TV Ratings: 'Vampire Diaries' among finale risers as ABC, CBS split Thursday
A trio of "Big Bang Theory" repeats kept CBS atop the Thursday ratings race overall, while finales for "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" didn't get much of a boost for ABC, but still led the network to victory in the key demo.
Trying to carve out a niche against those ABC and NBC finales, FOX's "Wayward Pines" had a premiere that came in below the fall numbers for the launch of "Gracepoint," though a truer test on this one will come with less competition next week. "Wayward Pines" did equal its "Bones" lead-in in the key demo, something "Gracepoint" couldn't say with a much stronger "Bones" lead-in performance.
Let's get to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.8 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic. CBS was a close second with a 1.6 key demo rating. There was a drop to NBC's 1.1 key demo rating and to the 1.0 key demo rating for FOX. The CW averaged a 0.5 key demo rating for Thursday.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 7.93 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/9 share for Thursday primetime, topping ABC's 6.89 million viewers and 4.8/8. NBC was third with 5.37 million viewers and a 3.6/6, followed by FOX's 2.7/5 and 4.23 million viewers. The CW averaged 1.16 million viewers and a 0.8/1 for the night.
8 p.m. - CBS won the 8 p.m. hour overall and finished second in the key demo with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat (9.57 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo) and the season finale for "The Odd Couple" (8.22 million and a 1.8 key demo). ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" finale was second with 8.25 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "Bones" averaged 4.65 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating, topping the 3.795 million viewers and 0.8 key demo rating for NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat. The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" finale averaged 1.45 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - ABC moved into first in the 9 p.m. hour with 8.12 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 for the "Scandal" finale. [Last season's "Scandal" finale, in April, neared 10.5 million viewers and did a 3.4 key demo rating in Fast Nationals.] NBC's "Blacklist" averaged 7.26 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating for its second finale. [Last year's "Blacklist" finale, boosted by "The Voice," also averaged roughly 10.5 million viewers and did a 2.6 Fast Nationals key demo rating.] The premiere of "Wayward Pines" averaged 3.81 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating for FOX, improving on its "Bones" lead-in in the 18-34 demo. The CW's "Reign" finale averaged 866,000 viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - CBS won the 10 p.m. hour with 6.93 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 for the "Elementary" finale. NBC's "Dateline: The Real Blacklist" averaged 5.045 million viewers to top the 4.31 million for the "American Crime" finale on ABC, while both networks did a 1.0 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.