10:20am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' and 'Murder' Down in Return
TGIT is back — but with a noticeable dip in viewership.
ABC’s Thursday night drama lineup returned after a three-month hiatus lower than its fall averages, though it still marked an increase in viewers from the past weeks’ fill-in programming.
Grey’s Anatomy performed the best of Shonda Rhimes’ trio of dramas, the top three in the key demo, with a 2.4 among adults 18-24 and 8 million total viewers, down only a tenth of point from its Nov. 19 fall finale. Scandal (2.1) was down three-tenths from its last airing, while How to Get Away with Murder (1.8) fell a whole half of a point.
The rest of the networks’ programming stayed fairly consistent. Among the series that remained steady with last week’s numbers: CBS’ Life in Pieces, Elementary and Mom; NBC’s The Big Bang Theory, The Blacklist, Shades of Blue and You, Me and the Apocalypse; The CW’s The 100 and Legends of Tomorrow; and Fox’s American Idol.
Stepping in for the late Angel From Hell, a Big Bang rerun matched the recently cancelled Jane Lynch starrer. Overall, ABC and Fox tied for the top spot among adults 18 to 49, both averaging a 2.1. The pair lead CBS by 11% (1.9) and NBC by 91% (1.1).