Ratings: ‘Scandal’ Drops 19 Percent, ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Falls Even Further

Both Shondaland dramas hit series lows in the key 18-49 demographic

Last Updated: February 19, 2016 @ 4:53 PM

Maybe these ratings help explain ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee’s exit this week: “Scandal” fell 19 percent in the key 18-49 demographic last night, while “How to Get Away With Murder” dropped 22 percent.

Both shows hit series lows in the main demo, and “HTGAWM” also fell to a new bottom among overall eyeballs.

“Grey’s Anatomy,” which kicks off the broadcast network’s Shondaland Thursdays, lost two-tenths of a ratings point itself. That one dipped to season lows in both main metrics.

If there’s any saving grace for #TGIT, those were still the top three dramas of the night — but that’s admittedly a stretch for some good news.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.0 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 8.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. “American Idol” was the only show on its schedule.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.9/6 and first in viewers with 8.5 million. At 8 p.m. ET, “The Big Bang Theory” earned a 3.7/13 and 14.9 million viewers. At 8:30, “Life in Pieces” posted a 2.1/7 and 9.5 million viewers. At 9, “Mom” had a 1.8/6 and 8.7 million viewers. At 9:30, “2 Broke Girls” got a 1.5/5 and 6.4 million viewers. At 10, “Elementary” received a 1.0/4 and 5.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.8/6 and in viewers with 6.2 million. “Grey’s” at 8 p.m. ET had a 2.2/8 and 7.8 million viewers. “Scandal” at 9 got a 1.7/6 and 6.1 million viewers. “Murder” at 10 received a 1.4/5 and 4.8 million viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.4/5 and fifth in viewers with 3.4 million.

NBC was fifth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and fourth in viewers with 4.6 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 1.1/4 and 5.3 million viewers.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.8 million. “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” at 8 p.m. ET posted a 0.8/3 and 2.3 million viewers. At 9, “The 100” had a 0.5/2 and 1.4 million viewers.

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