Thursday TV Ratings: SCANDAL and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Rise; PARENTHOOD Dips

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TV ratings for Thursday, October 23rd are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s “TGIT” lineup was all up versus last week.  Grey’s Anatomy rose a tenth to a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 8.6 million viewers, Scandal also ticked up a tenth to a 3.0 rating and scored 10 million viewers (read Allison’s recap here), and How to Get Away with Murder rose two tenths to a 3.0 rating in the demo and garnered 9.87 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Bad Judge was down two tenths to a 1.0 rating and notched 4.33 million viewers, A to Z dipped two tenths to a 0.9 rating and scored 3.22 million viewers, and Parenthood was down a tenth from last week to a 1.2 rating and 4.09 million viewers.
  • Fox’s limited series Gracepoint continues to do quite poorly, but last night’s episode was at least steady with last week’s 0.8 rating and scored 3.49 million viewers.  Read Allison’s recap here.
  • The CW’s The Vampire Diaries dipped a tenth to a 0.8 rating and scored 1.65 million viewers, and Reign was up a tenth to a 0.5 rating and garnered 1.35 million viewers.

SCANDAL Recap: “The Key”

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In Scandal‘s “The Key,” Olivia is ready to get her expensive pants dirty, and find out what’s really going on with Jake, who has seemingly disappeared.  Yet at first, despite being Olivia Pope, no one will return her phone calls or take her demands seriously (this is all to their peril).  In her search for Jake and for the truth, she’s also inadvertently drawing together everyone she knows into a complex web that will hopefully save him.  Sooner would be better than later, though, since Fitz is on the warpath.  Hit the jump for why “respectfully, sir, she’s probably drunk and in a food coma from too much fried chicken.”

Thursday TV Ratings: GRACEPOINT, SCANDAL, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Dip; VAMPIRE DIARIES Rises

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TV ratings for Thursday, October 16th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was even with last week’s 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 8.45 million viewers, while the network’s other two dramas were both down.  Scandal (read Allison’s recap here) dipped 3% to a 2.9 rating and scored 9.84 million viewers, while a terrific episode of How to Get Away With Murder dropped 13% from last week to a 2.7 rating and 9.67 million viewers.
  • On Fox, Bones matched last week’s 1.6 rating and scored 6.41 million viewers, while Gracepoint (read Allison’s recap here) continues to falter, dropping 11% to a 0.8 rating and 3.82 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Bad Judge dipped a tenth from last week to a 1.2 rating and 4.69 million viewers, A to Z matched last week’s 1.0 rating and scored 3.36 million viewers, and Parenthood was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and scored 4.14 million viewers.
  • Over at The CW, The Vampire Diaries was up 13% to a 0.8 rating and scored 1.96 million viewers, while Reign rose 25% to a 0.5 rating and 1.36 million viewers.

SCANDAL Recap: “Like Father, Like Daughter”

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Important question for Scandal watchers: is there anyone who still wants Fitz and Olivia together, besides Fitz?  We know it’s all he has left, as he has failed “as a father, as a husband, and as a man” (in his words — but don’t forget “as a President,” too).  But is Fitz still defensible, or even likable, in any way?  When the two of them were alone together for the first time this season in the Oval Office, and “The Light” started to play, was anyone desperate for a rekindling?  Or instead, were we desperate to get to any other part of “Like Father, Like Daughter”?  Hit the jump if “we can do this later, I’m really wasted.”

Thursday TV Ratings: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Tops the Demo; GRACEPOINT, VAMPIRE DIARIES, and A TO Z Slip

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TV ratings for Thursday, October 9th are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Fresh off a full-season pickup, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder was the highest rated scripted program of the night with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.71 million viewers, which is down two tenths from last week.  Judging from its record-breaking DVR performance, expect that number to go up even further in the Live+3 ratings.  Elsewhere on the network, Grey’s Anatomy dipped two tenths to a 2.4 rating and 8.41 million viewers and Scandal (read Allison’s recap here) slipped four tenths to a 3.0 rating and 9.5 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Gracepoint (read Allison’s recap here) was down three tenths in week two to a 0.98 rating and 3.91 million viewers, while Bones was even with last week’s 1.5 rating and scored 6.28 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Bad Judge matched last week’s 1.3 rating and scored 5.2 million viewers, A to Z dropped two tenths to a 1.0 rating and 3.64 million viewers, and Parenthood was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and garnered 4.26 million viewers.
  • The CW’s The Vampire Diaries garnered a 0.7 rating and scored 1.65 million viewers, which is down two tenths from last week.  Reign was even with a 0.4 rating and 1.12 million viewers.

