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TV Ratings: 'Scandal' Premieres on Sturdy Feet as Most of Thursday Slips

CBS and Fox split the night with respective wins among viewers and the demo, while the new Shonda Rhimes drama gets numbers familiar to its time slot.

Scandal, ABC
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Fox's American Idol was down Thursday -- as was nearly everything. The series dropped 10 percent according to fast national ratings, pulling a 3.8 among adults 18-49. Added to the shrinking Touch, down 15 percent to a 2.3 in the demo, Fox edged out CBS among adults for the night. The network averaged a 3.0 in the demo and pulled a second-place showing of 10.6 million viewers.

CBS had Thursday's only series immune from shrinkage, and it came from an unlikely source: Rules of Engagement held on to its 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 after The Big Bang Theory dropped 11 percent to a 4.2 in the demo. Person of Interest was down to a 2.9, still beating ABC's Grey's Anatomy, and The Mentalist dipped 11 percent to a 2.4 among adults. The network averaged a 2.9 with adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers.

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Missing continued to fall on ABC, netting just a 1.4 among adults 18-49 before the return of Grey's Anatomy. The medical drama was down 7 percent from its most recent original for a season low of a 2.8 in the demo. Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes launched her latest ABC series at 10 p.m. Scandal had a sturdy 2.1 among adults 18-49, though it's worth noting that Missing enjoyed that same premiere number in the same slot just a month ago.

NBC hit series lows across the board, with the exception of The Office, which is still stuck in repeats. Community dropped to a 1.3 among adults 18-49, and 30 Rock fell to a 1.2. Up All Night was down to a 1.1, while Awake was barely conscious at 10 p.m. with a 0.9 in the demo. NBC averaged a 1.1 rating among 18-49-ers and 2.7 million viewers.

The CW aired repeats of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, averaging a 0.4 with adults 18-49.