Fox’s crowning of a new American Idol on Thursday drew 14.3 million total viewers while scoring a 3.6 demo rating. While that of course marks week-to-week gains, it represents sharp declines of 33 and 44 percent from Season 11′s coronation night and the first time an Idol finale failed to deliver 20 million viewers.
In fact, The Big Bang Theory‘s season finale (14.8 mil/4.4) scored Thursday’s biggest audience and demo number, while dipping 10 percent week-to-week. (The hitcom’s previous finale did 13.7 mil/4.4.)
Leading out of that, Elementary‘s two-hour freshman finale (9 mil/2.0) ticked up a tenth.
The Office‘s series finale found 5.4 million people RSVPing, while netting a 2.9 rating — up 19 and 26 percent and hitting its best demo number since Jan. 19, 2012. (Due to Office overrun, Hannibal‘s unclear numbers are not yet worth reporting.)
Over on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy drew 8.6 mil/3.0, down a tenth week-to-week and off 25 percent from its previous finale, and Scandal (9.1 mil/3.2) delivered its most-watched episode ever while matching last week’s all-time demo high. Versus its freshman finale, Scandal surged 25 and 39 percent.
The CW’s Vampire Diaries (2.2 mil/1.0) was flat week-to-week and down from last year’s finale (2.5 mil/1.2). Beauty and the Beast‘s finale (1.34 mil/0.5) added a handful of eyeballs.