Scandal Season 5 Finale Ratings

Ratings: Scandal Closes Season 5 With 3-Month Highs — Long Hiatus Ahead?

ABC’s Scandal closed Season 5 on Thursday night with 6.7 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating (per finals), up 10 and 20 percent week-to-week to mark its best numbers since its Feb. 11 midseason premiere. That said, Scandal was down 17 and 23 percent from its previous finale.

The Shondaland drama now enters a possibly extended hiatus, amid speculation that its shortened, 16-episode Season 6 may be delayed until midseason.

Bookending ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy (7.8 mil/2.1) was up a tenth and easily led all Thursday dramas, while the freshly renewed The Catch (4.2 mil/1.o) ticked up.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

CBS | Big Bang Theory (14.7 mil/3.4) rose 13 percent, off just 8 percent in the demo versus its previous finale. Odd Couple (8.3 mil/1.6) was steady, Mom (8.3 mil/1.8) hit a 3-week high, 2 Broke Girls (7 mil/1.7) ticked up (but was down 16 percent from its previous, Monday finale) and Rush Hour (4.5 mil/0.9) added a tenth.

THE CW | Legends of Tomorrow (1.89 mil/0.7) hit a 4-week high in audience and gained a tenth in the demo. The 100 (1.17 mil/0.4) was flat.

NBC | The Blacklist (6.6 mil/1.3) ticked up, while Game of Silence (3.3 mil/0.7) was steady.

FOX | Bones (4.3 mil/0.8) ticked down.

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17 Comments
  1. Boiler says:

    SOOOOOOOOO…they keep the catch and cancel Nashville. Ratings similar and have seen no positives about this show. Is this new exec a relative of Shonda?. Except for Greys her shows struggling.

    • ABG says:

      Nashville has underperformed since season 3. It’s also produced by Lionsgate and not ABC Studios, which helped The Catch. Also, Scandal not coming back this year means they need a Shonda show to fill TGIT.

      • Boiler says:

        They don’t need a another Shonda show on Thursday. Those there now are evidently a mess. At least Nashville has been consistent the past couple of years unlike Shield, HTGAWM, The Catch, Quantico, etal. To me cancelling Nashville the stupidest decision of all networks unless NBC dumps Laura

        • Matt says:

          Nothing to do with the quality of the show or it’s competition. Nashville is older than The Catch and therefore more expensive to produce. It is not a ratings giant and so eventually the numbers stop adding up and it gets cancelled, the same scenario that just played out with Castle.

          • Boiler says:

            The fact that it is older, very ratings consistent should be a plus not a negative. If it is expensive it is because of all the useless characters. So they keep Catch and it continues to dive in ratings, what good does that do ABC. Viewership live already nosediving, why keep less popular shows. That doesn’t help anyone

      • Casey says:

        Scandal has not been canceled. It’s coming back next season.

    • Carla Krae says:

      The Catch is cheaper. That’s all that ABC needed to know.

    • Lala says:

      NashVille is more expensive and to be honest a mess…

  2. MissEllys says:

    They should have kept Nashville and cancelled The Catch (which is not sustainable past a single season)

  3. Kevin K says:

    CBS better cancelled Rush Hour soon.

  4. Kevin says:

    I just want more people to watch The 100.

  5. Leai says:

    Scandal 3 month high, but the lowest finale ratings in the series history. Even season one had higher numbers. Nice spin.

    • eric7740 says:

      You also have to keep in mind, people are not watching tv the way they were 5 years ago. There are DVR watchers, Hulu watchers, On Demand watchers… the days of huge numbers are a thing of the past.

      • herman1959 says:

        Ditto, and I’ve noticed that ratings have really dropped in the last couple of years. I wonder why there haven’t been many stories/articles about the drop; it’s not a secret.

  6. Mary says:

    Scandal finale probably brought in viewers who haven’t watch just to see the big surprise, which was disappointing to say the least. Doubt many will return next year.

  7. Lisa Echerd says:

    The upside to Scandal having such an unimpressive finale was that I won’t be that bothered if it is delayed. They could just write Olivia out for a few episodes and be fine. Mellie, Abby, and Susan if they bring her back are far more interesting at this point. Plus they need to get past the real election and come back with Mellie already in the White House. People are tired of politics IRL and after dispensing with Hollis, we are tired of it on Scandal.