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Ratings: FOX’s “Backstrom” Falls 26% in Week Two

The return of ABC’s competitive offering “Scandal,” the reduction of its lead-in support and the loss of first week curiosity buzz resulted in a significant ratings decline for FOX’s “Backstrom.”

The second episode of FOX’s new series drew a mere 1.4 adults 18-49 rating with 5.32 million viewers. Thursday’s airing trailed the premiere by 26% in the demo and 33% in total viewership.

Likely victimized by the return of “Scandal,” “Backstrom” will encounter an even more difficult battle next week. NBC’s flagship drama “The Blacklist” will enter the timeslot as part of the network’s effort to ignite its Thursdays.

— FOX led into “Backstrom” with a deflated “American Idol” (2.2 adults 18-49 rating with 9.37 million viewers). Its numbers were down by 21% and 12%, respectively, from those delivered last week.

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.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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