May 17th, 2013
01:10 PM ET

'The Office' goes out on a high (ratings) note

We thought Steve Carell had a good reason as to why his character Michael Scott wouldn't return for "The Office's" series finale - he'd already said good-bye once before, etc., etc. - so his surprise appearance on Thursday was even more poignant.

The way the creative team - which, along with Carell, played coy with the press for months - worked him in to the final episode was so fitting, we're not ashamed to admit it made us miss "The Office" before it was even officially off the air.

To begin with, Dwight's (Rainn Wilson) expression when Michael Scott showed up was priceless.

Dwight was preparing to tie the knot with Angela, and lo and behold, his old boss, who left the series in 2011, appears behind him.

Dwight: Michael, I can't believe you came!

Michael Scott: That's what she said.

And with that, "The Office" can rest in peace.

The cast is probably feeling pretty accomplished right now, knowing that they not only pulled together a great series-ender, but that audiences returned to see them off.

Part of "The Office's" legacy is how successful it was for being a low-rated comedy, but its last show was an exception to the rule.

Early numbers are an estimation given the fact that "The Office's" finale was 75 minutes and Nielsen's preliminary numbers use half-hour blocks of time. And yet, as Entertainment Weekly reports, at least 5.4 million viewers watched the last "Office" episode, delivering a minimum of a 2.9 rating in the major 18-49 demo. It's a season high, and the series' best showing in 16 months.

Did you catch "The Office" finale? What was your favorite moment?


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  1. LET'S HELP Computer girls

    AT WI 1 WHO ELSE..
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    May 22, 2013 at 5:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    May 22, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    Accuracy
    I have known about it for years however i have been rewarded with such influence today that i have too keep reading and understanding more

    May 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Accuracy
    I have known about it for years however i have been rewarded with such influence today that i have too keep reading.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    CommonSense
    I wasn't surprised at all about Creed's ending, lol. He was always such a weirdo.

    May 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    she speaks italian–puhleaze.
    the office made my life complete.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    bobsy
    I've known the office story for years now not new.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Roberta
    This series could not hold a candle to the original British series. That one was funny and edgy....this one was....well, American.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Go back to Canada you commie
    Sieg heil, comrade libtard

    May 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    steve come out of the office kay? geeze louize
    xo

    May 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    I will miss the office it was so much fun...
    we'll be in a new office soon..but i will miss this show...

    May 19, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    AL SAYS I'M NOT A HEADACHE
    THE GUY IS NEVER HOME ONCE HE FINALLY GETS HOME HE'S NAGGED THE REST OF THE NIGHT AND THEN HE HAS TOO BANG HER TOO...

    WHAT A FREEKIN NAG

    May 19, 2013 at 5:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Terrysue
    The finale was so touching and thoughtfully done, with happy endings for all. I loved The Office and will continue to watch it in reruns for years to come. Thanks to the cast and crew for 9 wonderful years!!

    May 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Anne L
    I thought it was awesome. Great job, great show, we will miss it.

    May 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Ignore thanks.

    May 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    SteveCarell
    Steve Carell is what single women call a cute nerd...sorry the office had too end by the cast will reunite soon.

    May 18, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Cruelty and Abuse is not funny anymore...
    got get new material and go hack other computers for information .....

    May 18, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Good Riddance
    you have not been relevant in anything you have done....

    May 18, 2013 at 6:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Techno Viking
    Great episode. Might be my favorite comedy finale ever. Perfect way to wrap things up. There's a big hole in NBC's Thursday night lineup. Thanks for 9 great seasons!

    May 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    LeighAnne
    Andy: I wish there was a way to know you were in the good ol days before you've left 'em

    Gah! I just bawled!

    May 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Vicky
    Andy " wishing you knew it was the good old days when you were in them..."

    May 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    MT
    all the way but he's gotta move his army shorts or streisand has got z too roll.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    twilson962
    I didn't love the episode... With all the characters talking about how strange it was to be filmed for so long, and how odd it was to watch themselves on TV (including cuts to previous episodes) it kind of felt like they were patting themselves on the back.

    Best moment wasn't Michael Scott coming back for a cameo. The best moment was Erin figuring out Joan Cusack was her mom.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    your 44 shut up.
    thanks

    May 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    GoodOne
    I thought it was hilarious when Michael said that it is every parents dream for their kids to grow up and marry each other.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    sarah
    I thought so too,didn't think he could be any funnier after "Thats what she said"

    May 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    I love the office.
    the actor is so cute

    May 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    OtherOffices
    Sure its relevant....affairs are always relevant...i know

    May 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    CBD
    Good riddance. Show has not been relevant in years. Glad to see the folks at NBC finally showed some huevos and cleaned out most of the sitcom garbage. Let's hope next season is better.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    That is unbelievable
    She met a black man on a fish dating site?

    May 20, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    May 22, 2013 at 5:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    VIDEOS OF PARENTS...IGNORE HER
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    May 22, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    AS USUAL VOTE: IGNORABLE W
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    Accuracy
    I have known about it for years however i have been rewarded with such influence today that i have too keep reading and understanding more

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    Accuracy
    I have known about it for years however i have been rewarded with such influence today that i have too keep reading.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    CommonSense
    I wasn't surprised at all about Creed's ending, lol. He was always such a weirdo.

    May 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    she speaks italian–puhleaze.
    the office made my life complete.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    bobsy
    I've known the office story for years now not new.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Roberta
    This series could not hold a candle to the original British series. That one was funny and edgy....this one was....well, American.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Go back to Canada you commie
    Sieg heil, comrade libtard

    May 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    steve come out of the office kay? geeze louize
    xo

    May 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    I will miss the office it was so much fun...
    we'll be in a new office soon..but i will miss this show...

