urx unit loader TV ratings: 'The Office' rises with Steve Carell's departure; FOX tops Thursday
office goodbye michael2 TV ratings: 'The Office' rises with Steve Carell's departure; FOX tops ThursdayFast National ratings for Thursday, April 28, 2011

Steve Carell‘s final episode of “The Office” brought the show a bit of a ratings bump Thursday, but otherwise it was a not-very-impressive start to sweeps for the broadcast networks. “American Idol” dipped a bit, and new episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “CSI” were all below their season averages.

(Since “The Office” ended at the odd time of 9:52 p.m. ET, we won’t have exact viewership figures until later in the day. The numbers below for the 9:30-10 p.m. slot also include the first few minutes of “Parks and Recreation.”)

FOX led the night with 14.4 million viewers and an 8.6 rating/14 share in households. CBS (11 million, 6.9/11) came in second overall. ABC (8 million, 5.3/8) came in third, followed by NBC (5.3 million, 3.2/5). The CW trailed with 2.2 million viewers and a 1.4/2.

The adults 18-49 title also went to FOX, which scored a 4.2 rating in the demographic. CBS and NBC tied for second at 2.5, while ABC was not far behind at 2.3. The CW earned a 0.9.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” results (19 million viewers, 11.2/18 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (10.5 million, 6.3/11)/”Rules of Engagement” (7.8 million, 4.8/7)
ABC: “20/20” special – “The Royal Wedding: A Modern Fairytale” (6.9 million, 4.6/7)
NBC: “Community” (3.6 million, 2.3/4)/”The Office” rerun (3.15 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.6 million, 1.7/3) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (5.5) 9 p.m. CBS: “CSI” (10.5 million, 6.8/10)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (10.3 million, 6.9/10)
FOX: “Bones” (9.8 million, 6.0/9)
NBC: “The Office” (8.25 million, 4.8/7)/”The Office”-“Parks and Recreation” (8 million, 4.6/7)
The CW: “Nikita” (1.7 million, 1.1/2) 18-49 leader: “The Office” (4.1) 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” (13.2 million, 8.5/14)
ABC: “Private Practice” (6.7 million, 4.6/7)
NBC: “Parks and Recreation” (4.65 million, 2.8/4)/”30 Rock” (4 million, 2.6/4) 18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” (2.6) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable