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Saturday, April 19, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 4/17/14

ABC 
8:00 Grey's Anatomy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
8:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 The Crazy Ones
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 The Crazy Ones
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

NBC
8:00 Community
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 American Idol
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 Surviving Jack
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0  

It was a night full of season finales on Thursday night and ABC's Scandal easily towered above them all. First up on ABC though, Grey's Anatomy was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 10pm, the season finale of Scandal was up a big 1.4 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. The demo was the best since the midseason premiere while the viewer total is a series high. Scandal is showing no signs of slowing down as it ends its season early due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy. New show Black Box premieres next week and will take the last couple weeks of the season. CBS had the final two episodes of The Crazy Ones. The 9pm episode hit a series low (it followed a repeat but that repeat had better numbers than its usual new lead-in). At 9:30pm, it fell even further. This is probably the final nail in the coffin for this show as CBS soured on it as the season went on. It premiered to 15.5 million viewers and a 3.9 demo and ended with 5.2 million viewers and a 1.3 demo. I'd be surprised if this one came back. New comedy Bad Teacher replaces it for the final couple weeks.

On NBC, the season finale of Community was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The perennial bubble show is firmly there again this year. My gut tells me it will squeak out one final 13 episode season thanks to its creative resurgence this season. At 8:30pm, Parks and Recreation was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a new series low. Its own season finale, featuring Michelle Obama, is next week. At 9pm, Hollywood Game Night was slightly up from last week's repeat. It doesn't seem to matter much in the ratings whether this show is new or a repeat. At 10pm, the season finale of Parenthood was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo despite going against the Scandal finale. I also think this show will squeak out a final season and the rise for the season finale can't hurt. On FOX, Hell's Kitchen was up eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. American Idol was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, and Surviving Jack was even in viewers but down two tenths in the demo for a series low.

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