ABC’s Scandal on Thursday night opened Season 3 with 10.5 million total viewers and a 3.6 demo rating — up 15 and 13 percent from its May finale to hit all-time highs in both measures.
Versus its sophomore opener, the buzzy drama surged 59 and 71 percent.
Leading into Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy (9.4 mil/3.0) was steady in viewers but down 12 percent in the demo from its two-hour opener.
THE CW | The Vampire Diaries returned to 2.6 mil/1.2, up in viewers from its May finale but down 19 and 25 percent from its previous premiere. The Originals (in a “special” time slot) led out of that with 2.15 mil/0.9, down 25 percent from Beauty and the Beast‘s year-ago launch but delivering the same retention (75 percent) out of TVD.
FOX | The X Factor (7 mil/2.0) gained viewers but ticked down a tenth week-to-week. Glee (4.5 mil/1.6) was down 12 and 20 percent from its season opener.
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CBS | The Big Bang Theory delivered 17.8 mil and a 5.0, dipping 6 and 9 percent from last week’s 8 o’clock showing. The Millers debuted out of that with 13.2 mil/3.3, down two tenths from Two and a Half Men‘s year-ago opener while drawing more viewers. The Crazy Ones followed with 11.8 mil/2.9, down 26 percent in the demo from its launch but leading its time slot in total viewers. Two and a Half Men (9.3 mil/2.4) was down 17 percent from its premiere. Elementary (9.2 mil/2.0) dipped 10 percent and a tenth.
NBC | Parks and Rec was steady with 3.5 mil/1.3, and lead-out Welcome to the Family debuted to a 3.3 mil and a 1.2 (versus Up All Night‘s 3.1 mil/1.3). Sean Saves the World premiered with 4.9 mil/1.6, up in viewers but down in the demo from The Office‘s final season opener (4.3 mil/2.1). The Michael J. Fox Show (5.9 mil/1.9) fell 14 percent in the demo from its debut. Parenthood (4.8 mil/1.7) is up a tick from its opener (pending possible NFL preemption adjustments).