8:52am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Thursday Dramas Decline Against Baseball and the NFL
Thursday night TV was all about sports, which meant dips for most broadcast scripted series.
Hourlong dramas faced both the dominant NFL match-up on CBS, up a notch from last week in preliminary returns for preliminary 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 that will rise considerably in the finals, and the MLB postseason game between the Mets and the Dodgers — the latter on track to be the night's highest-rated cable offering. (Complete baseball ratings available later on Friday.)
Grey's Anatomy was the only series on ABC's TGIT block to not lose any ground. The series averaged a steady 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. Scandal, with a 2.3 rating in the key demo, was off three-tenths of a point. How to Get Away With Murder, netting a 2.0 rating, was off by two-tenths.
Heroes Reborn (1.1 adults) and The Blacklist (1.4 adults) were reasonably steady on NBC, though The Player dropped again. The drama averaged just a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. That's down two-tenths of a point from last week's score.
Both Bones (1.1 adults) and Sleepy Hollow (0.8 adults) dropped two-tenths of a point on Fox. And, on the CW, Vampire Diaries (0.6 adults) and The Originals (0.5 adults) were steady with last week's premieres.