ABC's Winter Finale of 'Grey's Anatomy' is Up by Double Digits & 'Scandal' Hits 2-Month Highs

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December 13th, 2013

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via press note:

ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 7.1 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): With its night of Winter Finales, ABC was up for the 2nd week on Thursday in Adults 18-49 (+10%) to deliver a 6-week high on the evening – since 10/31/13.  In Adults 18-49, ABC’s Scandal finished as the #2 TV series of the night for its 5th straight telecast, trailing only CBS’ top-rated The Big Bang Theory.  In addition, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy once again finished as Thursday’s Top 2 dramas with young adults.  The Net was up over the year-ago Thursday by 5% in Adults 18-49 (2.1/6 on 12/13/12).


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (8-9pm – 3.5 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49):  During the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland grew week to week in Total Viewers (+9%) and held steady in Adults 18-49.


Grey’s Anatomy (9-10pm - 8.5 million and 2.7/8 in AD18-49):  Tripling its lead-in at 9pm, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy beat out its nearest competition in the hour by 29% (The Crazy Ones/Two and a Half Men = 2.1/6).  Grey’s surged week to week by 20% in Total Viewers and by 17% in Adults 18-49 to equal its best young adult number in 7 weeks – since 10/24/13.  In addition, the ABC drama topped its year-ago Winter Finale by 4% in Total Viewers (8.2 million on 12/13/12).


Scandal (10-11pm – 9.3 million and 3.2/9 in AD18-49):  Building on its Grey’s lead-in by 19% at 10pm, ABC’s Scandal beat its combined drama competition in the hour by 6% (3.2/9 – 3.0/9 for CBS’ Elementary and NBC’s Parenthood).  Growing to week in viewers (+12%) and up for the 2nd week in Adults 18-49 (+7%), Scandal earned 2-month highs on both measures – since 10/17/13.  In addition the show scored its 2nd-highest-ever Adult 18-34 rating.


  • Scandal spiked over its year-ago Winter Finale (7.1 million and 2.4/7 on 12/13/12) in Total Viewers (+31%) and Adults 18-49 (+33%).  On average, Scandal has shot up 63% over the same point last year in Adults 18-49, making it TV’s fastest-growing returning series this season and ABC’s highest-rated show in the time slot since Lost during the 2007-08 season.


  • Season to date in the C3 Adult 18-49 ratings, ABC’s Scandal (3.56 rating) leads NBC’s Blacklist (3.55 rating) as the season’s #1 broadcast drama in the key advertiser measure.


  • tea

    Yay Grey’s Anatomy

  • Shawn


  • Tomcatt630

    Winter Finales are a good idea. Cable does it, breaking up seasons, just promote when they re-start. And no frigging reruns thrown in!

    Much better then the old practice of dragging out seasons by haphazardly scheduling new episodes and reruns in no logical order. Expecting viewers to watch reruns when they want fresh shows!

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