9:04am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Scandal' Grows in Second Week, 'American Idol' Tops Thursday
No second-week slump here.
ABC's Scandal, created by Grey's Anatomy mastermind Shonda Rhimes, saw growth from its series debut last week. The Kerry Washington-led drama averaged 7.5 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 to win its 10 p.m. time slot opposite a Person of Interest repeat on CBS and an Awake original on NBC.
It helped that Scandal's lead-in Grey's (8.8 million, 2.9) rose in the demo, while ABC's 8 p.m. drama Missing (7.9 million, 1.4) dipped one-tenth compared with the previous original.
Fox notched another ratings victory on the heels of a strong American Idol results show (15.3 million, 4.2), up from last week's elimination show. The Kiefer Sutherland series Touch (8.2 million, 2.3) was steady following Idol. The network easily took home the Thursday win, averaging 11.8 million viewers and a 3.2 in primetime.
Most of NBC's comedy lineup saw upticks, with veteran The Office being the only exception. Community (3.2 million, 1.4), 30 Rock (3 million, 1.4) and the season finale of Up All Night (3.2 million, 1.5) all improved, while Office (4.4 million, 2.1) dropped a few tenths. Awake (2.7 million, 0.9) didn't do much to get out of its slumber, matching a series low.
CBS aired a two-hour block of comedies, though most of it was repeats, hinting at what could be in the works for Thursdays next season. Rules of Engagement (8.5 million, 2.7) was steady with its previous original, which had an original Big Bang Theory as its lead-in. In reruns for the week, Theory was still the top-rated scripted series on Thursday.
In head-to-head competition, Univision programming topped Missing, Community and 30 Rock at 8 p.m., as well as trumping Awake at 10 p.m. in the demo.
The CW was in repeats.