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Update: “Scandal” Delivers Best Rating Since Season Premiere

Update: Thanks to an upward adjustment in the final Nielsen report, Thursdays “Scandal” ranks as the best-rated episode since the season premiere.

The episode, the show’s first since its fall finale in December, drew a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating with 9.32 million viewers. The adults 18-49 rating was the best since the October 3 season opener; the viewership count was the best since the October 17 episode.

Earlier in the night, ABC’s “Countdown to the Oscars” flopped with a 1.0 rating and 4.73 million viewers. “Grey’s Anatomy” followed with an impressive 3.1 rating and 9.42 million.

Update: Thursday’s “Scandal” delivered a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating with 9.3 million viewers. If the demo number holds in the finals, it will represent “Scandal'”s best performance since the October 17 episode delivered the same 3.3. Season-to-date, only the premiere has delivered a stronger mark in adults 18-49.

Earlier in ABC’s night, “Countdown to the Oscars” posted a weak 1.0 rating with 4.7 million viewers. “Grey’s Anatomy” followed with a 3.0 and 9.3 million.

Whether it matches the fall finale’s impressive demo performance remains to be seen, but Thursday’s “Scandal” definitely delivered in the overnight ratings.

Thursday’s midseason premiere, the first episode since December 12, delivered a strong 6.9 overnight household rating.

The number, which gave ABC a convincing victory in the 10PM hour, ranks as the best “Scandal” overnight since October 17, 2013.

“Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington,” that episode, posted the same 6.9.

Earlier in the night, ABC’s Oscars countdown special delivered a modest 3.5. “Grey’s Anatomy” followed with a 7.0.

Adults 18-49 and viewership numbers will be revealed at 11:30AM.

Written by Brian Cantor

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