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Ratings: “Scandal” Again Tops “How To Get Away with Murder” (Updated)

Update: While “Scandal” widened its lead over “How to Get Away with Murder” in the overnight household ratings, it did not do so in adults 18-49.

It did, however, still lead.

Per final broadcast data, Thursday’s “Scandal” drew a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating with 9.82 million viewers.  Last week’s episode scored a 3.1 and 9.32 million.

Lead-out “How to Get Away Murder,” which ranks as Thursday’s second-most-watched drama behind “Scandal,” drew a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating with 9.18 million viewers.  Last week’s broadcast posted a 2.7 with 8.68 million.

“Grey’s Anatomy” opened ABC’s night with a 2.4 and 8.08 million.


While ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” continues to perform very admirably, it now appears to be ABC’s clear number two drama from an overnight ratings standpoint.

“Scandal,” which ruled last week in the overnight households (and in adults 18-49 and total viewers), repeated as ABC’s top program Thursday.

The latest installment of “Scandal” drew a 7.5 overnight household rating. Up by 0.3 from last week’s performance, the number gave the fourth-season series a comfortable lead over lead-out “HTGAWM.” ABC’s 10PM drama matched last week’s 6.7 overnight household rating.

Among all broadcasts Thursday, “Scandal” ranked second behind CBS’ 8PM flagship “The Big Bang Theory” (10.5 overnight household rating).

Helpful to the “Scandal” cause this week was stronger and more relevant lead-in support. After airing a Charlie Brown special last week, ABC slotted an original “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8PM this time. It posted a 6.3 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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