Thursday TV Ratings: ABC vs NBC, Shondaland vs THE BLACKLIST; Who Won the Night?

     February 6, 2015


The TV ratings for Thursday, February 5th are in. Here are some of the highlights:

Thursday was a showdown between ABC and NBC, since The Blacklist was moved from its popular Monday night slot to Thursday, to boost viewers for the new series Allegiance. But, that also put it squarely against the TGIT Shonda Rhimes bloc on ABC. So who prevailed?

Well … it’s complicated. Kinda.

  • Let’s start with NBC. The Blacklist was down to a 2.3 and 9.95 million viewers at 9 p.m., which is an 8 percent drop from its midseason finale. While that tied a series low for the show, it still was NBC’s highest rated Thursday drama since 2009, and improved their numbers for that slot by 130 percent.  Basically, fans stuck with their show, but maybe not as many as would have tuned it had it stayed on Mondays.
  • As for the show it was supposed to bolster: The Americans-knockoff Allegiance didn’t get much interest from anybody. It pulled a measly 1.1 and 4.93 million viewers at 10 p.m.  It’s basically DOA.
  • Over on ABC, things weren’t particularly rosy thanks to NBC’s shift. All of its Shondaland series were down. Grey’s Anatomy notched a 2.2/7.88 million viewers at 8 p.m. (down 21 percent in the key demo), Scandal was down 14 percent to 3.1 and 9.53 million viewers (pretty much tying The Blacklist), and (my personal favorite) How to Get Away with Murder was down 13 percent to series low 2.7 and 8.32 million viewers. Still, they helped ABC win in the key 18-49 demo.
  • On Fox, new series Backstrom continues to drop off — this week, it scored a 1.0 and 3.63 million viewers at 9 p.m., down 29 percent from last week.  Only the strong survive!
  • The strong, by the way, meant The Big Bang Theory on CBS at 8 p.m., with a 4.5 and 16.83 million viewers. CBS wins again overall. That’s just how they roll.