8:39am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Slap' Lands Softly
NBC's latest big swing, The Slap, didn't make much of an impression on Thursday night. The limited series launched to a modest 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers at 8 p.m. It will grow with time-shifting, especially considering its big cast, but the live number comes considerably far south of anything promising.
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NBC's The Blacklist, settling into its own Thursday roost on the network, shed seven-tenths of a point from last week's continuation of the Super Bowl special, averaging a 1.7 rating in the key demo. And Allegiance is already in the danger zone, falling four-tenths of a point from its soft premiere to just a 0.7 rating in the key demo.
A steady ABC lineup earned bragging rights for the top demo performance of the night. Grey's Anatomy (2.3 adults), Scandal (3.1 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (2.7 adults) were all in line with last week's performances.
Mom (2.1 adults) took a hit on CBS, falling seven-tenths of a point. And the penultimate Two and a Half Men (2.1 adults) was off two-tenths of a point ahead of a steady Elementary (1.4 adults).
On Fox, a steady American Idol (2.3 adults) was followed by a boosted Backstrom (1.3 adults), which rebounded by three-tenths of a point.
The Vampire Diaries (0.7 adults) and Reign (0.4 adults) were both even on The CW.