TV Ratings Report: NBC Bombs, Scandal Stays Strong

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NBC did not get Slapped in the ratings game on Thursday.

It got downright knocked out.

Limited series The Slap debuted to a soft 5.1 million total viewers, while Allegiance fell even farther from a dismal debut with 3.6 million. The Blacklist, meanwhile, lost 21 percent of its total audience from last week’s first-ever Thursday installment.

On ABC, Scandal Season 4 Episode 12 totaled 9.3 million households and retook its spot as the most-watched scripted drama; while Grey’s Anatomy (7.7 million/2.3 rating among 18-49-year olds) and How to Get Away with Murder (8.4 million/2.7) held firm.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 14 elicited many tears, but no ratings bump; while Reign also remained steady.

On CBS, Mom lost one-quarter of its young adult audience without a new Big Bang Theory episode lead-in; while Two and a Half Men and Elementary also slipped.

On FOX, American Idol (9.5 million/2.3) dipped a tenth week-to-week; while Backstrom (4.4 million/1.3) went up 22 and 30 percent in Week 3.

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