TV ratings: 'Scandal' surges to series high Thursday, 'The Office' rises ahead of finale

scandal-ratings-may-9-13.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, May 9, 2013

ABC's "Scandal" recorded its best ratings ever with its next-to-last episode of the season, topping every other drama on the air Thursday in adults 18-49. "The Office" also saw a ratings bump a week before its series finale, growing by half a point in the 18-49 demographic.

Also Thursday, "The Big Bang Theory" was even with last week's fast nationals and again claimed the title of the night's most-watched show. The season finales of "Two and a Half Men," "Glee" and "Community" were all up over last week. "American Idol" rose a little too.

CBS drew 12.1 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/12 share in households for the night, winning the viewer race by a pretty comfortable margin over FOX (8.6 million, 5.5/9). ABC (7.3 million, 4.8/8) came in third. NBC took fourth with 3.3 million viewers and a 2.1/3. The CW finished with 1.7 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

CBS also led the 18-49 demographic with a 2.7 rating. ABC and FOX tied for second at 2.4. NBC scored a 1.5 in the demo and The CW a 0.7.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (15.7 million viewers, 9.6/17 households)/"Two and a Half Men" season finale (12.6 million, 7.8/13)
FOX: "American Idol" (11.2 million, 7.0/12)
ABC: "Wipeout" season premiere (4.3 million, 2.5/4)
NBC: "Community" (3.1 million, 2.0/3)/"The Office" rerun (2.4 million, 1.6/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (2.15 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (4.6)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Person of Interest" season finale (13 million, 7.9/12)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (8.6 million, 5.8/9)
FOX: "Glee" season finale (6.1 million, 3.9/6)
NBC: "The Office" (4.4 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast" (1.3 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (2.9)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Elementary" (9.15 million, 5.8/10)
ABC: "Scandal" (8.9 million, 6.2/10)
NBC: "Hannibal" (2.7 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: "Scandal" (3.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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