Ratings: Scandal, Big Bang Hit New Series Highs
Scandal resumed its sophomore run on Thursday night by hitting all-time highs, drawing 8.4 million total viewers (up 18 percent from its fall finale) and a 2.8 demo rating (up 17 percent and beating CBS’ Elementary by four tenths).
Leading into that, Grey’s Anatomy (9.2 mil/3.1) was up 12 percent and two tenths. The antepenultimate Last Resort opened ABC’s night with 5.8 mil/1.2, up 18 percent and two tenths from its previous outing.
Over on CBS, The Big Bang Theory just keeps on getting bigger, inching up 3 percent to hit series highs for a second consecutive week: 19.8 million total viewers and a 6.3 demo rating.
Coming out of that, Two and a Half Men (14.3 mil/4.2) dipped in the demo week-to-week; Person of Interest (15.6 mil/3.3) ticked down from last week’s series highs yet still bested Grey’s in both measures; and Elementary (11.3 mil/2.4) slipped some but drew a larger audience than Scandal.
* NBC’s 30 Rock (3.8 mil/1.4) returned up 27 percent, The Office (4.53 mil/2.2) ticked up a tenth and 1600 Penn‘s regular time slot premiere (3.85 mil/1.6) was down a tenth from Parks and Recreation‘s season average there at 9:30 pm. REMINDER: Parks and Rec returns next Thursday it its new time slot of 8:30 pm.
* Fox’s Mobbed (3.3 mil/1.2) was up 9 percent week-to-week.
* The CW’s broadcast of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards drew the event’s largest audience (1.9 mil) and best demos since 2006 (on The WB, ribbit).