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.
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.