Parenthood has always been a quiet show but the underrated family drama made some noise in its series finale last night, which delivered a 1.7 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall at 10 PM. That was up +31% from last week in 18-49 and +24% in viewers (+31% in 18-49 and +37% in viewers from last season’s finale) to generate the series’ best ever Thursday results, its biggest overall audience since Dec. 11, 2012, Tuesday, and its highest 18-49 rating since its season finale on Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013.
Against increased competition from the return of the ABC Thursday dramas and an original Big Bang Theory, the two-hour season finale of The Biggest Loser (1.4) was +17% from last week but -36% from last season’s finale, which aired on Tuesday.
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ABC’s Shondaland Thursday lineup returned from hiatus in fine form as it prepares to take on the new Thursday drama competition on NBC next week. With a big cliffhanger to resolve, Scandal (3.6) led the pack, up +16% from its fall finale on Nov. 20. Also up in its return was veteran Grey’s Anatomy (2.7, +13%) while rookie How To Get Away With Murder (3.0), which resolved a major mystery in the fall finale, was off by a tenth. ABC won the first night of the February sweep in the demo, while CBS was tops in total viewers.
CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.4, 17 million viewers) was down a tenth from the fast national for its most recent original on Jan. 8 and was once again the top program of the night in 18-49 and viewers. Mom (2.8) was up +17% from last week when it followed a Big Bang repeat. Two and a Half Men (2.3) was up a tenth from last week while The McCarthys (1.6) was up a tenth from its last outing two weeks ago. With The McCarthys as a lead-in vs. a Big Bang repeat last week, Elementary (1.3) was down -13%.
It was a rude awakening for Fox’s lineup of American Idol (2.2) and Backstrom (1.4) against stronger competition. The veteran singing competition was down -19% from last week, while the rookie drama dropped a steep -26% in Week 2 and is yet to face the other established drama in the Thursday 9 PM hour, NBC’s The Blacklist.
The CW’s The Vampire Diaries (0.7) was down -13% from last week to tie series low in Live+same day; Reign (0.4) was flat.
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