TV Ratings Report: Scandal Soars, TVD Drops

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It was a great night for be a political fixer on television Thursday.

But less great to be a member of the undead.

Scandal Season 3 opened with a series high for that ABC drama, as 10.5 million viewers tuned in, while Olivia Pope and her associated pulled a 3.6 rating among 18-49-year olds.

The Originals, conversely, only drew a .9 in the same demographic, which marked a 25 percent drop from Beauty and the Beast in the same timeslot a year ago. The Vampire Diaries was also down 25 percent last October's opener. Here is a full ratings rundown from a very busy evening of new television...

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8 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory: 17.7 million/The Millers: 13.1 million
The X Factor: 7 million
Scandal Clip Show: 5.7 million
Parks and Recreation: 3.4 million/Welcome to the Family: 3.3 million
The Vampire Diaries. 2.5 million

9 p.m.
Grey's Anatomy: 9.3 million
The Crazy Ones: 11.7 million/Two and a Half Men: 9.2 million
Sean Saves the World: 4.9 million
The Michael J. Fox Show: 5.9 million
The Originals: 2.1 million

10 p.m.
Scandal: 10.5 million
Elementary: 9.2 million
Parenthood: 4.8 million

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Originals would have done better if Tivo hadn't been evil. The DVR ignored the season pass and didn't record it. Happened to my friends too. What kind of crazyness caused that to happen, I don't know. I have it manually set up to record the encore tonight but will be standing by to hit record/beat the Tivo into submission... Aren't DVR's supposed to let us ignore the tv until we want to watch it?!?


Sad to see parenthood with such low numbers, it's a shame NBC still gives it a bad time slot how can you compete with scandal and elementary. (Still don't get why elementary is so popular people obviously have not watched Sherlock there's not comparison)