Scandal February 5 2015

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/9 2.4/8 1.7/5 1.5/5 1.2/4 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/9 1.3/5 1.1/5 0.7/5 1.0/5 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.756 10.310 6.567 6.652 3.015 1.329

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

On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy earned a series low 2.2, down 21 percent from last week’s 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal scored a 3.1 down 14 percent from last week’s 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. How to Get Away with Murder tied is series low with a 2.7 down 13 percent from last week’s 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory matched last week’s 4.5 adults 18-49 rating. Mom matched last week’s 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men matched last week’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Elementary notched a 1.5, up 15 percent from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, American Idol notched a 2.4, up 9 percent from last Thursday’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Backstrom garnered a 1.0, down 29 percent from last week’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the timeslot premiere of The Blacklist earned a 2.3, down 8 percent from a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating for its midseason finale. Though it tied its series low, it was NBC’s highest rated Thursday drama since Southland in 2009 and improved the network’s average in the timeslot by 130 percent. Your predictions were too optimistic. The series premiere of Allegiance scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 31 percent from a 1.6 for the premiere of Hannibal in spring 20123.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 0.8 up 14 percent from last week’s 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Reign matched last week’s 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 5, 2015 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.5/15 16.83
FOX American Idol 2.4/8 9.50
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 2.2/7 7.88
NBC The Blacklist – R 1.0/3 5.08
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.8/3 1.67
8:30 CBS Mom 2.8/9 11.78
9:00 ABC Scandal 3.1/9 9.53
NBC The Blacklist 2.3/7 9.95
0:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 2.3/7 9.41
FOX Backstrom 1.0/3 3.63
CW Reign 0.4/1 1.00
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory – R 1.9/6 8.19
10:00 ABC How To Get Away With Murder 2.7/9 8.32
CBS Elementary 1.5/5 7.83
NBC Allegiance – Series Premiere 1.1/3 4.93

via NBC press note:–

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:


  • For its four nights of special telecasts originating from Los Angeles, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has generated an increase of +27% versus its quarter-to-date average for Monday-through-Thursday ratings in metered-market households and a gain of +40% in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • For its Monday-through-Thursday L.A. telecasts, “The Tonight Show” from L.A. has averaged a 3.3 rating, 9 share in metered-market households, up from a 2.6 average for Monday-through-Thursday results thus far in the year’s first quarter.  In 18-49 in the Local People Meters, “Tonight” averaged a 1.4 rating, up from a quarter-to-date average of a 1.0.
  • In metered-market households, “Tonight” this week has delivered its top Monday-through-Thursday result in more than 11 months, since the week of March 17, 2014, Fallon’s fifth week hosting the show (3.3 from Monday through Thursday) and equaled its high since the week of March 10, 2014 (3.4).  In the LPMs, “Tonight” delivered its top Monday-to-Thursday average since the week of March 10, 2014 (1.4) and matched its high since the week of Feb. 24, 2014 (1.7 for Fallon’s second week as “Tonight” host).
  • According to “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research, last night’s “ Tonight” delivered the show’s highest metered-market household rating for a Thursday (3.4/9) in 10 months (since March 20, 2014, 3.4) and equaled “Tonight’s” top Thursday since Feb. 27, 2014, during Fallon’s second week as host.  Last night’s telecast is tied for the third-highest rating yet for a Thursday Fallon-hosted “Tonight” in metered-market households.
  • In adults 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters, last night’s edition scored the top Thursday “Tonight” rating (1.4/7) since Thanksgiving, the night of a high-rated NFL overrun.  Excluding nights of NFL or Olympic overruns, last night’s 1.4 ties the highest 18-49 rating yet in the LPMs for a Fallon-hosted Thursday “Tonight.”
  • Thursday’s show featured Will Smith, Rosamund Pike and musical guest Jack White.  Note that Friday’s “Tonight” will be an encore of the Jan. 19 telecast, with guests Jennifer Lopez, Anthony Mackie and Iliza Shlesinger
  • Earlier in the week:
  • Wednesday’s “Tonight” generated the highest 18-49 rating in the LPMs (1.5) for a Wednesday “Tonight” since Feb. 26, 2014.
  • On Tuesday, it was “Tonight’s” highest metered-market household result on a Tuesday (3.6) since Feb. 25, 2014, during Fallon’s second week as host, and a tie for the top Tuesday in 18-49 in the LPMs (1.5) since that same date.
  • On Feb. 2, “Tonight” equaled “Tonight’s” highest 18-49 rating in the LPMs (1.3) for a Monday telecast since March 24, 2014.
In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:
  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 3.4/9; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.4/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.4/7; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.9/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.6/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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