Without Steve Carell, “The Office” ratings go down

 @ibtimes
on May 06 2011 2:38 PM

Thursday night marked the first episode of The Office without Steve Carell, also known as Michael Scott.

NBC's ratings took a hit on Thursday without the show's main protagonist. Will Ferrell has temporarily taken over as Deangelo Vickers, the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin. The show received 6.8 million viewers, 3.5 preliminary adults 18-49. The adult demo fell 17 percent, according to Entertainment Weekly, after it spiked last week for Carell's final episode.

NBC decided to have its four final episodes of The Office be without Carell. Carell was on the show for seven years, and since his contract expired, decided to pursue other options.

Parks and Recreation was up 13 percent, and the season finale of 30 Rock was also up 11 percent. Both are shows on NBC.

American Idol on Fox won the night was 20.8 million viewers increasing 7 percent followed by Bones with 11.1 million viewers. Bones was up 18 percent.

NBC's comedy night, also included Community with 3.5 million viewers. They aired the episode with guest star Josh Holloway and Anthony Michael Hall. Outsourced was down 12 percent with 3.1 million viewers.

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