In a rare move for the fast-moving Scandal (1.3/5), a series regular met her end last night in the show’s 101st episode. That wasn’t the only flashpoint for the show, which was even in the ratings with its final numbers of last week.
In even more infrequent occurrence, and facing NBA playoff action on cable, the 9 PM DC-set drama from Shonda Rhimes was the top-rated original of Thursday night and tied a The Big Bang Theory encore to top the night overall in the key demo; last night’s Scandal saw a repeat of Season 1’s sixth episode as its lead-in. ABC’s night ended with The Catch (0.6/2), which was down a tenth in the demo from its April 13 episode to series low.
Back for the first time since February 23, NBC’s The Blacklist returned with a double shot and plenty of backstory, but neitherseemed to help the James Spader-led show. Far behind slot rival Scandal and matched by a special 9 PM The Amazing Race (0.9/4), the first Blacklist last night was even with the 0.9/4 series low of its last original. With a 0.8/3 at 10 PM, the second Blacklist actually stumbled to a new series low for the series, in its fourth season. That latter demo result matched a 10 PM Amazing Race, which was even with its April 13 episode.
In no small part thanks to that BBT repeat, CBS won the night in 18-49s with a 1.0/4 rating. It was a squeaker though, with NBC, ABC and Fox close behind and in a pack with a 0.8/3 each in the demo. The House of Moonves won Thursday in total viewership with 5.08 million watching, almost 1 million more than second-place NBC.
Fox’s MasterChef Junior (1.0/4) was up a tenth from last week, while Kicking And Screaming (0.6/2) was the same as its April 13 broadcast. NBC started its night with a new Superstore (0.9/4) and Powerless (0.6/3), with the former up 13% from its last original of two weeks ago and the latter even with last week.
The CW had the HIZI: Fight For The Crown (0.2/1) special on last night at 9 PM, down a tenth from last week’s Riverdale in the slot.