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TV Ratings Thursday: 'Scandal', 'Community', 'Reign' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Up, 'American Idol' Hits Low

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March 21st, 2014

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Scoreboard ABC FOX UNI CBS NBC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.0/6 1.8/6 1.1/4 1.1/3 1.1/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.2/4 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 6.798 6.830 2.726 3.752 3.467 1.935

ABC was number one with adults 18-49 while FOX was on top with total viewers.

Note:  CBS aired live coverage of the NCAA Tournament. Due to the nature of live sports programming, the ratings are likely to be adjusted in the finals. 

On ABC, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland matched last week's series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy scored a 2.4 up 4 percent from last week's series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal garnered a 2.9 up 4 percent from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 15 percent from a 2.0 for last week’s premiere. In American Idol scored a series low 1.9 down 14 percent from  last week's  2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the first night of the NCAA Tournament earned a preliminary 1.1 down 31 perrcent from last year's preliminary 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. but as noted are likely to be adjusted in the final ratings, and only cover the primetime portion of the telecasts. We'll have the final ratings for the CBS games, as well as most (if not all) of the NCAA games on cable in our broadcast and cable final ratings posts due between 4-5pm Eastern today.

On NBC, Community notched a 1.1 up 10 percent from last week’s series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation matched last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Parenthood matched last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, even with its most recent new episode on March 6 . Reign notched a 0.7 up 40 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, March 20, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Hell's Kitchen 1.7/6 5.30
CBS 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament (8-11PM) - Live 1.1/4 3.75
NBC Community 1.1/4 3.46
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0/3 2.24
ABC Once Upon A Time In Wonderland 0.8/3 3.50
8:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.2/4 3.09
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.4/7 7.97
FOX American Idol 1.9/6 8.37
NBC Hollywood Game Night - R 0.9/3 2.95
CW Reign 0.7/2 1.64
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.9/9 8.92
NBC Parenthood 1.2/4 4.18

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Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 3.4/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.2/4 with an encore delayed by basketball; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/7.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “Tonight,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore delayed by basketball; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.7/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.7/3 with an encore delayed by basketball).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore delayed by basketball).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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