Ratings: ‘Scandal’ Levels Off, ‘HTGAWM’ Rises – But Fox and ‘American Idol’ Top Thursday

CBS was runner-up on night that included GOP debate competition

ABC’s “Scandal” stopped its prior two-week slide and “How to Get Away With Murder” even rose a tenth of a ratings point, but those weren’t enough to overcome Fox’s “American Idol.” They weren’t even enough for second place.

CBS finished runner-up on Thursday, an evening that featured GOP debate competition on CNN and Telemundo.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/7 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Idol” was the only show on the network’s schedule.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.9/6 and in viewers with 8.5 million. At 8 p.m. ET, “The Big Bang Theory” scored a 3.7/13 and 15.7 million viewers. At 8:30, “Life in Pieces” had a 2.2/7 and 9.4 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 posted a 1.8/6 and 8 million viewers. At 9:30, “2 Broke Girls” got a 1.7/5 and 6.6 million viewers. At 10, “Elementary” received a 1.1/4 and 5.8 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.8/6 and in viewers with 6 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. ET had a 2.1/7 and 7.2 million viewers. “Scandal” at 9 got a 1.7/5 and 5.9 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” at 10 received a 1.5/5 and 4.9 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 4.5 million. “You, Me and the Apocalypse” at 8 p.m. ET had a 0.6/2 and 2.6 million viewers. “The Blacklist” at 9 got a 1.3/4 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, “Shades of Blue” received a 1.0/4 and 5 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and sixth in viewers with 1.935 million.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.942 million. At 8 p.m. ET, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” had a 0.9/3 and 2.5 million viewers. At 9, “The 100” got a 0.6/2 and 1.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.2 million.