Thanks to some mass renewals from NBC and ABC over the past few days, there was less drama than usual when it comes to the ratings for Thursday night’s programming. However, there were at least a couple of shows whose fate is still in the balance.
NBC – Following the news that it would be back for a 13-episode fourth season, “Community” kept most of its audience in scoring a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic along with over 3 million viewers. The same can be said for “30 Rock” (1.5), even though it dropped some of its overall viewers.
When it comes to finales, both “The Office” (2.2) and “Parks and Recreation” (1.7) each brought in their lowest numbers ever; however, they are each expected to be back for more next year. (“Awake” drew a 0.9 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, but it is also as good as dead.)
ABC – After “Missing” fell to a new series low with a 1.1 rating, “Grey’s Anatomy” rose to a 3.4 for its penultimate episode of the season; as for “Scandal,” it yet again boosted its renewal chances by scoring a 2.0 and drawing almost 6.5 million viewers.
CBS – Despite it being Howard’s wedding and the season finale, “The Big Bang Theory” actually dropped five-tenths on the night and scored a 4.2. However, “Rules of Engagement” (2.7), “Person of Interest” (2.6), and “The Mentalist” were all pretty even with their numbers from last week. (“Person” was up a tenth, and “Mentalist” was down the same amount.)
Fox – “American Idol” was of course strong with a 3.9 rating, while the newly-renewed “Touch” continues to stabilize with its 2.0.
The CW – Even though “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Secret Circle” each aired their season finales, neither show budged from the 1.1 and 0.5 that they drew for the week before. While we would have liked to see the latter show rise to guarantee a renewal, it’s still probably going to return for another year.