Ratings: ‘The Office’ Drops From Carell’s Goodbye Episode; ‘Idol’ Still Tops

Show unsurprisingly down from Steve Carell’s highly rated farewell

Thursday's "The Office" couldn't maintain the strong ratings for Steve Carell's goodbye episode last week — despite another assist from Will Ferrell — while "American Idol" continued its reliable streak of dominance with its Top 5 results show, according to preliminary numbers.

NBC's ratings had their ups and downs on Thursday, with "Community" at 8 p.m. flat compared to the previous week, taking a 1.4 rating/5 share in the adults 18-49 demo and 3.4 million total viewers. (Where's the love for Magnitude?). An "Office" repeat at 8:30 received a 1.1/3 in the demo and 2.6 million total viewers." A new episode at 9, with Ferrell at the helm of Dunder Mifflin, was down 17 percent compared to last week's farewell, with a 3.5/10 in the demo and 6.7 million total viewers. "Parks and Recreation" followed at 9:30, up 13 percent from last week with a 2.6/7 in the demo and 5 million total viewers. The season finale of "30 Rock" at 10 was also up over last week's episode, by 11 percent, and earned a 2.1/6 in the demo and 4.2 million total viewers. "Outsourced," at 10:30, was down 12 percent with a 1.5/4 in the demo and 3.1 million total viewers.

After several weeks of slight dips in its numbers, Fox's "American Idol" — which saw the departure of Jacob on Thursday — was up 7 percent compared to last week, taking the top ratings slot with a 6.1/20 in the demo and 20.8 million total viewers. That boost carried over to the just-renewed "Bones" at 9, which had an 18 percent jump in the demo with a 3.3/9 and 11 million total viewers.

At ABC, the evening started out with grim news; "Wipeout" at 8 experienced a 26 percent plummet compared to its last original episode on April 14, taking a 1.4/5 in the demo and 4.7 million total viewers. "Grey's Anatomy" the following hour took a 3.5/10 in the demo and 9.8 million total viewers."Private Practice" at 10 closed out the evening on an up note, up 5 percent from last week with a 2.3/6 in the demo and 6.8 million total viewers.

CBS experienced an evening of slight dips, with "The Big Bang Theory" at 8 down 6 percent at a 3.1/11 in the demo and 10.2 million total viewers. "Rules of Engagement" at 8:30 declined 4 percent, earning a 2.2/7 and 7.6 million total viewers. "CSI" at 9 dropped 8 percent to a 2.2/6 and 10.4 million total viewers, and "The Mentalist" at 10 was flat, taking a 2.6/7 and 13.6 million total viewers.