May Sweeps Kick Off With Big Night for ‘Idol’; Carell’s Exit From ‘The Office’ Scores for NBC

Apr 29, 2011  •  Post A Comment

NBC got a strong performance from its expanded and much-hyped Steve Carell farewell episode of “The Office” on the first night of May sweeps, but it was business as usual for “American Idol” and Fox, which won the night outright, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox finished well ahead of the pack in the 18-49 demo with a 4.2 average rating for the night, beating NBC (2.5 average), CBS (2.5) and ABC (2.3). The margin was tighter in total viewers, but Fox came out on top with 14.4 million to CBS’s 11.0 million, ABC’s 8.0 million and NBC’s 5.3 million.

At 8 p.m. "Idol" averaged a 5.45 in the 18-49 demo for the hour, while CBS’s "The Big Bang Theory" and "Rules of Engagement" logged a 3.2 average and a 2.3, respectively, in the same demo. NBC’s "Community’" netted a 1.5, ABC’s "20/20" a 1.35 and CW’s "The Vampire Diaries" a 1.2, all in the same demo.

"The Office," airing from 9-9:50, had a 4.05 average in the 18-49 demographic, while ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy" collected a mean score of 3.55 in the same demo for the 9 p.m. hour, and Fox’s "Bones" had a 2.8. CBS’s "CSI" garnered a 2.3, and CW’s "Nikita" a 0.6, both in the 18-49 demo.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by CBS’s "The Mentalist" with a 2.55 average in the 18-49 demographic, better than ABC’s "Private Practice" with an average of 2.15. NBC’s expanded "Parks & Recreation" and "30 Rock" scored a 2.3 and a 1.9, respectively, in the 18-49 demo.

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