Thursday Ratings for May 5: 'Bones' Renewal Draws Viewers, 'Idol' Rules
Matt Click
Matt Click
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
What a great Thursday night for FOX. Rupert Murdoch broke out the good champagne to fill his pool with last night. Both American Idol and Bones saw sizable increases in viewers over last week. CBS fared well with The Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist.

It was announced yesterday that Bones, FOX's hit forensic crime figurehead, would be renewed for a seventh season, despite star Emily Deschanel's pregnancy. Bones flourished under the news, with a whopping 18% increase over last week, and a total of 11.09 million viewers. Looks like FOX made the right call in renewing Bones.

And if you missed it, check out our Bones recap.

Speaking of renewals, Ryan Seacrest revealed on last night's Idol that the reality singing competition would be returning for an eleventh season. This surprises exactly no one (except maybe Steven Tyler, who now has an excuse to buy more puffy pirate shirts). Idol was up 7% from last week, with 20.81 million total viewers, who all tuned in to see gospel belter Jacob Lusk get sent home after weeks of speculation.

Head over to our Idol recap for a breakdown of last night's episode.

In NBC comedy land, ratings felt the departure of Steve Carell from The Office. The first Carell-less episode resulted in a 17% drop in viewers, with just 6.76 million tuning in. Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock were both up slightly, with 5.07 and 4.21 million viewers, respectively. Can The Office survive without Steve Carell, or is it done for?

CBS didn't do too shabby. Even with The Big Bang Theory down 20%, it still managed to scoop up 10.26 million (a definite achievement, considering Big Bang Theory is about as unfunny as sitcoms come). The Mentalist stayed consistent with 13.64 million viewers.

Grey's Anatomy was down again this week, with a 20% decrease. It managed 9.86 million viewers. Ratings for Grey's have been middling at best this season.

Our Grey's recap will fill you in on anything you might have missed.

The Vampire Diaries is steadily chugging along. Easily one of the CW's highest rated programs, it had 2.67 million viewers last night.

Read our TVD recap here!

That does it for Thursday ratings! Tune in tomorrow for Friday shows.

Source: Nielsen

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