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Updated “Scandal” Ratings; Finale is Most-Watched Episode of All-Time

Update: While the season three finale of ABC’s “Scandal” did not set a high in the adults 18-49 demographic, it did indeed set one in the total viewership category.

According to Nielsen’s Final Broadcast Data, Thursday’s “Scandal” drew a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating with 10.57 million viewers. The highest-rated “Scandal” finale to date, it was also the most-watched episode in the show’s three-season history.

The previous high mark belonged to the third season premiere, which attracted 10.52 million viewers. Its 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, however, topped that delivered by this week’s finale.

“Grey’s Anatomy,” which led into “Scandal,” posted a 2.6 rating with 8.45 million viewers.

Once again demonstrating its ability to hook viewers for big moments, ABC’s “Scandal” scored big ratings for Thursday’s third season finale.

Backed by a promo campaign that swore viewers would hate themselves if they missed the live broadcast on Thursday, the episode delivered a lofty 7.5 overnight household rating.

Up considerably from the 6.6 posted by last week’s episode, it was the show’s strongest overnight number of the winter/spring portion of the season.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” which led into “Scandal,” posted a 6.2 overnight household rating.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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