There was no Scandal on last night, but there was a lot of Shonda Rhimes nonetheless. In a Throwback Thursday move and in recognition of the show’s 10-year run, ABC went for a double shot of Grey’s Anatomy in primetime. While it was a bit off from the series’ March 27, 2005, debut, last night saw the GA pilot in the show’s usual 8 PM spot, which got a 1.1/4 and came second in the slot. Then, fast-forwarding 238 episodes, there was a new Season 11 Grey’s in the 9 PM Scandal slot.
Being Grey’s, there were bumpy relationships, a wife’s cutting revenge on a cheater and a missing hubby in the “Crazy Love” broadcast. With a 2.1/7 rating among adults 18-49, the show saw a 10% rise over the series low of its April 2 broadcast at 8 PM. In early numbers, Grey’s also held even with what that other Shondaland show got at 9 PM last week. ABC closed out the night with the sixth episode of the 11-episode limited series American Crime (0.9/3). Unlike Grey’s, the John Ridley-created series took a tumble, falling 18% from last week.
No big surprise that The Big Bang Theory (3.4/13) was both the highest rated and, with 14.64 million tuning in, the most watched show of Thursday night. Even with its season-low April 2 show, BBT’s heft still gave CBS the demo and total viewership wins on Thursday with a 2.0/7 and an audience of 9.28 million. BBT lead-out The Odd Couple (2.1/7) saw an 11% rise over last week, while both Mom (2.0/7) and Elementary (1.2/4) were even with their April 2 shows.
Moved from 8 PM to 10 PM now that The Slap is over, NBC’s Dateline (1.2/4) dipped 8% from last week. The newsmag was the net’s only original of the night. On Fox, Bones (1.0/4) slipped 9% to a series low in preliminary numbers. At 9 PM, Backstrom (0.8/3) was even with last week’s key demo result.