Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Squeaks Out Win on Sleepy Thursday

Meanwhile, the Shondaland TGIT block stays flat on ABC

Last Updated: March 18, 2016 @ 11:15 AM

“American Idol” stayed about even in the ratings week-to-week, but its performance on Thursday was still good enough to secure a win for Fox.

The long-running singing competition series pulled in a 1.7 rating in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic, as well as 8.1 million viewers over two hours. Compared to last week, the show as down by a tenth of a point in the demo but up by a tenth in total viewers.

On ABC, the Shondaland TGIT block stayed about even with last week. “Grey’s Anatomy” stayed flat in the demo with a 2.1 rating but rose in total viewers to 7.9 million.

“Scandal” was up slightly in total viewers with 6.5 million, up from 6 million last week, while remaining even in the demo with a 1.6 rating. The season finale of “How to Get Away with Murder” rose slightly in total viewers as well to 5.4 million–up from 4.8 million–but stayed flat in the demo with a 1.4 rating.

Fox and ABC tied for first place in the demo with a 1.7, though Fox was ahead in total viewers with 8.1 million, airing only “American Idol.”

ABC finished second in total viewers with an average of 6.6 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” aired at 8 p.m., followed by “Scandal” at 9 and “How to Get Away with Murder” at 10.

CBS came in third with a 1.3 rating and 4.7 million viewers, airing only coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament.

NBC tied for fourth in the demo with a 0.7 rating but finished fourth in total viewers with 3.5 million. “You, Me, and the Apocalypse” pulled in a 0.6 rating and 2.8 million viewers at 8. A repeat of “The Blacklist” aired at 9. “Shades of Blue” aired at 10, earning a 1.0 rating and 5 million viewers.

Univision tied for fourth in the demo with a 0.7 rating but fifth in total viewers 1.7 total viewers.

Telemundo came in sixth wth a 0.5 rating and 1.4 million viewers.

The CW came in seventh with a 0.3 rating and 1.1 million viewers, airing only repeats.

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