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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