‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Scandal’ Topple ‘American Idol’ In Thursday Ratings Race

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Scandal’ Topple ‘American Idol’ In Thursday Ratings Race

The following are primetime ratings notes from ABC’s Thursday line-up of “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”

ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 6.8 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): ABC finished a strong #2 on Thursday to CBS with NCAA Basketball Semifinals, beating Fox by 15% in Total Viewers (6.8 million vs. 5.9 million) and by 29% in Adults 18-49 (2.2/7 vs. 1.7/5). ABC’s “Scandal” and “Grey’s” stood as the night’s Top 2 TV series in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, as both shows were up for the 2nd week with young adults.

In addition, the Network ranked #1 for the 5th straight Thursday with key Women (W18-34/W18-49). ABC was up for the 2nd week in Adults 18-49 (+5%) to deliver its best Thursday in 1 month – since 2/27/14.

“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (8-9pm – 3.3 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): During the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” was up 13% in Adults 18-49 to a 3-week high – since 3/6/14.

“Grey’s Anatomy” (9-10pm – 8.1 million and 2.5/7 in AD18-49): Nearly tripling its Adult 18-49 lead-in at 9pm (+178%), ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.5/7) was once again the top-rated series in its hour, beating Fox’s “American Idol” into the debut of “Surviving Jack” by 56% (1.6/5). Fox’s “American Idol” delivered another all-time low 1.9 Adults 18-49 rating and the debut of “Surviving Jack” fell to a 1.3 rating. “Grey’s” was up for the 2nd week in a row among Adults 18-49 (+4%).

“Scandal” (10-11pm – 8.8 million and 3.1/9 in AD18-49): Building on its “Grey’s” lead-in among Adults 18-49 at 10pm (+24%), ABC’s “Scandal” (3.1/9) more than doubled its drama competition in the hour, beating NBC’s Parenthood by 121% (1.4/4). Growing for the 2nd week in Adults 18-49 (+7%), “Scandal” posted its best numbers since its mid-season return in February (on 2/27/14). In addition, the hit ABC drama grew by double-digits over its year-ago telecast (8.0 million and 2.6/7 on 3/28/13) in Total Viewers (+10%) and Adults 18-49 (+19%). Up by 39% season to date in Adults 18-49, ABC’s “Scandal” is TV’s fastest growing returning series.

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10 BROADCAST SERIES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Source: Nielsen Media Research // 08/28/17 - 09/03/17
Florida St./AlabamaABC3.9012.34 million
A. Got Talent (Tue.)NBC2.6013.13 million
A. Got Talent (Wed.)NBC1.9011.09 million
Big Brother (Wed.)CBS1.806.13 million
Big Brother (Sun.)CBS1.705.65 million
Bachelor in Para. (Mon.)ABC1.505.05 million
Big Brother (Thur.)CBS1.504.89 million
American Ninja WarriorNBC1.406.11 million
W. Virginia/VA. TechABC1.304.65 million
Bachelor in Para. (Tue.)ABC1.304.36 million

TV WATCH TOP 10: 2016-17 SEASON AVERAGES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Sunday Night FootballNBC6.9620.21 million
Thursday Night FootballCBS4.9614.74 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS3.0413.81 million
EmpireFOX2.727.62 million
This Is UsNBC2.689.82 million
America's Got TalentNBC2.6312.81 million
The BachelorABC2.357.36 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.2210.35 million
Modern FamilyABC2.116.88 million
Grey's AnatomyABC2.067.85 million