The season finale of Shondaland’s How To Get Away With Murder on ABC, while earning its best numbers since its midseason return, slid compared to last year’s wrapper. Fox’s final season of American Idol (1.7, 8.1 million viewers) continues to slip in the demo (1.7), though collecting the night’s biggest overall crowd.
At 8 PM, Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy (2.1, 7.89M viewers) was the night’s No. 1 ranked show in the demo, and logged its biggest total viewer tally since its mid-season start, despite this week’s annual Daylight Savings Start assault on the first hour of primetime. Meanwhile, with The Big Bang Theory sent to the locker room by NCAA basketball, CBS scored a third-placed 1.2 and 4.1M viewers in the hour, behind Idol’s first hour (1.6). ABC’s doc drama dominated in the demo, but Fox’s singing competition edged out Grey’s in overall viewers (7.9M). NBC’s You, Me and the Apocalypse (0.6, 2.8M) brought up the rear among Big 4 broadcasters, besting CW’s DC Legends of Tomorrow repeat (0.4, 1.3M).
At 9 PM, ABC’s Scandal was up for its second telecast in total viewers, 6.5 million vs. 6.0 million, and flat compared to week-ago initial stats in the demo (1.6), while Idol inched up to a timeslot-taking 1.7 and 8.3M viewers. CW’s The 100 repeat tallied 0.2 demo rating and 851K viewers.
At 10 PM, the second season finale of How to Get Away with Murder (1.4, 5.5M) grew for the a second week in total viewers and finished flat in the demo, though down by double digits compared to its Season 1 so-long a year ago. Meanwhile, NBC’s Shades of Blue (1.0, 5M) built by 100% on its The Blacklist rerun (0.5, 2.7M) and maintained 100% of its week-ago stats in the demo while hitting a four week high in overall audience, despite the NCAA-palooza on CBS and cable.