The ’30 Rock’ Finale Attracted the Show’s Highest Rating in Two Years, Still in Third Place
30 Rock ended on a high(ish) note last night, ratings-wise. The hour-long series finale was watched by 4.8 million viewers, its best ratings in two years. During her acceptance speech at the SAG Awards Sunday night, Fey jokingly pleaded with the audience, “Our finale is on this Thursday at 8 PM, up against The Big Bang Theory, so just tape The Big Bang Theory for once, for crying out loud!” At least a couple people listened to her, but the show was still handily beat by competition on CBS and Fox, coming in at third place. At 8pm, Big Bang won the night with 17.51 million and 5.3 in the key 18-49 demo, with Two and a Half Men scoring 13.72 million and 3.9 at 8:30. American Idol posted 13.73 million and an 4.5, also besting 30 Rock‘s 4.8 million/1.9. Oh well, at least everyone on 30 Rock still got paid.