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Ratings: “Scandal” Returns with Best Performance Since Season Premiere (Updated)

Update: Per final broadcast data, ABC’s “Scandal” returned from hiatus with a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating and 10.48 million viewers.

ABC also offered “Grey’s Anatomy” (8PM, 2.8 rating, 8.71 million viewers) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (10PM, 3.1 rating, 9.18 million viewers).

“Murder,” which received an upward adjustment in the finals, matched the rating delivered by its fall finale. “Scandal” and “Grey’s” both built upon their fall finale performances.


America’s affinity for “Scandal” has not subsided.

Thursday’s episode, which marked the series’ first since November, drew a strong 3.6 adults 18-49 rating with 10.42 million viewers. Up from the fall finale, which drew a 3.1 with 10.14 million viewers, it was the top-rated and most-watched “Scandal” since the season four premiere.

ABC’s Thursday also included “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.7 rating with 8.64 million viewers) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (3.0 rating, 9.14 million viewers).

“Grey’s” delivered its best adults 18-49 rating since the season premiere’s 3.1; “HTGAWM,” however, fell slightly from its fall finale (which drew a 3.1 and 9.82 million viewers).

A potential culprit for the “Murder” decline was “Parenthood.” That NBC drama, which airs opposite “Murder,” ended its run with a solid 1.7 rating and 5.47 million viewers.

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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