Ratings: Modest bow for ABC’s ‘Scandal’

'Bang, ' Idol' top lightly watched Thursday

On a holiday Thursday that saw depressed viewership across the dial, ABC drama ”Scandal” opened to decent, second-place numbers. CBS comedy ”The Big Bang Theory” was the night’s No. 1 show, and the net’s ”Person of Interest” edged out ABC’s ”Grey’s Anatomy” among young adults for the first time.

Just about every show was either at, or very near, season lows. Fox and CBS split demo honors on the night, with Fox edging out CBS in adults 18-49 (though the Eye won head to head) and CBS prevailing in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the D.C.-set Shonda Rhimes drama ”Scandal” averaged a 2.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour, placing second to CBS vet ”The Mentalist” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall). While this isn’t a great number for ”Scandal” , ”Private Practice” did the same 2.1 with its last original in the timeslot a few weeks ago , the retention out of ”Grey’s Anatomy” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) was respectable, and a bit better than ”Practice” has seen of late. ABC will look to gain a little momentum over the next two weeks with the CBS 9-11 p.m. dramas in repeat.

Elsewhere Thursday, CBS kicked off the night a winner with ”The Big Bang Theory” (4.2/14 in 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall), which beat out Fox’s ”American Idol” by 3 shares in 18-49. It was followed by ”Rules of Engagement” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) and rookie drama ”Person of Interest” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall), with the latter narrowly topping ABC’s ”Grey’s” for the 9 o’clock hour’s 18-49 lead.

At Fox, the ”American Idol” results show was the evening’s No. 2 show in 18-49 (3.8/12) and No. 1 in total viewers (13.8 million). ”Touch” followed with a third-place finish (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), down about 15% from its regular-slot premiere of last week but retaining the same amount of its ”Idol” lead-in.

NBC had another slow Thursday, starting off with ”Community” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and ”30 Rock” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), which fell behind ABC drama ”Missing” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), which seems to have found a core audience, down a tick week to week. The Peacock aired a repeat ”The Office” at 9 (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) and an original ”Up All Night” at 9:30 (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall). And at 10, ”Awake” continues to struggle (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), but it too could benefit from repeats of ”The Mentalist” over the next two weeks.

CW aired repeats of ”The Vampire Diaries” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and ”The Secret Circle” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.0/9; CBS, 2.9/9; ABC, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.3 million; Fox, 10.6 million; ABC, 7.6 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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