Thursday TV Ratings: THE SLAP Premieres Quietly, THE BLACKLIST Dips Again

     February 13, 2015


The TV ratings for Thursday, February 12th are in. Here are some of the highlights:

  • ABC’s Shondaland series have been strong, but not as strong since their return from winter break: Grey’s Anatomy at 8 p.m. stayed steady with a 2.3 rating in the key demo and 7.7 million viewers, but Scandal at 9 p.m. was down a tenth (3.1, 9.27 million ). How to Get Away with Murder at 10 p.m. matched last week’s series low of 2.7 and 8.4 million viewers.
  • Still, though TGIT may not be gaining viewers at the moment, each of those series still won its timeslot, and won the night overall for ABC in the key demo (CBS won for overall viewers).
  • the-slap-review-image-2The premiere of NBC’s miniseries The Slap (read my review here) at 8 p.m. was very quiet: it only scored a 1.1 and 5.5 million viewers (ouch).
  • NBC’s The Blacklist is also struggling in its new Thursday spot; the formerly dominant Monday series came in third — with a 1.7 rating and 8 million viewers at 9 p.m. — to Scandal and CBS’s Two and Half Men (2.1, 9.21 million viewers).
  • Another issue plaguing The Blacklist‘s numbers might be Fox’s Backstrom, also at 9 p.m., which came back from the dead by going up three tenths from last week, pulling a 1.3 and 4.43 million viewers. And an anecdotal two cents from my cable guy: “I’m pissed The Blacklist moved to Thursdays!”
  • Things only got worse at 10 p.m. for NBC, where DOA series Allegiance crawled to a measly 0.7 and 3.6 million viewers, putting NBC in third behind HTGAWM and Elementary on CBS, which almost exactly doubled Allegiance‘s numbers (1.4, 7.66 million viewers).
  • On the CW, everything stayed steady: The Vampire Diaries at 8 p.m. pulled an 0.7 and 1.51 million viewers, while Reign at 9 p.m. brought in an 0.4 and 1.05 million viewers.