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“Scandal” Handles Thursday Ratings Race; “The Blacklist” Hits Low (Updated)

Update 2: The final ratings are in, and the Thursday slaughter was confirmed.

With a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and 9.33 million viewers, ABC’s “Scandal” obliterated its “The Blacklist” competition in adults 18-49. NBC’s flagship drama settled for a series low 1.7 with 8.19 million.

Other ABC programs: Grey’s Anatomy – 2.3 rating, 7.81 million | How to Get Away with Murder – 2.7 rating, 8.44 million

Other NBC programs: The Slap – 1.1 rating, 5.13 million | Allegiance – 0.7 rating, 3.65 million

Update: After scoring a comfortable adults 18-49 victory over “The Blacklist” last week, “Scandal” enjoyed a dominant one this Thursday.

According to fast national data, the latest edition of ABC’s “Scandal” drew a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating with 9.27 million viewers. NBC’s “The Blacklist,” which aired in the same 9PM timeslot, slipped to a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating with 7.98 million viewers.

Per final data, last week’s “Scandal” drew a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating with 9.58 million viewers.  “The Blacklist” drew a 2.4 with 10.11 million viewers.

Since CBS aired a re-run of 8PM comedy “The Big Bang Theory” this week, “Scandal” was able to reign as the night’s top-rated program in adults 18-49.  CBS’ “Big Bang” re-run, CBS’ “Mom” and FOX’s “American Idol” did, however, draw greater viewership totals.

Other ABC programming: “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.3, 7.72 million) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (2.7, 8.42 million)

Other NBC programming: “The Slap” (1.1, 5.08 million) and “Allegiance” (0.7, 3.61 million).


Neither ABC’s “Scandal” nor NBC’s “The Blacklist” matched last week’s performance in the overnight household ratings.

But insofar as it held up better, the ABC drama actually widened its lead.

ABC’s 9PM flagship drew a 7.1 overnight household rating this week, while NBC’s “The Blacklist” settled for a 5.9. The two dramas were down from the 7.5 and 6.8 they respectively posted last week.

Because last week’s overnight household ratings did not provide an especially accurate indicator of performance in the finals (“Scandal” led by a far greater percentage in adults 18-49, but “The Blacklist” actually led in total viewership), it is too early to know if “Scandal” also widened its lead in the demo and/or claimed a lead in audience.

The ratings differential does not, however, provide any optimism for those hoping “The Blacklist” gained notable ground in its new timeslot battle.

— Other ABC programming: Grey’s Anatomy (6.0 overnight household rating), How to Get Away with Murder (6.1 overnight household rating)

— Other NBC programming: The Slap (3.9 overnight household rating), Allegiance (2.6 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.

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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