Thursday Ratings for May 19: FOX Enjoys High Ratings with 'Bones,' 'Idol'
Matt Click
Matt Click
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Last night, FOX dominated with the steadily rising American Idol and the season finale of Bones.

Bones aired its season finale last night, and ended the episode with quite the surprise. The episode was Bones' highest rated finale since 2008, with 10.05 million viewers. Fans are hungry for more Bones, so it's going to be a long summer.

And if you missed last night's finale, check out our Bones recap here.

Idol's Ryan Seacrest had some shocking news to deliver last night (no seriously, it was shocking this time). Raspy-voiced Idol contestant Haley Reinhart was given the axe. Idol had 21.19 million viewers tune in to watch her go. If I may weigh in, I'm severely disappointed in our final two competitors. Scotty just doesn't entertain me in the least, and Lauren has the personality of a board. I wasn't the biggest Haley fan, but she won me over with her Zeppelin cover on Wednesday, which I thought was spot-on. Ah well.

Expect ratings to skyrocket next week for the Idol finale, which will have zero competition due to most of the other shows in the time slots airing their finales this week.

Read more about Haley's elimination in our Idol recap.

On NBC, The Office season finale saw a rise in ratings (the first rise since Steve Carell's departure), with 7.07 million viewers. And the Parks and Recreation finale held steady, with 3.72 million viewers.

Things are looking grim for Grey's Anatomy, which had its lowest rated season finale ever last night, with 9.58 million viewers. Can Grey's ever get healthy again, or is the show on life support? I suppose we'll find out next season!

Read our Grey's recap here!

And on CBS, season finales across the board enjoyed high ratings. The Big Bang Theory (11.12 million viewers), Rules of Engagement (8.80 million viewers) and the two-hour Mentalist (14.84 million viewers) all rose.

Source: Nielsen

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