The TV ratings for Thursday, February 19th are in. Here are some of the highlights:
- Let’s start with Shondaland, which tied CBS in key demo: Grey’s Anatomy was up 9 percent to a 2.5 in the ratings and 8.07 million viewers at 8 p.m. (beating American Idol), while Scandal notched up to a 3 percent gain of 3.2 in the key 18-49 demo, and 9.53 million viewers at 9 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder was also up 4 percent at 10 p.m. to a 2.8 and 8.84 million viewers (who all saw a badass appearance by Cicely Tyson).
- One thing that’s clear from those numbers is that TGIT is no longer suffering from NBC moving The Blacklist to Thursdays. That show matched its series low from last week with a 1.7 and 7.49 million viewers at 9 p.m. It’s also currently wedged between two certifiable duds, which is not going to help it out.
- NBC did not fare well on Thursday overall, as the second episode of The Slap took a massive fall of 27 percent to a 0.8 and 3.93 million viewers at 8 p.m. (it’s all downhill after that first slap, in more ways than one). However, Allegiance at 10 p.m. somehow jumped up 29 percent at 10 p.m., scoring a still meager 0.9 and 3.38 million viewers
- CBS won the night overall with viewers: The Big Bang Theory at 8 p.m. dropped slightly to a 4.4, but still brought in 17.17 million viewers. The premiere of The Odd Couple at 8:30 p.m. — with a 3.1 and 13.57 million viewers (you can read my review here) — was no doubt helped by TBBT and the series finale of Two and a Half Men at 9 p.m., which jumped 48 percent from last week, notching a 3.1 and 13.2 million viewers who wanted to see whether or not Charlie Sheen returned.
- Fox’s Backstrom at 9 p.m. continues to be a roller coaster with ratings — this week, it dropped 25 percent to a 0.9 and 3.51 million viewers.
- On the CW, The Vampire Diaries matched last week’s series low of 0.7 and 1.41 million viewers at 8 p.m., while Reign held steady at 0.4 and 1.03 million at 9 p.m.