Ratings: ‘Parks and Recreation’ Series Finale Scores Most-Watched Episode Since 2012 (Updated)

NBC sitcom’s final episode viewers marks highest total since following “30 Rock” more than three years ago

Last Updated: February 25, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

“Parks and Recreation” went out with a bit of a bang on Tuesday — or at least whatever descriptive word one can attribute to a low-rated show hitting relatively good marks.

The Amy Poehler sitcom hauled in its most viewers (4.271 million) since January 2012, when the show followed “30 Rock.” “Parks'” 1.6 rating in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic is the show’s highest since May 2013, and is up 45 percent from last week’s episode.

Packaged with “The Voice,” NBC topped Tuesday in ratings; CBS was first in viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.1 rating/9 share in the key demo and second in total viewers with an average of 10.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. The time period premiere of “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a night-high 3.8/11 and had 13.8 million viewers. “Parks” followed at 10 with a one-hour episode that got a 5 share in addition to the above-mentioned ratings and viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.0/6 and first in viewers with 13.6 million. “NCIS” at 8 posted a 2.4/8 and primetime-best 17.4 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 9 had a 2.0/6 and 13.8 million viewers. “Person of Interest” at 10 received a 1.7/5 and 9.5 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.4/4 and fourth in viewers with 3.7 million. “MasterChef Junior” at 8 got a 1.6/5 and 4.8 million viewers. “New Girl” at 9 had a 1.4/4 and 2.9 million viewers. “The Mindy Project” at 9:30 received a 1.1/3 and 2.4 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 1.3/4 and third in viewers with 4.5 million. “Fresh Off the Boat” at 8 got a 1.9/6 and 5.8 million viewers. “Repeat After Me” at 8:30 had a 1.3/4 and 3.9 million viewers. “Marvel’s Agent Carter” at 9 received a 1.3/4 and four million viewers. “Forever” at 10 posted a 1.0/3 and 4.6 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 3.2 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million. At 8, “TV’s Hottest Commercials Countdown ’15” had a 0.4/1 and 1.4 million viewers. A rerun followed.

(Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story stated that the “Parks” finale was the sitcom’s most-watched episode since May 2011, which followed a season finale of “The Office,” as NBC had previously reported. TheWrap regrets the error.)