    May 19, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    AL SAYS I'M NOT A HEADACHE
    THE GUY IS NEVER HOME ONCE HE FINALLY GETS HOME HE'S NAGGED THE REST OF THE NIGHT AND THEN HE HAS TOO BANG HER TOO...

    WHAT A FREEKIN NAG

    May 19, 2013 at 5:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Terrysue
    The finale was so touching and thoughtfully done, with happy endings for all. I loved The Office and will continue to watch it in reruns for years to come. Thanks to the cast and crew for 9 wonderful years!!

    May 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Anne L
    I thought it was awesome. Great job, great show, we will miss it.

    May 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Ignore thanks.

    May 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    SteveCarell
    Steve Carell is what single women call a cute nerd...sorry the office had too end by the cast will reunite soon.

    May 18, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Cruelty and Abuse is not funny anymore...
    got get new material and go hack other computers for information .....

    May 18, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Good Riddance
    you have not been relevant in anything you have done....

    May 18, 2013 at 6:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Techno Viking
    Great episode. Might be my favorite comedy finale ever. Perfect way to wrap things up. There's a big hole in NBC's Thursday night lineup. Thanks for 9 great seasons!

    May 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    LeighAnne
    Andy: I wish there was a way to know you were in the good ol days before you've left 'em

    Gah! I just bawled!

    May 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Vicky
    Andy " wishing you knew it was the good old days when you were in them..."

    May 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    MT
    all the way but he's gotta move his army shorts or streisand has got z too roll.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    twilson962
    I didn't love the episode... With all the characters talking about how strange it was to be filmed for so long, and how odd it was to watch themselves on TV (including cuts to previous episodes) it kind of felt like they were patting themselves on the back.

    Best moment wasn't Michael Scott coming back for a cameo. The best moment was Erin figuring out Joan Cusack was her mom.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    your 44 shut up.
    thanks

    May 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    GoodOne
    I thought it was hilarious when Michael said that it is every parents dream for their kids to grow up and marry each other.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    sarah
    I thought so too,didn't think he could be any funnier after "Thats what she said"

    May 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    I love the office.
    the actor is so cute

    May 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    OtherOffices
    Sure its relevant....affairs are always relevant...i know

    May 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    CBD
    Good riddance. Show has not been relevant in years. Glad to see the folks at NBC finally showed some huevos and cleaned out most of the sitcom garbage. Let's hope next season is better.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    That is unbelievable
    She met a black man on a fish dating site?

    May 20, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply

    May 22, 2013 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. RAT WI 1 WHO ELSE..

    THANKS

    May 22, 2013 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. VIDEOS OF PARENTS...IGNORE HER

    00

    May 22, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. AS USUAL VOTE: IGNORABLE W

    ceeiodl..

    May 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Accuracy

    I have known about it for years however i have been rewarded with such influence today that i have too keep reading and understanding more

    May 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Accuracy

    I have known about it for years however i have been rewarded with such influence today that i have too keep reading.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CommonSense

    I wasn't surprised at all about Creed's ending, lol. He was always such a weirdo.

    May 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. she speaks italian--puhleaze.

    the office made my life complete.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobsy

    I've known the office story for years now not new.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roberta

    This series could not hold a candle to the original British series. That one was funny and edgy....this one was....well, American.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. steve come out of the office kay? geeze louize

    xo

    May 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. I will miss the office it was so much fun...

    we'll be in a new office soon..but i will miss this show...

    May 19, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. AL SAYS I'M NOT A HEADACHE

    THE GUY IS NEVER HOME ONCE HE FINALLY GETS HOME HE'S NAGGED THE REST OF THE NIGHT AND THEN HE HAS TOO BANG HER TOO...

    WHAT A FREEKIN NAG

    May 19, 2013 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Terrysue

    The finale was so touching and thoughtfully done, with happy endings for all. I loved The Office and will continue to watch it in reruns for years to come. Thanks to the cast and crew for 9 wonderful years!!

    May 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anne L

    I thought it was awesome. Great job, great show, we will miss it.

    May 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ignore thanks.

    -

    May 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. SteveCarell

    Steve Carell is what single women call a cute nerd...sorry the office had too end by the cast will reunite soon.

    May 18, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  18. Cruelty and Abuse is not funny anymore...

    got get new material and go hack other computers for information .....

    May 18, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  19. Good Riddance

    you have not been relevant in anything you have done....

    May 18, 2013 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  20. Techno Viking

    Great episode. Might be my favorite comedy finale ever. Perfect way to wrap things up. There's a big hole in NBC's Thursday night lineup. Thanks for 9 great seasons!

    May 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  21. LeighAnne

    Andy: I wish there was a way to know you were in the good ol days before you've left 'em

    Gah! I just bawled!

    May 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicky

      Andy " wishing you knew it was the good old days when you were in them..."

      May 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  22. MT

    all the way but he's gotta move his army shorts or streisand has got z too roll.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. twilson962

    I didn't love the episode... With all the characters talking about how strange it was to be filmed for so long, and how odd it was to watch themselves on TV (including cuts to previous episodes) it kind of felt like they were patting themselves on the back.

    Best moment wasn't Michael Scott coming back for a cameo. The best moment was Erin figuring out Joan Cusack was her mom.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. GoodOne

    I thought it was hilarious when Michael said that it is every parents dream for their kids to grow up and marry each other.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      I thought so too,didn't think he could be any funnier after "Thats what she said"

      May 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. I love the office.

    the actor is so cute

    May 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. OtherOffices

    Sure its relevant....affairs are always relevant...i know

    May 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  27. CBD

    Good riddance. Show has not been relevant in years. Glad to see the folks at NBC finally showed some huevos and cleaned out most of the sitcom garbage. Let's hope next season is better.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. That is unbelievable

    She met a black man on a fish dating site?

    May 20, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |

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