“The Office” reversed the weekly ratings decline that has plagued it ever since it started its new season on Sept. 22.
Last night — Thursday — the NBC comedy had a slight uptick in viewership, which must have come as a relief to the network and the show’s cast and crew because the series had been losing viewers every week since Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) was introduced as the new “Office” manager.
In the Nielsen overnights for Thursday, “The Office” drew 6.05 million viewers to NBC at 9/8c, up moderately from 5.816 million in the Nielsen nationals a week earlier. Before that, the show drew 7.641 million in its premiere and 6.697 million a week later on Sept. 29 as viewers apparently struggled to reignite their passion for the show in its first season without long-time star Steve Carell.
NBC still came in fourth place on the night, though. And it’s worth mentioning that CBS cancelled a new Thursday comedy — “How to Be a Gentleman” — whose audience was bigger than any of NBC’s Thursday comedies. Still, for those of us rooting for “The Office,” Thursday’s results, however modest, were good news.
Elsewhere in the Thursday overnight Nielsens:
CBS won the night with a three-hour, prime-time average of 12.224 million. “The Big Bang Theory” averaged 13.258 million viewers at 8/7c and a “Big Bang” repeat at 8:30/7:30c had 11.991 million (far better than “Gentleman” was doing in the time period). At 9/8c, “Person of Interest” scored 11.859 million. And at 10/9c, “The Mentalist” had 12.25 million viewers. All of CBS’s Thursday shows won their time periods.
Fox averaged 10.828 million with its two hours of “The X Factor” to come in second on the night.
ABC came in third, although its lineup fared slightly better than a week earlier. At 8, “Charlie’s Angels” was still anemic with 5.959 million viewers (and was reportedly cancelled on Friday). “Grey’s Anatomy” had 9.692 million viewers at 9 and “Private Practice” drew 6.705 million at 10. ABC’s average on the night: 7.452 million.
The rest of NBC’s lineup scored this way: “Community” at 8, 3.819 million; “Parks and Recreation” at 8:30, 3.995 million; “Whitney” at 9:30/8:30c, 4.205 million; and “Prime Suspect” at 10, 4.501 million.