Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thursday ratings: 'Scandal' rises, sitcoms set

The four new shows last night were overshadowed by Olivia Pope

Thursday ratings: ‘Scandal’ rises, sitcoms set

This publicity image released by ABC shows Kerry Washington is in scene from "Scandal." (AP Photo/ABC, Danny Feld)
This publicity image released by ABC shows Kerry Washington is in scene from "Scandal." (AP Photo/ABC, Danny Feld) AP

Kerry Washington broke out the power strut last night and America flocked to see it. Girl can rock a trench coat!

The third season debut of Scandal, with Washington as Beltway fixer Olivia Pope, set new marks for the ABC show with 10.5 million viewers. Fed by delirious word of mouth, the show had risen all last season, peaking with 9.1 million for the May finale.

ABC smartly lashed together a recap show, Scandal: The Secret Is Out that aired at 8 p.m.. No wonder I always had trouble following the plot as a casual viewer. These people have been up to some crazy stuff.

The Millers fared the best by far of the four shows that debuted last night, with 13.2 million. That’s considerably less than The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams did in the same time slot last week, but it goes to prove how helpful it is to have The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in.

Without that shelter, The Crazy Ones dropped to 11.8 million last night, with a 26 per cent decline in 18-49 year old viewers.

NBC would swap for any of those numbers in a heartbeat. Welcome to the Family debuted with 3.3 million viewers and an anemic 1.2 rating. That poor showing made it the lowest rated fall comedy premiere in NBC’s history. Unfortunately that record was a week old, set by The Michael J. Fox Show, which fell an additional 15 per cent in its second week.

Sean Hayes’ comedy, Sean Saves the World notched 4.9 million viewers and a 1.6 rating. So Sean couldn’t even be counted on to save the night.

Over on the CW, The Vampire Diaries’ spinoff, The Originals bowed with 2.1 million viewers and a .9 rating. That’s a 25 per cent decline from what Beauty and the Beast accomplished last year.

 The biggest loser last night was Glee which continues to nose dive. Last night it earned a 1.6 rating with 4.5 million viewers. That’s a 20 per cent drop from just last week. Will its audience return next week to see “Quarterback”, the tribute to Cory Monteith? Don’t hold your breath, New Directions.




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