'The Office' Ratings Fall Sharply Without Steve Carell

By Kevin Fallon

After Steve Carell's final moments on The Office last week, NBC quickly jumped in to promote the rest of the sitcom's season. "There are still three episodes left!" the previews shouted, flashing images of big-name guest stars Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, and Ricky Gervais while pleading viewers not to abandon the show.

Well, it didn't work.

The Office aired its first Carell-less episode Thursday night, and the ratings dropped double digits, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

The week after Steve Carell made his exit on The Office, ratings dropped 17 percent, landing NBC in fourth place in the key 18-49 demo...A new episode of Community on NBC rated 1.4 (3.5 million), followed by a rerun of The Office's first episode featuring Will Ferrell, which rated 1.1 (2.7 million). The new episode of The Office rated 3.5, with 6.8 million viewers tuning in.

To compare, last week's Michael Scott send-off earned a 4.1 rating and 8.3 million viewers.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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