Ratings: The Office Surges With Swan Song, Idol Down Sharply Vs. 2012 Finale, Scandal Hits High

Ratings Office Series Finale American Idol DownFox’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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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Comments (36)

  • Yay Scandal!! I am going to miss you all summer.

    Comment by Pati D – May 17, 2013 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome job The Office and Scandal. :D

    Comment by Esaul – May 17, 2013 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So what. The Neilsons are a scam and a joke. When all shows get cancelled to “low ratings” and people start finding other venues, the neilsons will be out of business. Programs went from radio to television. Soon we may not even watch tv, but shows online. Lets get an accurate representation of tv viewers.

    Comment by Alice – May 17, 2013 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Okay, I’ll bite. What’s your specific beef here?

      Comment by Lauren – May 17, 2013 09:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My beef is that 18 shows were cancelled and possibly more. How can people not say its run its course. Only 25000 have neilson boxes and its just not accurate.

        Comment by Alice – May 17, 2013 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I don’t know about Alice, but the Neilsen system is terribly inaccurate and outdated. This article gives more detail than I’d ever be able to: http://splitsider.com/2011/01/why-nielsen-ratings-are-inaccurate-and-why-theyll-stay-that-way/

        Comment by popculture420 – May 17, 2013 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The reason I’ve questioned the Neilsen ratings is this, I’m a letter carrier and every time they send out an envelope to someone they send them to vacant houses. I’d guess in my 12 years of carrying mail 90%+ have been sent to vacant houses with the occasional vacant lot thrown in for good measure.

          Comment by Doug – May 19, 2013 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You know I hardly ever watch TV the traditional way through cable or antenna. It’s 90% Internet so how are they tracking me? I

      Comment by Name That Tune – May 17, 2013 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • +1

      Half owned by CBS.

      Comment by TV Critic – May 17, 2013 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey, let’s fudge the numbers and say The Office’s overrun is really a 2.9 for Hannibal. We all want it to get renewed, right? Right!

    Comment by Dryden – May 17, 2013 08:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved the Big Bang and Grey’s Finales and for what its worth Hannibal was awesome last night!!!

    Comment by Nicole – May 17, 2013 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im getting frustrated with all of the scandal love. It’s a good show, but the premise is so specific that it won’t be able to last nearly as long as greys. And thanks tvline for listing the competition greys had, it did amazing considering what it was up against. Of course scandal would do better.

    Comment by Anoninga – May 17, 2013 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wah wah go cry to your mommy. The fact of the matter is that no one wants Scandal to go on as long as Grey’s has and become a turgid, insipid mess like that show has become. That show has been running on fumes for years and I would hate to see that happen to my precious Scandal!

      Comment by Christian – May 17, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 8M+ is hardly fumes, especially given 9 years. Most shows dream of those numbers.

        Comment by Mary – May 17, 2013 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Absolutely! Go Grey’s! It’s pretty much unheard of to still pull numbers that strong as a serial drama in its 9th season!

          Comment by Twilight123 – May 17, 2013 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT wasn’t that good last night. As a stand alone episode it was okay, but as a season finale it was kind of a let down. I was very surprised but will still watch next season.

    Comment by Leigh – May 17, 2013 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Other than a couple of specific episodes (“the parking space fight” and the one with Regina King from Southland, when Sheldon told his assistant she was an egg sandwich) this season was pretty weak compared to earlier seasons IMHO.

      One thing was good about last night’s finale was the writers FINALLY ending that tired comedic arc at the end. (being as vague as possible for those who havent seen it yet).

      Comment by Pat D. – May 17, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Headline is kind of misleading. Scandal had practically NO competition, so of course it would have done well. Grey’s Anatomy deserves praise for holding its own, even when up against numerous other shows.
    Rant over.

    Comment by Benajmin – May 17, 2013 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • SCANDAL had the exact same competition it ever had this spring — ELEMENTARY (aka TV’s No. 1 new drama) and HANNIBAL. In fact, the 15-minute OFFICE overrun slightly increased the competition as 10 o’clock came around. So yes, drawing its largest audience ever is still noteworthy.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 17, 2013 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal was superb! ABC must promote the heck out of it to retain those numbers come September…

    Comment by shuayb – May 17, 2013 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT final was decent, but not as good as the last two episodes. Atleast they finally did with Raj what should of been done a few seasons ago. Also I figure they was going to be some hook with the job like Sheldon secertary end up with the job on a boat somehow (to explain they keep having her pop up thoughout the season).

    Comment by Paul8148 – May 17, 2013 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grey’s had some of their toughest competition of the season last night (AI season finale and Office series finale) and they still did pretty good overall. That’s a nice 1-2 punch ABC has on Thursday nights and I’m glad they’ll both be in those same spots next season! Both finales were pretty darn great last night. =)

    Comment by HeatherC – May 17, 2013 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • does anyone know how Nashville and arrow supernatural CSI Chicago fire did on Wednesday

    Comment by mike – May 17, 2013 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Never seen office before but I did catch the last 15 minutes because I was waiting for Hannibal. Those 15 minutes weren’t very funny, but it was interesting so I’ve decided to watch the show on Netflix.

    Comment by c0rinne – May 17, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • then you will hopefully realize why that was a clown comment you just stated.

      Comment by JB Smooove – May 17, 2013 08:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal is awesome!

    Comment by Midori – May 17, 2013 10:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Beauty and the Beast had a 1.34/0.5!? The CW should have put it on Friday at 8/7c next fall instead of Monday at 9/8c. If it can’t gain numbers with The Vampire Diaries, it won’t gain numbers with Hart of Dixie.

    Comment by A – May 17, 2013 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Was hoping TVD would match the last season finale even though I haven’t seen the last few episodes yet.
    Grey’s will hopefully get adjusted up. It was great.

    Comment by John – May 17, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i don’t watch Scandal, but good for it!

    Comment by cjeffery7 – May 17, 2013 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Talk about a crowded Thursday. There was something for everyone.

    Elementary’s season finale was excellent. Loved the twists (one of which was very refreshing to see). Wonderful performances. I’d like to single out Jonny Lee Miller. He knocked it out of the park last night. I’m looking forward to Season 2.

    As for the ratings, I believe those numbers will change (On Demand, DVR). Elementary gets far better numbers than what’s listed on here.

    Comment by Tania – May 17, 2013 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess I’m in the minority here, but I just don’t find Scandal good. It is very cartoonish. I saw the midseason episodes and found the lead characters interesting, but that interest quickly waned. It’s a mess of a series and I guess that people just like it that way. More power to them.

    Comment by Tania – May 17, 2013 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t watch it because I can’t stand Shonda Rhimes’ writing. Brainless nonsense IMO.

      Comment by Kaycey – May 17, 2013 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have been a dyehard Idol fan for years and I watch the Voice too. This time I didn’t. Why? I watched their talented group and no one compared to the girls on Idol. I want a true talented singer..not a flash pan talky singer who has neat rhythms. I want a SANGER! So to fine that, you HAVE to come to Idol. But was it the judges that lowered the ratings? No, I loved Keith and Nicki (Mariah can go and Thanks for the memories NOT Randy). I think it’s the song choices. BORING. Candice won for she had great choices in songs. But even the finale. Is that all the boys can sing is 50′s music? BORING. The person fired should be the person who decides the music.

    Comment by Vicki – May 18, 2013 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the voice and dateline.

    Comment by jake – May 20, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think American idol needs to get new judges.Reba would be fun.Next, have the contestants sing songs they know.Re-think the song lay outs.Jlo was fun.

    Comment by jake – May 20, 2013 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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