All of net's dramas up Thursday; Fox's 'Idol,' too

Fox’s ”American Idol” and ABC’s ”Grey’s Anatomy” were on the rise on the final Thursday of the television season, with the medical drama logging its best scores since mid-winter and closing ahead of its finale of a year ago. ABC’s ”Missing” and ”Scandal” also finished up, and CBS’ ”Person of Interest” and ”The Mentalist” were solid in their finales.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”Grey’s Anatomy” averaged a 3.9 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour, up 11% week to week and up 8% vs. last year’s finale (which may have been held down by Steve Carell’s swansong on an hourlong ”The Office”). ”Grey’s,” which in its eighth year will again finish as the season’s top-rated drama among adults 18-49, drew its best demo score since early February and its largest overall audience since January. It was the night’s No. 1 show in 18-34 (3.1/10) and all key female demos.

The serialized dramas surrounding ”Grey’s Anatomy,” ”The Missing” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and ”Scandal” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall), also edged up a few ticks in their finales. ”Scandal,” which returns to its 10 p.m. timeslot in the fall, established series highs and ran a close second in 18-49 to CBS’ ”The Mentalist” while winning its hour among the broadcasters in adults 18-34.

ABC finished second on the night in 18-49 to Fox, whose ”American Idol” results show (4.2/14 in 18-49, 15.8 million viewers overall) should finish up in the 8%-10% range week to week. It was the night’s top-rated program, though it was down about 30% year to year. It was followed by ”Touch” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), which was down a tick week to week as it went up against two drama finales.

CBS, whose ”The Big Bang Theory” wrapped last week, kicked off the night with a ”Big Bang” repeat (2.4/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) followed by the season finale of ”Rules of Engagement” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), with each ranking second among the broadcasters. From 9 to 11 p.m., the season finales of crime dramas ”Person of Interest” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall) and ”The Mentalist” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall) were roughly in line with last week and down about 10% from last year’s two-hour ”Mentalist” finale. ”Person” ran second to ”Grey’s” in key demos while easily winning the hour in total viewers, and ”Mentalist” led in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

For the night, CBS was a tick behind second-place ABC in 18-49 and ran second to Fox in adults 25-54 (3.5/9) while edging out the ”Idol” net for the lead among total viewers.

NBC, which has ordered 13 episodes of ”Community” for next season, decided to air three originals on the final Thursday of the season, and the show’s small but loyal aud showed up. All three episodes averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and averaged 2.7 million viewers overall , down slightly from its single-episode scores of last week. All three installments of ”Community” ranked as the No. 2 series in their timeslots among adults 18-34. The Peacock also aired the season finale of ”30 Rock,” at 8:30, and it too did a 1.3 rating in 18-49 (2.9 million viewers overall). And closing out the night was drama ”Awake” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), which will end its run next week.

CW, whose Thursday dramas wrapped last week, aired the special ”Perez Hilton All Access: Katy Perry” at 8 (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and a repeat of ”The Vampire Diaries” at 9 (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.0/9; ABC, 2.5/7; CBS, 2.4/7; Univision, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.4 million; Fox, 11.1 million; ABC, 8.4 million; Univision, 3.7 million; NBC, 2.5 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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