'Scandal' Steals Thursday For ABC

With CBS airing reruns for much of its programming on a mid-April Thursday, ABC had a easy path for winning the night. The week before, CBS and ABC were in a neck-and-neck race among 18-49 viewers.

ABC’s “Scandal” had a strong performance at 10 p.m. for its season, with a Nielsen preliminary 3.4 rating/10 share among 18-49 viewers, the highest-rated 18-49 rating show of the night. “Scandal” also matched its midseason finale number from last December.

At 9 p.m., ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” earned a steady and solid 2.5/8, just a tick down from last week’s 2.6 rating the week before. ABC earned a 2.2/7 overall for the night.

“Scandal” wasn’t the only show to end its season on the night. Two NBC shows also had season finales: “Community” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.0/4, up from a 0.9 rating the week before. Later that night, at 10 p.m., “Parenthood” registered a 1.3/4, up 20% from the previous week.

CBS also had a season finale -- and possible series finale. For “The Crazy Ones,” a 9 p.m. episode earned a 1.6/5 and the 9:30 p.m. season finale episode earned a 1.3/4. Both “Crazy” shows earned lower ratings than the previous week’s episode, which scored a 1.7 rating.

Fox scored some generally higher results from the previous week. At 8 p.m., “Hell’s Kitchen” at 1.7/6 was up over 20% from the week before. “American Idol” grew a bit -- up 6% -- to a 1.9/6 at 9 p.m.

After ABC’s leading 2.2/7 rating for the night among 18-49 viewers, Fox and CBS each had a 1.6/5, followed by NBC and Univision, each with a 1.0/3; and CW with a 0.6/2.

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