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Ratings Update: “How To Get Away With Murder” Finale Steady in Demo, Up In Viewers

Update: While the fast nationals told the correct week-to-week story — “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away With Murder” held steady in adults 18-49 but bested last week’s live+same-day viewership numbers, while “Scandal” was down in the demo but up in viewership — they provided a slightly inflated viewership portrait.

National data, first reported by Showbuzz, confirms “Grey’s Anatomy” actually drew a 2.1 with 7.8 million total viewers (the fast nationals said 7.9 million). Last week’s episode drew the same 2.1 but only 7.5 million total audience members.

“Scandal” followed with a 1.6 and 6.3 million (rather than the initially reported 1.6 and 6.5 million). It trailed last week’s 1.7 demo rating but bested its 6.0 million viewership mark.

The “HTGAWM” season finale posted a 1.4 and 5.3 million in the finals, whereas the fast nationals said 1.4 with 5.5 million. It was even with last week’s adults 18-49 number and up from its 4.8 million viewership mark.

In terms of live+same-day ratings, the season finale of ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” did not enjoy a week-to-week lift in adults 18-49.

It did, however, post a gain in total viewership.

Fast national data shared by ABC and Showbuzz reveals Thursday’s second season finale drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and 5.5 million total viewers. Last week’s episode posted the same 1.4 rating but reached only 4.8 million.

While enough for a broadcast network victory in the timeslot, the 1.4 rating is modest compared to the show’s first season standard. The DVR force has, however, posted considerable live+3 and live+7 gains throughout the season.

As far as L+SD performance goes, Thursday’s “Grey’s” behaved similarly to “HTGAWM.” It held steady in adults 18-49 (2.1) but gained in total audience (7.9m this week vs. 7.5m last week).

Airing in between the two series, this week’s “Scandal” posted a 1.6 and 6.5 million. Last week’s drew a 1.7 with 6.0 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.

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