Ratings: ‘Scandal’ Returns Up Double Digits, But ABC Can’t Top CBS

“American Crime,” though 22 percent higher than last week, is still weighing down ABC Thursdays

CBS won its third straight night outright on Thursday, despite competition from the returning “Scandal,” which rose 14 percent in the key demo. “American Crime” jumped even more on a percentage basis (up 22 percent), but is still weighing ABC Thursdays down.

Univision ended up tying Fox for third in the demo. The CW finished in last place outright, despite airing originals.

CBS was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. earned a 3.7/15 and 14.5 million viewers — both highs on the night. “The Odd Couple” at 8:30 received a 2.2/8 and 9.8 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 posted a 2.2/7 and 9.7 million viewers. Following a rerun, “Elementary” at 10 rose to a 1.4/5 and 7.4 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.9/6 and in viewers with 6.6 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 had a 2.1/8 and 7.6 million viewers. “Scandal” at 9 earned a 2.4/8 and 7.9 million viewers. “American Crime” got a 1.1/4 and 4.4 million viewers.

Fox and Univision tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.9/3. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 4.1 million; Univision was fifth with 2.5 million.

For Fox, “Bones” at 8 got a 1.0/4 and 4.7 million viewers. “Backstrom” received a 0.7/2 and 3.4 million viewers.

NBC was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3, but third in viewers with 4.2 million. Following repeats, “Dateline: Real Blacklists” at 10 had a 1.1/4 and 5.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million. “Vampire Diaries” at 8 posted a 0.6/2 and 1.3 million viewers. “Reign” at 9 got a 0.4/1 and 999,000 total viewers.