8:46am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Riverdale' Makes a Soft Entrance, 'TGIT' Returns in Full
ABC nabbed a Thursday victory with the return of its three-hour block of Shonda Rhimes-produced programming, TGIT.
It marked the first new episode of Scandal since the end of the last broadcast season, sidelined this fall on account of star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, and the show picked up with a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers. For Scandal, that's an improvement from the previous season's finale — but off roughly one-third in the key demo of its most recent premiere showing in the key demo.
Grey's Anatomy was up in its return from winter hiatus, earning a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 to top the night across broadcast. How to Get Away With Murder was also improved, earning a 1.5 rating.
CBS kicked off its night with repeats before tribute special Mary Tyler Moore — Love Is All Around. The hourlong event honoring the late Moore, whose iconic sitcom vehicle aired on CBS for seven seasons, averaged a 0.8 rating in the key demo and 6.5 million viewers. (The network wrapped the night with a new Pure Genius, which earned a 0.7 rating.)
NBC aired only repeats, while Fox posted a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 with Hell's Kitchen and a 0.8 rating for My Kitchen Rules.
The CW capped off its night with midseason's only big launch. Riverdale, a noir-y spin on the Archie Comics, earned a modest 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers during its linear debut. For the network, that's about on par with the equally unassuming arrivals for fall entries No Tomorrow and Frequency — neither of which received a back order. But Riverdale is quite in line with the CW's teen fare of yesteryear, prior to its push into comic book franchises, and may perform better on other platforms.
And Riverdale did not have the most robust lead-in. Supernatural posted just a 0.7 rating at 8 p.m.