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TV Ratings Thursday: 'Scandal' Finale Soars, 'Community' & 'Parenthood' Finales Up, 'Parks and Recreation', 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'The Crazy Ones' Hit Lows

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April 18th, 2014

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Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC UNI CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.2/7 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.323 5.457 7.369 3.267 2.721 1.529

ABC was number one with adults 18-49, while CBS won with total viewers.

On ABC, Grey's Anatomy garnered a 2.5, down 4 percent from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of Scandal scored a 3.4, up 13 percent from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, matching the show’s midseason finale in December and ranking as the series highest rated season finale. Your predictions were about right.

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen notched a 1.7, up 21 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. American Idol earned a 1.9, up 6 percent from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Surviving Jack earned a series low 1.0, down 17 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, The Crazy Ones earned a 1.6 at 9PM , down 6 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and the series finale scored a series low 1.3 at 9:30PM, down 24 percent percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Fan Excuse Bingo players will note that it was CBS’s only original program last night.

On NBC, the season finale of Community garnered a 1.0, up 11 percent from last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Parks and Recreation scored a series low 0.9, down 10 percent from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of Parenthood earned a 1.3, up 18 percent from last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries scored a series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 13 percent from a 0.8 for its most recent original episode. Reign matched last week’s series low 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 17, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.2/8 9.67
FOX Hell's  Kitchen 1.7/6 4.82
NBC Community - Season Finale 1.0/4 2.90
ABC Grey's Anatomy - R 0.8/3 3.42
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.7/2 1.66
8:30 CBS  The Big Bang Theory - R 2.6/9 10.83
NBC Parks and Recreation 0.9/3 2.39
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.5/8 8.10
FOX American Idol 1.9/6 7.88
CBS The Crazy Ones 1.6/5 6.30
NBC Hollywood Game Night 0.9/3 3.20
CW Reign 0.4/1 1.39
9:30 CBS The Crazy Ones - Season Finale 1.3/4 5.36
FOX Surviving Jack 1.0/3 4.30
10:00 ABC Scandal - Season Finale 3.4/10 10.45
NBC Parenthood - Season Finale 1.3/4 3.69
CBS NCIS - R 1.0/3 6.03

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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," 2.1/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 3.4/8.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/6.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 2.3/7 in metered-market households and a 0.9/5 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

 

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