Primetime Ratings: Fox's 'Idol' Beats Out Thursday's Finales

CBS finales rise; guest-star heavy 'Office' finale wins 9 p.m.

Despite a night packed with season finales, Fox beat out the
competition in Thursday night's ratings race, with an overall 4.7 rating/13
share in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnight numbers. The American Idol results remained steady at
6.2, while the season finale of Bones fell
6% to a 3.2.

CBS' nabbed the second spot with a 2.8/8. Both the season
finales of The Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement were up 9% to a 3.5
and 2.5, respectively. The Mentalist's
finale was up a tenth to a 2.7.

ABC earned an overall 2.5/7, beginning with a steady Wipeout at 1.7. The season finales of
its medical drama Grey's Anatomy was
up 6% to a 3.4, while spinoff Private Practice
increased 9% to a 2.5.

NBC followed with a 2.4/7. The season finale of The Office, which featured a slew of guest stars including Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, James Spader, Ray Ramano and Ricky Gervais, was up 19% to a 3.8 to win the 9 p.m. hour. The season finale of Parks
and Recreation
stayed flat at 2.4.

The CW aired all repeats for an overall 0.5/1.