TV Ratings Report: Happy Returns for Grey's Anatomy, Scandal

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ABC fans celebrated the long-awaited returns of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal last night by turning out in droves, garnering ratings for each series well above their season averages.

Both drew 9.3 million viewers.

Elsewhere, CBS enjoyed a strong overall evening, while Community and American Idol dropped and The Vampire Diaries fell to under 2 million total viewers...

Taken Aback by Alex

8 p.m.
American Idol: 9.8 million viewers
The Vampire Diaries: 1.9 million
Community: 2.6 million/Parks and Recreation: 2.4 million
The Big Bang Theory: 17.5 million/The Millers: 11.2 million

9 p.m.
Grey's Anatomy: 9.3 million
Rake: 3.4 million
Reign: 1.3 million
Two and a Half Men: 10 million/The Crazy Ones: 7.4 million

10 p.m.
Elementary: 8.5 million
Scandal: 9.2 million
Parenthood: 3.5 million

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