‘Scandal’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Emerge as Top Dramas Among Live+7 Ratings

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‘Scandal’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Emerge as Top Dramas Among Live+7 Ratings

ABC claimed the most Top 10 playback gainers of any network for the 2nd week in a row among Adults 18-49 – more than CBS (3), Fox (1) and NBC (0) combined. ABC had 6 of the week’s 10 biggest TV playback gainers among young adults, including the Top 3 drama gainers: “Grey’s Anatomy” (+1.9 rating points) – #2, “Scandal” (+1.8 rating points) – #3, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (+1.5 rating points) – #4, with “Revenge” (+1.2 rating points), Once Upon a Time (+1.2 rating points) and “Resurrection” (+1.2 rating points) tied at #6.

“Revenge” catapulted 92% over its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating and scored its largest-ever percentage build. In fact, with a 2.5 Adult 18-49 rating in the final L+7 numbers, “Revenge” grew over its prior week telecast (+4%) to tie a 4-week high – since 3/16/14. In the Live + Same Day ratings, “Revenge” held even week to week. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” also earned its biggest playback increase yet, building 79% over its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating.

“Scandal” posted its largest playback lift ever, spiking +1.8 rating points this week over its L+SD Adult 18-49 number. In fact, growing to a 4.8 Adult 18-49 rating in the final L+7 numbers, “Scandal” shot up to its highest young adult rating since its mid-season return in February – since 2/27/14. In the L+SD ratings, “Scandal” was up 1-tenth of a rating point over the prior week with Adults 18-49. Additionally, the red-hot ABC drama posted its biggest-ever Total Viewer increase, growing by +4.2 million viewers over its L+SD tally.

In the final Live + 7 Day ratings, ABC’s “Scandal” (4.8 rating) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (4.5 rating) emerged as the Top 2 dramas of the week with Adults 18-49, finishing among the week’s Top 3 TV programs overall (beating both editions of NBC’s “The Voice”). “S.H.I.E.L.D.” (3.4) – #8, “Resurrection” (3.3) – #9 and “Once Upon a Time “(3.2) – #10 all shot up to the week’s Top 10 highest-rated broadcast shows in Adults 18-49, after ranking #18, #13 and #16, respectively, in the initial Live + Same Day numbers. In addition, for the 3rd straight week, “Resurrection” and Once Upon a Time finished as Sunday’s #1 and #2 broadcast shows in Adults 18-49, respectively.

Season-to-Date TV Playback (9/23/13-4/13/14):

Based on TV playback data for the 2013-14 season, ABC claims 5 of the Top 10 playback gainers among Adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks (the most of any net): “Modern Family” (+2.0 rating points) – #2, “Grey’s Anatomy” (+1.9 rating points) – #4, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (+1.6 rating points) and “Scandal” (+1.6 rating points) tie at #5 and “Resurrection” (+1.3 rating points) – #10. ABC owns 4 of the 10 biggest overall gainers on the broadcast networks (tied with CBS): “Modern Family” (+4.44 million) – #5, Castle (+4.40 million) – #6, Grey’s (+3.96 million) – #7 and “Scandal” (+3.93 million) – #8.

Nearly all of ABC’s returning series are seeing bigger percentage gains among Adults 18-49 from L+SD to L+7 this year than last: The Bachelor (+24% vs. +22%), Castle (+60% vs. +50%), Dancing with the Stars (+19% vs. +17%), “Grey’s Anatomy” (+70% vs. +55%), Last Man Standing (+46% vs. +33%), “Modern Family” (+56% vs. +53%), Nashville (+80% vs. +58%), The Neighbors (+33% vs. +17%), Once Upon a Time (+55% vs. +43%), “Revenge” (+63% vs. +48%), “Scandal” (+53% vs. +42%), “Shark Tank” (+30% vs. +21%) and Suburgatory (+25% vs. +23%).

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is Tuesday’s #1 scripted show this season with Adults 18-49 based on original telecasts, beating CBS’ “NCIS” (4.1 rating vs. 4.0 rating). Based on first-run telecasts in the L+7 Adult 18-49 ratings, ABC claims the season’s #1 scripted show on Tuesday (S.H.I.E.L.D. – 4.1), #1 show on Wednesday (“Modern Family” – 5.6), #1 dramas on Thursday (Grey’s and “Scandal” tied – 4.6), #1 show on Friday (“Shark Tank” – 2.6) and #1 broadcast series on Sunday (“Resurrection” – 4.0).

“Modern Family” is the season’s #2 scripted series among Adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks (5.6 rating).

Source: The Nielsen Company, as dated. Network averages based on all programming. Program rankers based on regular, original telecasts only.


Source: Nielsen Media Research // 01/01/18 - 01/07/18
NFL Wildcard GameNBC7.0022.82 million
Golden Globe AwardsNBC5.0019.01 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS3.1016.16 million
The SimpsonsFOX2.806.95 million
Young SheldonCBS2.6014.70 million
Ellen's Game of GamesNBC2.408.88 million
Ellen's Game of GamesNBC2.208.84 million
9-1-1FOX1.806.83 million
Modern FamilyABC1.705.90 million
MomCBS1.709.88 million


Sunday Night FootballNBC6.7719.04 million
Thursday Night FootballCBS4.7314.75 million
Young SheldonCBS3.8015.86 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS3.2514.48 million
This Is UsNBC3.1811.42 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.5010.72 million
The Voice (Tues.)NBC2.4010.62 million
Will & GraceNBC2.137.69 million
Grey's AnatomyABC2.178.07 million
The Good DoctorABC2.1010.86 million