“Scandal” remains red hot

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Crazy Ones decline; NBC Thursday sitcom block flops

Judging by all the viewing parties held nationwide for this show (yours truly even got an invitation to one,) you’d think Scandal would be the hottest thing since the advent of the pancake.

You’d be right.

Scandal skyrocketed in popularity over the past year thanks in part to social media, Netflix, and of course, the ol’ water cooler buzz. Thursday’s highly anticipated season premiere did not disappoint, with a 3.6 adult demo (18-49) rating in the final hour of prime-time, beating the combined scores of CBS’ Elementary (2.0) and NBC’s Parenthood (1.6) nearly combined.

This is how a hit show is created and marketed, folks.

Elsewhere Thursday, The Big Bang Theory continued to dominate with a 5.2 adult demo rating and 18.2 million viewers, easily beating NBC’s Parks and Recreation’s 1.2 rating and 3.1 million viewers. Thursday’s episode of Big Bang had to be one of the worst in recent memory, with a inane scavenger hunt plot (is this still 1986?) And since when Raj became more annoying than Sheldon? Finally, Meg Griffin has a love match… One of the characters on the show was right – this didn’t make any sense – and neither did this episode.

Next was the premiere of The Millers, which earned a 3.3 rating, easily beating the DOA arrival of Welcome To The Family, which achieved a 1.1 rating. Surprised Family received bad reviews; the series had a 46 Metacritic rating.

Rounding out the hour were Fox’s X Factor (2.0), a Scandal clip show (1.6), and the season premiere of CW’s The Vampire Diaries (1.2, which beat NBC’s sitcoms for the hour.)

Next hour: CBS’ Crazy Ones declined 25 percent week-to-week with a 2.9, but beat the premiere of poorly-reviewed NBC’s Sean Saves The World (1.4). CBS followed Robin Williams and Co. with the needs-to-retire Two And A Half Men, with a 2.4, besting The Michael J. Fox Show’s 1.7, scoring a 21 percent increase from its lead-in.

ABC beat all sitcoms with a 3.1 for Grey’s Anatomy. Fox’s Glee on the other hand, notched a series-low 1.8. The premiere of Vampire Diaries‘ spinoff Originals on CW trailed with a 0.9, but scored a 1.3 in its key 18-34 female demo.

This coming Thursday night will be a major test for the broadcast networks as NFL’s Thursday Night Football features the New York Giants vs. the Chicago Bears – two teams with large fan bases from two of the three largest markets in the country. The game airs this Thursday on the NFL Network and locally over WPWR-TV (the Giants game is airing over WPIX in New York.)

Last Thursday night’s Bills-Browns game drew a 2.8 adult demo rating and 6.7 million viewers; a MLB divisional playoff game drew a 1.1 and 3.5 million viewers.

Wednesday

Despite poor reviews, the premiere of ABC’s Super Fun Night earned a 3.3 rating, finishing first in its time slot, out of Modern Family. Believe me ,this number will not hold.

Survivor scored a season-high 2.6 rating for Blood and Water, which saw Jeff Probst really take a hatchet to Colton Cumbie, who quit the series out of the blue. Probst went on record saying he was against Colton being cast in the show again, because he allegedly “faked” his injury, causing him to leave Survivor: One World early.

Given this is reality TV, what is “real” and “fake” anymore?

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