'Scandal' ratings fall to season low despite Lisa Kudrow

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ABC’s Scandal fell to its lowest rating so far this season on Thursday night despite a visit from Lisa Kudrow, who started a multi-episode arc on the show this week.

Scandal had 8.6 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in the adult demo, down 9 percent from last week. Granted, there was that whole World Series thing happening on Fox. But from looking at the ratings chart, Scandal‘s slippage wasn’t necessarily inevitable. The show’s Grey’s Anatomy lead-in was up 4 percent this week, and neither of Scandal‘s 10 p.m. rivals went down. In fact, CBS’ Elementary was up 20 percent.

Still, ABC points out that Scandal is up 50 percent compared to how the show performance against the World Series last year, and still ranked third for the night in the demo, behind the big game and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

An interesting ratings rise last night: CBS’ Two and a Half Men, which despite its scarily indefatigable reputation, has been showing some serious signs of weakness lately. For its 11th season, Two and a Half Men has demonstrated some worrisome ratings drops, so it was perhaps due for a ratings uptick. Still, the World Series is tough competition, and its audience is presumably pretty compatible with Men fans, so give credit where its due — Men was up 10 percent this week.

Speaking of ratings erosion, Elementary has really seen better days. Sure it went up last night, but the Sherlock Holmes drama has quietly slipped below a 2.0 during its sophomore season, while our attention has been diverted by more colorful ratings fireworks on Thursday nights in recent weeks.

Here’s what else: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland dropped 8 percent. On CBS, Big Bang, Millers and Crazy Ones were all down between 4 and 13 percent to season lows. NBC’s lineup was flat. The CW’s Vampire Diaries slipped and Reign, oh Reign, went down 25 percent from its premiere. Fox’s World Series numbers are approximate.

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-11P (CARDS&RDSOX) S 3.4 12,666
ABC 8-9P ONCE-WNDLD- 1.1 4,337
9-10P GREY ANTMY- 2.8 8,529
10-11P SCANDAL- 3.0 8,645
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- 4.9 16,467
8:30P MILLERS- 2.8 10,878
9:00P CRAZY ONES- 2.3 8,768
9:30P TWO&HLF MN- 2.3 8,424
10-11P ELEMENTARY- 1.8 8,592
NBC 8-9P VOICE RS 1.3 5,242
9:00P SEAN-WORLD- 1.1 4,033
9:30P MJ FOX SHW- 1.2 3,738
10-11P PARENTHOOD- 1.3 3,960
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DRS- 1.1 2,502
9-10P REIGN-CW 0.6 1,840

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