The closers for ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" notably climbed Thursday night, while CBS' "CSI" and NBC's "The Office" fell. The two-hour "Grey's" (16.4 million viewers, 5.8 rating in adults 18-49) ruled the night with its best rating in three months. "CSI" (14.4 million, 3.4) continued its descent, down 6%. "Hell's" (7.4 million, 3.1) climbed 15%. The "Office" finale (6.7 million, 3.5) was down 10%.
Canada's TV watchdog on Friday decided against clamping down on U.S. series purchases by Canadian broadcasters at next week's Los Angeles Screenings. But the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission warned that it will continue to explore ways "to ensure that English-language television broadcasters devote an appropriate proportion of their expenditures to Canadian programming."
Saturday's season-finale installment of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Will Ferrell, matched its highest-rated finale in four years. "SNL" captured a 5.4 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, equaling the 2008 season closer. The most recent finale to rate higher was May 21, 2005 (6.2/15).
FILLY PUSHES PREAKNESS
NBC Sports' broadcast of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, in which Rachel Alexandra was the first filly in 85 years to win, had the highest overnight adults 18-49 rating since 2004. The race portion (6-6:45 p.m. ET) earned an overnight 7.9 rating/18 share, a gain of 27% over last year.