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Ratings: “Scandal” Finale Wins Night; “Grey’s Anatomy” Also Up Slightly (Updated)

Update: According to final broadcast data, Thursday’s season four “Scandal” finale drew a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating with 8.08 million viewers. While it was the lowest-rated and least-watched “Scandal” finale since the season one conclusion, it bested last week’s episode in both measures. The 5/7 “Scandal” drew a 2.2 with 7.44 million total viewers.

“Scandal” also ranked as Thursday’s top network program in adults 18-49. It trailed the two NBA Playoff games as Thursday’s third-highest-rated program on all of television.

ABC’s other programs included the season finales of “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2 with 8.33 million vs. a 2.1 with 7.74 million last week) and “American Crime” (1.0 with 4.21 million versus a 1.0 with 4.17 million last week).

All three shows will be back next season.
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While its numbers did not rival those routinely posted in the first half of the season, Thursday’s season four “Scandal” finale benefited from slight week-over-week improvement.

It also ranked as the night’s top program in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Per fast national data, Thursday’s “Scandal” drew a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating with 8.12 million total viewers. Both numbers best those of last week’s broadcast, which drew a 2.2 with 7.44 million.

While “Scandal” won the night in the key young adults demographic, fellow ABC “Grey’s Anatomy,” at least based on preliminary data, reached a larger total audience. The season finale of “Grey’s” drew a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating with 8.25 million viewers.

Last week’s “Grey’s” delivered a 2.1 rating with 7.74 million total viewers.

The season finale of “American Crime” closed ABC’s night with 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and 4.31 million viewers. Last week’s penultimate season one broadcast scored a 1.0 with 4.17 million.

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.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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