The season finale of Grey’s Anatomy was Thursday’s big winner in the battle of the network finales: Though it was the drama’s lowest season ender ever, it still won its two-hour time period in viewers (15.03 million) and adults 18-49 (5.3 rating/15 share), according to preliminary ratings. Grey’s beat the finales of CSI (14.2 million), The Mentalist (15 million), Bones (9.21 million), Fringe (5.68 million), and the comedy combo of Community (4.4 million), The Office (6.6 million), 30 Rock (5.4 million), Parks & Recreation (4.5 million), and The Marriage Ref (4.6 million).
ABC also aired part one of the FlashForward finale, which averaged 5.3 million – down 28 percent from its season average (7.4 million) and down 30 percent among adults 18-49 (1.6/5 vs. 2.3/7). Part two of the series finale (the show was not renewed for fall) will air May 27.
Grey’s still dropped 10 percent versus May 14, 2009 in adults 18-49 and in viewers. For the night, CBS dominated in viewers (12.44 million), while ABC came in first in the adult demographic and second in eyeballs (11.77 million).