“The Mentalist” wins time period

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CBSThe season finale of THE MENTALIST won its time period in viewers and key demographics while the season finale of PERSON OF INTEREST placed first in viewers, leading CBS to a Thursday viewer win, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for May 17.


The season finale of RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was second in households (4.6/08), viewers (7.28m), adults 25-54 (3.1/09) and adults 18-49 (2.1/07).

The season finale of PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (8.2/13) and viewers (13.35m) and second in adults 25-54 (3.8/09) and adults 18-49 (2.5/07).  Compared to last week, PERSON OF INTEREST was up +3% in adults 25-54 (from 3.7/09) and added +390,000 viewers (from 12.96m, +3%).  PERSON OF INTEREST posted its largest audience and best adults 25-54 ratings since April 5, 2012.

At 10:00 PM, the season finale of THE MENTALIST was first in households (8.1/13), viewers (12.96m), adults 25-54 (3.5/09) and adults 18-49 (2.5/07) for the fourth consecutive week.  Compared to last week, THE MENTALIST was up +6% in adults 25-54 (from 3.3/08), +4% in adults 18-49 (from 2.4/07) and added +340,000 viewers (from 12.62m, +3%).

For the night, CBS was first in households (7.1/12) and viewers (11.37m), second in adults 25-54 (3.5/09) and averaged 2.4/07 in adults 18-49.

(source: CBS)


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