment by ATA – April 5, 2012 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes! I love Bent! I just wish we got to see them kiss last night.

      Comment by Rebecca – April 5, 2012 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GO CSI!

    Comment by mes – April 5, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t believe One Tree Hill didn’t get even higher numbers, the retrospective pre show really reminded me how much I loved this show and all its characters. A great 9 years. It will be missed.

    Comment by Gerald – April 5, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. It will be sorely missed!

      Comment by Susy – April 5, 2012 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After that Bent finale, they better renew! I haven’t seen sexual tension like that in a LOOOONNNGGGG time. So good!

    Comment by Magically Suspicious – April 5, 2012 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am sad to report that David Walton has joined a CBS pilot. I loved Bent I thought it was clever, witty and funny and it should be on in place of The Office which has not been funny since last season, well really the last couple seasons. Anyways there has been no official word yet from NBC but sounds like Bent’s fate is sealed. Which is why they are the lowest rated network on the air! Sorry but if they give the Betty White show and the BFF show full season orders that will be the last straw for me and if they do not renew Parenthood I will be super pissed.

    Comment by really – April 5, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh but I do watch Awake…but I am sure they wont renew that show either!

      Comment by really – April 5, 2012 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Each epi of Bent gets better.

    Comment by Velvet – April 5, 2012 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the rating for oth’s series finale is pretty low. how sad. u will be missed, oth :(

    Comment by mary – April 5, 2012 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watch Happy Endings here and there, and I enjoyed the finale. The whole time I was wondering why they’d air the finale of a bubble show after a repeat of Modern Family. Why not wait until next week to air it? It’s just common sense, but then again, that’s something most of these network execs lack.

    Comment by Lindsey – April 5, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think ABC knew that Happy Endings was already going to be renewed!
      so they rather cushion the “…..Apartment 23″ premiere with the new episodes of the really famous shows, so it could get a high raiting.

      Comment by wiicho – April 5, 2012 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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