‘Murder,’ ‘Scandal’ Dip, Remain Top Thursday Series; CBS Wins Night With Football

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates released Friday afternoon, none of ABC’s Thursday dramas saw an upward adjustment — the first time in the three weeks of the television season that at least one Alphabet series didn’t gain at least a tenth in 18-49 rating in the nationals. This supports the contention that the computing error Nielsen acknowledged this morning is related to the unusually positive afternoon adjustments we’ve seen for ABC; the company said ratings released today for Thursday’s programs are accurate.

ABC saw an afternoon adjustment more in line with what its Thursday shows did a year ago: “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 8.48 million viewers overall) picked up a tenth in each half-hour, but its 2.4 didn’t budge. “Scandal” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 9.52 million viewers overall) held steady, and “How to Get Away With Murder” (3.1/10 in 18-49, 10.81 million viewers overall) was revised upward by a tenth in the 10:30 half-hour but held at a 3.1. All three shows gained in overall audience, by about 100,000 viewers.

The only 18-49 revisions came in the form of a one tenth gain for both Fox’s “Bones (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.39 million viewers overall) and CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.67 million viewers overall).

CBS and NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” game between Indianapolis and Houston averaged a 5.4/18 in 18-49 and 15.85 million viewers overall.

 

ABC’s “How to Get Away” dipped Thursday in its third outing alongside skedmates “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” but the hot rookie was the top Thursday series in key demos, while CBS again won the night with its “Thursday Night Football.” Of the shows that bowed last week, NBC’s “Bad Judge” matched its premiere score, but Fox’s “Gracepoint” shed about one-fourth of its young-adult audience.

At CBS and the NFL Network, the Indianapolis Colts’ 33-28 victory over the Houston Texans — the first Thursday game this season with some late drama — averaged an 11.2 overnight household rating/19 share. This is up 8% from last week’s 10.4 for Minnesota-Green Bay and matches the overnight of two weeks ago for the New York Giants-Washington Redskins matchup.

ABC opened with “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), which was down about 10% from last week but remained the top 8 p.m. entertainment series in 18-49 by 3 shares. It was followed by “Scandal” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 9.5 8.4 million viewers overall) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (3.1/10 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall), both of which were down by similar amounts. Despite the declines, “Murder” and “Scandal” are the top-rated broadcast dramas in 18-49 for the week to date.

For a third straight Thursday, ABC was up vs. the comparable night a year ago — this time by 12% in 18-49 and 20% in total viewers.

NBC followed “The Biggest Loser” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) with the second airings of comedies “Bad Judge” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and “A to Z” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall). While “A to Z” was down a couple of ticks from its premiere, “Judge” matched its debut score in 18-49 — the first comedy this fall to achieve that in its second week.

“Bad Judge,” which built on its “Loser” lead-in by a tenth, matched the top in-season 18-49 score for a regular NBC Thursday 9 p.m. program since early last November (“Sean Saves the World”).

Closing the night for NBC was the steady “Parenthood” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth vs. the same night a year ago.

At Fox, “Bones” held steady (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), but “Gracepoint” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) was down 25% (0.3) from its modest week-ago premiere.

CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) was down two tenths from its season opener of last week, while “Reign” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) matched its week-ago delivery.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.6/11; ABC, 2.8/9; NBC and Fox, 1.2/4; Univision, 1.0/3; CW, 0.6/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.4 million; ABC, 9.5 million; Fox, 5.1 million; NBC, 4.4 million; Univision, 2.6 million; CW, 1.4 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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