SCANDAL Recap: “Inside the Bubble”

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With “Inside the Bubble,” Scandal began laying the groundwork for the season’s biggest arcs, including another round of battles between Rowan and Jake, as well as an attempt to take down Cyrus from the inside (of his throat, apparently).  The love triangle between Olivia, Fitz and Jake won’t really heat up until next week, but meanwhile, there was some filler about Quinn and the remnants of her love triangle.  The most promising thing Scandal has going for it this season, though, are the journeys of two women: Mellie and Abby.  Both are finding their footing, and in a best case scenario, they may even become allies.  Hit the jump if you’re thirsty.

Thursday TV Ratings: SCANDAL Tops the Night While HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Dips Slightly; GRACEPOINT Premieres Low

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TV ratings for Thursday, October 2nd have arrived.  Briefly:

  • ABC’s Scandal topped the night in the 18-49 demo for scripted programming with a 3.3 rating and 10.41 million viewers, down 15% from last week’s series high.  Read Allison’s recap here.  The delicious new drama How to Get Away with Murder did slightly less in the demo, but scored more overall viewers with a 3.2 rating and 11.76 million viewers.  That’s down 18% from last week’s series premiere, but still very strong.  Grey’s Anatomy, meanwhile, dropped 16% to a series low 2.6 rating and 9.07 million viewers.
  • Fox’s limited event series Gracepoint (a remake of the excellent BBC series Broadchurch) debuted quite low with a 1.2 rating and 4.83 million viewers.  Read Allison’s recap here.  Additionally, Bones was down 6% from last week with a 1.5 rating and 6.3 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, the series premiere of Bad Judge garnered a fairly low 1.3 rating and 5.86 million viewers, while the series premiere of A to Z didn’t fare much better with a 1.2 rating and 4.81 million viewers.  Parenthood earned a series low 1.3 rating and 4.36 million viewers.
  • The CW’s season premiere of The Vampire Diaries was down 25% from last year with a 0.9 rating and 1.78 million viewers, while Reign’s premiere was down 50% for a 0.4 rating and 1.05 million viewers.

SCANDAL Recap: “The State of the Union”

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For a little while, Scandal‘s “The State of the Union” felt kind of like old-school OPA.  Sure, it was only Huck and Quinn in the OPA War Room putting up glossy photos and freestyin’ their clients’ history, but this Case of the Week seemed poised for something particularly scandalous.  Had the golden couple, the Elliots, been abducted?  Was this a B6-13 op?  Why weren’t they answering Cyrus’ phone calls, and missing flight after flight?  Hit the jump “because we’re Republicans!!”

SCANDAL Season 4 Premiere Recap: “Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia”

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Scandal is back, and full of drama from its first frame onward (one would not expect anything less).  Olivia is also back, one of OPA is gone, and “Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia” found the rest of the Gladiators in very different places than where we left them.  Series creator Shonda Rhimes has promised that this season will not only focus back on the core cast, but also be a season where Abby Whelan will finally get a major arc all of her own.  Hit the jump, but only when it’s your turn. 

Thursday TV Ratings: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Opens Big; SCANDAL Returns to Series High

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TV ratings for Thursday, September 25th are in and the takeaway is that it’s very good to be Shonda Rhimes right now.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s series premiere of the Rhimes-produced legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder performed excellently, debuting to a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 14 million viewers.  The show is a swell vehicle for star Viola Davis, and carries with it a twisty mystery hook in addition to the procedural aspect.  It was the most-watched show of the night and shared the title of highest-rated program with another Rhimes-produced series…
  • Which would be Scandal, also on ABC.  The buzzy soap returned for its fourth season with a 3.8 rating and 11.9 million viewers, marking series highs in both departments.
  • Rhimes’ other, long-running ABC series Grey’s Anatomy kicked off the night with a 3.0 rating and 9.8 million viewers, which is up from the May finale’s 2.6 rating.
  • Over on NBC, Parenthood kicked off its final season with a 1.4 rating and 4.3 million viewers, up from its last finale’s 1.3 rating.
  • The surprising season premiere of Bones on Fox notched a 1.6 rating and 6.2 million viewers, which was on par with its previous season finale.

