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Ratings: Big Bang, The Office and Parks and Rec Finales Dip

Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons

The Big Bang Theory closed out its fifth season as Thursday's top-rated show.

The comedy drew 13.3 million viewers and a 4.2 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. It was down 11 percent from last week, but still trumped American Idol 's rating, a 3.9.

Idol was the most-watched show of the night, with 15 million viewers. Lead-out Touch, which was just renewed, was flat with 6.9 million viewers ...
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Thursday TV: Big Bang and Other Finales, Reveals on Scandal and Awake

The Big Bang Theory

One small gesture can be worth a thousand punch lines. This becomes clear in the last moments of The Big Bang Theory's funny and ultimately touching season finale (CBS, 8/7c), as the gang prepares to watch Howard Walowitz — or "Froot Loops," to his fellow astronauts (you'll learn why) — go into space. But not before hastily arranging an accelerated wedding for Howard and his beloved, Bernadette (Don't Call Her Ma), whose one condition is that ...
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Ratings: Big Bang, Scandal, Touch and Parks and Rec Rise

Simon Helberg

The Big Bang Theory was Thursday's top-rated show again, but Fox took the night overall thanks to American Idol.

Big Bang improved 12 percent to 13.27 million viewers and a 4.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. It was a great night for CBS as it saw growths for all of its shows.

Idol: Who made the final four?

Fox edged CBS by two-tenths for the demo win with Idol (15 million, 3.9), which was ...
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Ask Matt: House, Once vs. Grimm, Fringe Renewal

Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard

Send your questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Needless to say, the very end of last week's House episode was a shocker. Do you think that this will be some catalyst to finally cause a permanent change in House and that the last episodes are watching that happen? That being said, I hope that next week's portrayed ending is not as drastic as it appears [in the teaser]. Irony aside, it just wouldn't be fair to the impacted character, and it would be too pedestrian a reason for such a transformation in House. — Suzie

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NBC Stretches Community's Season Finale to 90 Minutes

Joel McHale

Following its recent rise in the ratings, NBC is putting some major faith into Community.

The network has moved the struggling sitcom's season finale to May sweeps — May 17 to be exact — and added... read more

Save These Shows: 14 Bubble Shows We Hope Will Survive

Community, 30 Rock, Touch

This time of year can be brutal for TV fans. In the next few weeks, a number of shows will be canceled to make room for fall's new kids. The sad reality is that for every The Playboy Club or Charlie's Angels sent to the TV graveyard with little to no fuss, there's a handful of beloved shows that we're not ready to part with just yet. Behold, here are the shows we're desperately hoping the execs will give one more chance. (Click here to see our picks in photo gallery form!)

32 Bubble Shows: Which will survive?

30 Rock
(NBC)
So Alec Baldwin continues to announce he's leaving the show. So viewership is, OK, the smallest it's ever been. So it isn't exactly a spring chicken, having been on the air for six seasons. So? So what! It's still, for our money, one of the sharpest comedies on network television, with a top-tier cast able to handle Tina Fey's fast and furious funnies, and TV's best guest stars, who just love to come and play (and play against type — More. Jon. Hamm. Please.) Please, NBC sirs, can we have s'more?... read more

Ratings: Parks and Recreation Flat in Return; Grey's, Scandal Improve

Amy Poehler and Bradley Whitford

Parks and Recreation returned after a month off in a new timeslot to the same numbers.

Now in the post-Office berth, the NBC comedy drew 3.5 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic ...
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32 Bubble Shows — Which Will Survive?

Courteney Cox, Joel McHale, Joshua Jackson

Will Community graduate to a Season 4? Can Fringe find a renewal in this universe? Have we seen the last of Cougar Town's cul-de-sac gang? The networks are about to decide which shows to cut and keep for this fall. Are your favorites in jeopardy, or can you relax? We offer an analysis of what's to come, so you can prepare for the worst — fans of Breaking In, just be glad for the time you had — if things are looking iffy.... read more

Ratings: Scandal, Community Improve; Idol on Top

Kerry Washington

Scandal  may be a keeper for ABC.

Bucking the second-week slump that usually plagues new series, the ABC drama grew Thursday, drawing 7.5 million viewers and a 2.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. Scandal topped the 10 o'clock hour, which included ...
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Mega Buzz: Why Is Castle Being a Brat? Plus: Legal Trouble on Private and SVU

Castle, Private Practice, Law & Order: SVU

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

I know Castle is trying to keep Castle and Beckett apart, but why is he acting like such a brat? — Liz
ADAM:
He's just being a man, creator Andrew W. Marlowe says. "Men in general usually don't confront their feelings," he says of Castle's reaction to learning that Beckett remembers Castle's declaration of love. "He's certainly not the type of person to go up to Beckett and say, 'Hey, you hurt me!' because that would be exposing himself. He's expressing his anger with Beckett, and whether he knows it or not, he's trying to punish her without really putting his cards on the table." But don't worry: Beckett will soon figure out what set Castle off, thanks to another revealing chat with her therapist.

Some Private Practice scoop, please!!! I'm dying! — Manuela
NATALIE:
Don't die! Private Practice returns next Tuesday! This scoop, however, may kill you: read more

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