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Ratings Update: ABC’s “Scandal” Falls To New Low, “HTGAWM” Holds At Series Low

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Update: Nielsen’s final Thursday ratings data is in, and it confirms that ABC’s “Scandal” — facing competition from CNN’s Republican Debate coverage — fell to another series low.

After slipping to a series low 1.8 in the adults 18-49 demographic last week, the ABC drama drew a 1.7 this week. Its viewership total of 5.846 million (down from 6.085 million last week) also ranks as a series low.

“Scandal” led into “How To Get Away With Murder,” which matched last week’s series low 1.5 rating. It drew 4.878 million total viewers, which narrowly tops last week’s series low figure of 4.875 million.

“Grey’s Anatomy” opened the night with a 2.1 and 7.231 million; the numbers trail last week’s 2.2 and 7.818 million.
Last week, “Scandal” sank to a series low in adults 18-49.

It did not bounce back this week. Preliminary data, in fact, reveals it may have gone lower.

Per fast national data, Thursday’s “Scandal” posted a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and 5.884 million total viewers. As they currently stand, both numbers represent series lows.

Last week’s episode posted a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and 6.085 million total viewers in the final Nielsen report (its preliminary rating was the same 1.7 drawn this week).

— Lead-out “How To Get Away With Murder” held at its series low adults 18-49 rating this week. It drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and 4.889 million total viewers; last week’s episode drew a 1.5 with 4.857 million.

— ABC opened its night with “Grey’s Anatomy,” which drew a 2.1 and 7.208 million. Last week’s performance included a 2.2 in the demo and a viewership total of 7.818 million.

Written by Brian Cantor

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