Returning strong last week after a long winter break, both ABC’s Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy took a hit last night. Back for the second week since its break, the Shonda Rhimes produced political intrigue series drew a 2.8/8 among adults 18-49 last night. That’s a sharp 18% drop from last week’s results. The Washington D.C.-based show was led in by Rhimes’ Seattle-based Grey’s, which also had returned on February 27. The medical drama pulled a 2.6/7 in the key demo – a 16% slide from last week. ABC started the night with the return of another show that had taken a long hiatus. Back with its first new show since December 12, 2013, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.8/3) was even with that last original. That left the fantasy-drama tying a series low.
Over on CBS, it was week 2 of the network’s tweaked Thursday comedy lineup and looks like change is still good – especially if you’re a certain two men In its new 9 PM home, Two And A Half Men (2.7/8) rose 8% from its February 27 debut in the slot while Robin Williams-driven freshman The Crazy Ones (1.7/5) took an 11% fall at 9:30 PM from last week. Still last night’s results in both the demo and in viewership (10.45 million) were the best Two And A Half Men has done since its September 26, 2013 Season 11 debut – which had a 2.9 rating and 11.59 million watching. Thursday was also the first time the half-hour comedy beat out time slot rival Grey’s among adult 18-49. Of course, the real heavyweight of the night was, unsurprisingly, The Big Bang Theory. As usual, the science geek sitcom was the top-rated show of the night with a 5.2/17, a slight 4% rise over last week, and the most watched show of the night with a whopping 17.91 million watching. Lead-out The Millers (3.0/9) saw an even better demo rise than BBT, going up 11% from last week. Its lead-in of Crazy Ones was down but Elementary did seem to finally benefit from CBS’ comedy changes. With a 1.7/5, the Sherlock Holmes modernization and CBS’ sole drama of the night was up 11% over last week
CBS won the night among the 18-49s with a 2.7/ rating and among total viewers with an audience of 10.69 million
In last night’s 1-hour results show American Idol sent Emily Piriz home as this season’s would-be Idols were trimmed down to 11 finalists. With a 2.2/7 rating, the evening also saw Idol’s demo draw trimmed a slice down from the 2.3 of last week to hit an all-time Thursday low for the third week in a row. Unlike past weeks, the certain to be cancelled freshman Rake (0.8/2) did not fall last night but was even with last week.
NBC had a better Thursday last night than last week, which couldn’t have hurt. While 9 PM’s Hollywood Game Night (1.1/3) slipped 8% from its February 27 show, the rest of the network’s prime held steady or bopped up a bit. Community (1.0/3) was even with last week’s season-low match while its 8:30 PM lead-out Parks & Recreation (1.2/4) went up 9% from last week’s season low tie. Coming off a season low last week, Parenthood got a 1.2/4 in the demo for a 9% rise over its February 27 airing.
There were two verisions of the CW’s Reign you could watch last night. There was a steamy sex scene version you could see online and there was a cleaner cut on TV. Either way, sex was selling last night because Reign was up a surging 40% from last week’s series low for a 0.7/2 among adults 18-49. Reign‘s 8 PM lead-in The Vampire Diaries didn’t have quite as good a night, but an 11% rise to 1.0/3 from last week’s series low is nothing to not want to take a bite out of.
Deadline's Dominic Patten - tip him here.