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.