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Primetime Ratings: Fox Edges CBS for Thursday Win

'Big Bang Theory' finale up 20% from last year
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Fox took Thursday
night with an overall 2.9 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demo, according to
Nielsen overnight numbers. American Idol was down a tenth from last
week, while Touch was even at 2.0.

CBS
landed in a close second with a 2.8/8 (but first in total viewers). The Big
Bang Theory
ended its fifth season with a 4.2 rating, down 11% from last
week but up 20% from last year's ender. Rules of Engagement was even at
2.7. Person of Interest was up a tenth to a 2.6 while The Mentalist
was down a tenth to a 2.4.

ABC
placed third for the evening with a 2.2/6. Missing sank to a new low
of 1.1, down a tenth from last week. Grey's Anatomy was up a tenth to a
3.4 and Scandal was up a tenth to a 2.0.

NBC
came in fourth with a 1.4/4, airing a pair of finales. Both The Office and
Parks & Recreation drew finale lows of 2.2 and 1.7, respectively.
Earlier, Community was even with last week's 1.4 and 30 Rock was
up a tenth to a 1.5. Awake was up 29% from last week's low to a 0.9.

The
CW rounded out the night with a 0.8/2. The Vampire Diaries, airing its season finale, was down a
tenth to a 1.1. The Secret Circle, also airing its season finale, was even at 0.5.

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