RATINGS RAT RACE: 'The Office' Drops Without Carell, 'American Idol' Up

Apologies for not filing a rating story earlier, it was a pretty big busy morning in TV news today. With the final ratings for last night in, here are the biggest highlights:

NBC’s The Office (3.5/10 in 18-49) was down 17% from last week’s episode, which marked the departure of star Steve Carell. It did better than the Carell’s penultimate episode.

NBC’s Parks and Recreation (2.5/7) was up 9% percent, while the season finale of 30 Rock (2.1/6) rose 11 percent. The paintball episode of Community (1.5/5), directed by the Russo brothers and guest starring Josh Holloway and Anthony Michael Hall, was up a tenth.

CBS’ and ABC’s scripted series were roughly on par, while ABC’s reality series Wipeout (1.4/5) tumbled 26% to a series low. On the flip side, Fox’s American Idol (6.3/20) was up 11%, and Bones (3.2/9) up almost as much.

In bubble-show watch, CW’s Nikita (1.9 million, 0.8/2) improved, while NBC’s Outsourced (1.5/4) was down 18%. Looking good for Nikita and not good for Outsourced.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2011/05/ratings-rat-race-the-office-drops-without-carell-american-idol-up-129383/