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TV ratings: 'The Office' finale scores a season high, 'American Idol' finale way down Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 16, 2013 A big night for finales brought mixed results for the broadcast networks. On the plus side, the series finale of "The Office" scored the show's biggest ratings in more than a year. "Scandal" brought in its largest total audience ever and matched last week's series high in adults 18-49. On the negative side, the "American Idol" finale plummeted for a second straight year, losing about 7 million viewers and 40 percent of the 18-49 audience compared to last year's conclusion. "The Big Bang Theory" ended its season slightly down from last week for CBS. "The Vampire Diaries" and "Beauty and the Beast" were about even with last week for The CW. READ MORE...

See The Cast of ‘The Office’ Say Goodbye In Special Farewell Videos

The Office will sign off tonight (May 16th) after nine seasons of pranks, talking heads and office romances, and to commemorate the occasion NBC has released two retrospective interviews with the series’ cast. Watch them both below to see Jenna Fischer (Pam), John Krasinski (Jim), Rainn Wilson (Dwight), Michael Schur (Mose), David Denman (Roy), Angela Martin (Angela), Phyllis Smith (Phyllis), Kate Flannery (Meredith), Brian Baumgartner (Kevin), Catherine Tate (Nellie) and Oscar Nunez (Oscar) reflect on their favorite moments, big wins and at least one near-death experience. READ MORE...

'The Office' exit interview: EP Greg Daniels on the show's origins, playing to camera and Jim and Pam's 'slow burn'

After nine seasons and 200 episodes, "The Office" closes its doors on Thursday (May 16). The show, an Emmy winner for best comedy in 2006, was never the biggest hit, but it's arguably one of the more influential comedies of the past decade in terms of its style -- the mockumentary format it started is all over television now -- and its willingness to place character ahead of jokes. READ MORE...

The Office Series Finale “Finale”

The Office "Finale" Season 9 episode 23 airs Thursday, May 16 on NBC (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: The Office Season 9 Episode 23 "Finale" – Months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked. Also starring Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Catherine Tate, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke, and Jake Lacy. READ MORE...

The Office Closes Its Doors: The Cast Spills on Spin-Offs, Steve Carell's Exit and Season 8

In the third part of our goodbye to The Office , the cast and producers open up about the tough loss of the World's Best Boss Michael Scott, aka series star Steve Carell . After rising from network underdog to Best Comedy Series Emmy winner in Season 2, The Office solidified its status as one of the top comedies on TV. In 2007, NBC moved the series to its prized Thursday-at-9 timeslot. The following year, the network hand-picked The Office to air immediately following Super Bowl XLIII. However, the show was about to face a huge blow... //

The Office Closes Its Doors: Producers and Cast Reflect on American-izing the British Series

A single-camera, mockumentary-style comedy following the employees of a paper company in Scranton, Pa.? When the American adaptation of the critically beloved British series The Office debuted on NBC in March 2005, it was a far stretch from the network's glossy, multi-camera powerhouses, like Friends and Will & Grace . Nine seasons and countless "that's what she saids" later, the Scranton party will stop on Thursday, May 16 at 9/8c on NBC. Read More... //

'The Office' Series Finale Preview Teases Dwight and Angela's Wedding

Six months after the events in the penultimate episode, Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak return for the wedding on 'The Office'. Read More... //

TV ratings: 'Scandal' surges to series high Thursday, 'The Office' rises ahead of finale

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 9, 2013ABC's "Scandal" recorded its best ratings ever with its next-to-last episode of the season, topping every other drama on the air Thursday in adults 18-49. "The Office" also saw a ratings bump a week before its series finale, growing by half a point in the 18-49 demographic.Also Thursday, "The Big Bang Theory" was even with last week's fast nationals and again claimed the title of the night's most-watched show. The season finales of "Two and a Half Men," "Glee" and "Community" were all up over last week. "American Idol" rose a little too.CBS drew 12.1 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/12 share in households for the night, winning the viewer race by a pretty comfortable margin over FOX (8.6 million, 5.5/9). ABC (7.3 million, 4.8/8) came in third. NBC took fourth with 3.3 million viewers and a 2.1/3. The CW finished with 1.7 million viewers and a 1.1/2.CBS... //

13 Best Cold Opens from 'The Office'

The opening scenes of The Office have been some of the show's best moments. It's called a cold open, because may or may not have anything to do with the episode's plot. It?s a standalone segment that lasts a few minutes before the opening credits roll. The series really started taking off in Season 2, so it's no surprise that the cold opens started then a well. Check out the 13 best cold opens from The Office . Read More... //

'The Office': Angela Kinsey on her character's pride and loving Dwight

brightcove.createExperiences();Fans of "The Office" have been asking been wondering something for the past couple of episodes: What the heck happened to Angela?In a word, pride happened to her, says Angela Kinsey, who plays the tightly wound accountant on the soon-to-end NBC series. "I think she's a very prideful woman. Pride comes before a fall," Kinsey tells Zap2it in the video up above. "There's a lot about Angela Martin that's relatable to me. She's a very fearful person, so she needs rules and all these things to live by. She has a hard time trusting. But she also has this vanity. I think she liked being the senator's wife and liked going to mall openings and all that kind of stuff. It was hard for her to be really honest about what she really wanted and who she really loved and what that meant."Kinsey also says people shouldn't assume Angela's living situation was that much... //