Based on preliminary ratings data, the “How To Get Away With Scandal” crossover event was not a major draw.
The added interest was enough, however, to yield a season high for “How To Get Away With Murder.”
According to fast national data posted by Showbuzz, the “Scandal” portion drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 5.13 million overall viewers.
While the numbers top the 1.1 rating and 4.64 million viewer mark drawn by the previous broadcast on February 8, it is worth noting that said episode aired against the Winter Olympics. This week’s episode actually drew a smaller audience than the February 1 episode (1.4 rating, 5.62 million viewers).
The numbers ultimately reflect a slight uptick from the show’s season average.
The “How To Get Away With Murder” hour drew a 1.1 rating and 4.20 million viewers. Up from the 0.8 rating and 3.26 million viewer mark drawn by the February 8 broadcast, the numbers represent season highs.
The takeaway is simple: the idea of the crossover did not spur much interest beyond either show’s core audience. It did, however, give “Scandal” viewers more reason to stick around for “How To Get Away With Murder.”
— Earlier in the night, ABC aired “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.0, 7.53 million this week vs. 2.0, 7.32 million for the previous episode).