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Ratings Update: “Scandal,” “How To Get Away With Murder” Fall To Series Lows

Update: While kinder to “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” than the fast nationals, final Thursday ratings data does not change the headline.

Both posted series low numbers in adults 18-49. The latter also set a series low in total viewership.

Per Nielsen’s final data, “Scandal” drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and 6.085 million total viewers. The numbers trail the 2.1 rating and 6.955 million viewer mark posted by last week’s midseason premiere.

The adults 18-49 performance is a low for “Scandal,” while the viewership sum is the series’ third-smallest on record.

“HTGAWM” followed with a 1.5 rating and 4.875 million total viewers. The series low numbers trail the 1.8 and 5.822 million drawn by last week’s episode.

While “Grey’s Anatomy” was also down, it easily ranked as ABC’s top Thursday show. It drew a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and 7.818 million total viewers.

Last week’s midseason premiere drew a 2.4 with 8.282 million.

Thursday’s “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” both sank to series lows in adults 18-49.

“How To Get Away With Murder” also fell to a low in total viewership.

Per Nielsen fast national data, Thursday’s “Scandal” drew a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and 6.064 million total viewers.

The preliminary adults 18-49 rating represents a new low, while the viewership number currently stands as the series’ third-lowest audience sum on record.

Last week’s “Scandal” drew a 2.1 and 6.955 million.

“Scandal” led into “How To Get Away With Murder,” which fell sharply from last week’s already-lackluster performance. After drawing a 1.8 rating and 5.822 million total viewers for last Thursday’s midseason premiere, “HTGAWM” fell to a mere 1.4 and 4.839 million. Both numbers, obviously, are the lowest ever posted by “Murder.”

— “Grey’s Anatomy” opened ABC’s night with a 2.2 and 7.770 million. While down from last week’s 2.4 and 8.282 million, the numbers position the 12th-season series as ABC’s clear Thursday leader.

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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