ABC's Red Hot 'Scandal' Returns Up to Equal a Series High

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April 26th, 2013

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via press release:

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal returned for their first original telecasts in 3 weeks with dominant Adult 18-49 victories in the 9pm and 10pm hours, to stand as the Top 2 dramas of the night.  Among Adults 18-49, ABC has now delivered the top-rated 10 o’clock dramas on Monday (Castle), Tuesday (Body of Proof) and Thursday (Scandal) this week, with Scandal on track to finish as the week’s #1 regularly scheduled 10pm drama in for its 10th straight original broadcast (on each week since its January return).  Scandal outdelivered American Idol on the night in Adults 18-49 and returned up to match a series high. Scandal was once again Thursday’s #1 most social series during primetime, leading #2 American Idol by 79% (175k vs. 98k).


More than doubling its Adult 18-49 lead-in (+145%) at 9pm, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy shot up to win the hour for its 4th straight original, beating CBS’ Person of Interest by 13%, Fox’s Idol-led Glee 50% and NBC’s comedies by 80% (The Office/Parks and Recreation).  Grey’s returned within 1-tenth of a rating point of its last original telecast on 4/4/13.


Building on its Grey’s lead-in and up 8% over its last original airing, ABC’s Scandal took full control of its 10 o’clock drama competition in Adults 18-49, beating CBS’ Elementary by a best-ever 40% and nearly tripled NBC’s Hannibal (+180%)  In fact in Adults 18-49, Scandal has now finished as the #1 series in its time slot on each of its last 13 original telecasts.    Continuing to trend well ahead of its freshman season, Scandal was up sharply from its same night year-ago performance in viewers (+13%) and young adults (+40%).  On its first original telecast since 4/4/13, Scandal equaled series highs Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34.

  • forg

    Go Scandal!

    And impressive for Greys as well to stay this strong 9 years in.

    ABC needs a strong 8 PM show to make this a winning night!

  • Juan

    Yay scandal and grey’s hope they both adjust up, that would be awesome

  • Dan

    @Forg – Thats why ABC will likely air Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in that 8pm slot. They figure why not capitalize on the success of the movies and help the struggling slot.

    I hope Grey’s doesnt adjust up if it means Scandal adjusting down but either way out of the 3 renewed shows from last season Scandal turns out to be the surprise hit.

  • Anonymous

    I love this show! The casting, the writing, everything is absolutely brilliant!

    The only thing I would change is the time. Moving it to 8 or 9 would definitely help me get some sleep on Thursday nights haha.

  • RandyL

    Scandal’s ratings are definitely something ABC has to be proud of, that’s for sure.

  • Fred

    Perfectly written release.
    I love how the 8:00 – 9:00 PM WIFE SWAP disaster was not mentioned.
    Not funny like usual, because ABC did quite well from 9:00-11:00.

    Great stuff nonetheless!

  • Dan

    I wonder if ABC will even bring back Celebrity Wife Swap next season with regular Wife Swaps disastrous ratings.

  • rob60990

    Celebrity Wife Swap is returning in the summer.

  • Roco

    @rob, for someone who dislikes Scandal, you sure jump at the chance to click on this…hater!

  • harry

    ABC season averages 18-49 until recently

    Modern Family 4.4
    Grey’s Anatomy 3.1
    Once Upon a Time 2.9
    How to Live with Your Parents 2.7
    Scandal 2.4
    The Middle 2.3
    Revenge 2.2
    Suburgatory 2.2
    Castle 2.0
    Nashville 1.9
    The Neighbors 1.9
    Last Man Standing 1.5
    Malibu Country 1.4
    Body of Proof 1.4
    Red Widow 1.2
    Happy Endings 1.1

  • Melanie P.

    Great job Scandal!

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  • karin

    bravo GA !

  • Scandalfan

    Scandal killed it last night, the show was amazing. Can’t wait for next week and already sad that the finale is coming. Good Job Scandal.

  • harry

    First time ABC didnt spin the ratings . they were indeed first in the timeslots greys and scandal and they deserve it!

  • AD

    Scandal is awesome! I mentioned to the wife of a colleague and she is hooked! Everyone I mention it to seems to latch on to it.

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