Watch Weird Al Yankovic Sing New Theme Songs for GAME OF THRONES, MAD MEN, SCANDAL, HOMELAND, and MODERN FAMILY at the Emmys

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With a traditional host like Seth Meyers at the helm, the 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony was steadily amusing but mostly unmemorable.  With that as the standard, it was a delightful treat when Weird Al Yankovic came out on stage to perform his version of the theme songs for Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Scandal, Homeland, and Modern Family.  Weird Al’s lyrics were appropriately silly and the jolt of musical energy was a breath of fresh air for the telecast.

Hit the jump to watch the Weird Al clip, plus Meyers’ introduction monologue, the “Billy on the Street” segment, and the audience questions bit.

ABC Renews ONCE UPON A TIME, RESURRECTION, SCANDAL, and More; Orders HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and Others to Series

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It’s ABC’s turn to get in on the renewal/pilot order fun, as the network has renewed three dramas and ordered a few others to series.  Briefly:

  • ABC has renewed the drama series Scandal (duh), Modern Family (more duh), Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Revenge, The Goldbergs, The Middle, and freshman show Resurrection to return next season.
  • The network has also ordered three new dramas to series: the Viola Davis-fronted legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder from creator Shonda Rhimes, the racially charged American Crime from 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, and the alien-invasion show The Whispers from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
  • On the comedy side, the pilots for Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, the Karen Gillan-fronted Selfie, the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and creator Dan Fogelman’s (The Neighbors) musical fairy tale Galavant have been ordered to series.

Hit the jump for synopsis and casting info for the new series.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Finale Tops PARKS AND REC; SCANDAL Finale Surges

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The season five finale of NBC’s Community saw a slight ratings uptick, rising 11% from last week’s series low 0.9 rating to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 2.9 million viewers.  It barely edged out Parks and Recreation for the night, but that’s still far from a “solid” ratings performance.  And yet, a sixth season renewal is actually looking pretty likely since it would put the series in a lucrative position for syndication.  If NBC doesn’t renew Community and “Basic Sandwich” ends up being the series finale, we’ll all just have to assume a giant asteroid destroyed all life on earth.  It is canon, after all.
  • Over on ABC, Scandal closed out its buzzworthy third season with a 3.4 rating and 10.45 million viewers, rising 13% from last week and marking the show’s highest rated season finale yet.  A fitting end to what’s been a breakout season for the Shonda Rhimes soap.

Hit the jump for the rest of the TV ratings report for Thursday, April 17th, including Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Falls to New Series Low; THE BIG BANG THEORY Dips to Season Low

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Last night’s episode of Community, quite possibly one of the strangest yet (and that’s saying something), fell a tenth from last week’s numbers to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.62 million viewers.  That marks a new series low for the NBC sitcom.
  • On the flipside, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory hit a “low” with a 4.6 rating and 15.99 million viewers, which is a dip of three tenths from last week’s 4.9 rating.  That’s a season low for the ratings juggernaut, though it still stood head and shoulders above everything else on Thursday night.

Hit the jump for the rest of the TV ratings report for Thursday, April 10th, including Parks and Recreation, The Millers, Scandal, Parenthood, Reign, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: PARENTHOOD Hits Six-Month High; VAMPIRE DIARIES Drops to Series Low

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TV ratings for Thursday, March 27th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s tear-factory drama Parenthood ticked up one tenth to a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.39 million viewers, marking a six-month high for the show.
  • The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, meanwhile, dropped four tenths to a series low 0.7 rating and scored 1.71 million viewers, while Reign dipped one tenth to a 0.6 rating and 1.51 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (which has now been officially canceled) ticked up one tenth to a 0.9 rating and scored 3.30 million viewers, Grey’s Anatomy was up a tenth to a 2.5 rating and 8.13 million viewers, and Scandal was up two tenths to a 3.1 rating and 8.84 million viewers.
  • The Fox premiere of the Christopher Meloni comedy Surviving Jack got off to a disappointing start with a 1.3 rating and 5.12 million viewers.
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