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Ratings: “Scandal” Falls, Still Ranks as Thursday’s #1 Non-Sports Program

Final Ratings Update: Thursday’s “Scandal” posted a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating with 9.12 million total viewers.

While down from last week’s season premiere (3.3, 10.25 million), the episode was still the night’s #1 non-sports program in adults 18-49 and total viewership.

ABC’s lineup also included “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.3, 8.58 million this week vs. 2.9, 9.55 million last week) and “How To Get Away With Murder” (2.3, 7.53 million vs. 2.6, 8.38 million).

Each show was its timeslot’s non-sports leader in adults 18-49 and total viewership.

Last week’s cliffhanger could not prevent ABC’s “Scandal” from suffering a post-season-premiere drop this Thursday. That drop, however, failed to prevent “Scandal” from ranking as the night’s #1 non-sports program.

Per fast national data, this week’s episode drew a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating with 9.09 million viewers.

Last week’s episode posted a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating with 10.25 million viewers in the final ratings report.

Despite the drop, “Scandal” was the night’s highest-rated and most-watched scripted series. Among all programs, only CBS’ Thursday Night Football coverage fared better.

ABC led into “Scandal” with “Grey’s Anatomy.” This week’s episode drew a 2.3 with 8.45 million; last week’s posted a 2.9 with 9.55 million.

“Scandal” led into “How To Get Away With Murder,” which posted a 2.3 with 7.55 million viewers. Last week’s managed a 2.6 with 8.38 million total 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.

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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