'Scandal' ratings top Halloween as most shows fall

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ABC’s Scandal easily dominated Thursday night in the ratings while most shows suffered declines thanks to the Halloween holiday.

Scandal matched last week’s season-low performance with 9.2 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, even with its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in slipping 7 percent to tie its all-time low.

The only other broadcast shows that maintained last week’s performance level were NBC’s Parenthood and The CW’s Reign, of all things, with NBC’s new comedy Sean Saves the World rising a tad thanks to having a much bigger lead-in this week from a Halloween-themed SNL special. The ratings bump wore off by the time The Michael J. Fox Show aired, with Fox’s show slipping a notch.

But this wouldn’t be a Halloween ratings report without a horror story. You want to see something really scary? Look at The X Factor‘s ratings. Even for a mere clip-show episode airing on a holiday, last night’s number was downright shocking.

Returning to Thursday night after weeks of baseball preemption — another factor in the show’s drop-off — Fox’s singing competition series had only 3.2 million viewers and a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 for its “Meet the Top 12″ non-competition episode. Factor tied The CW’s Vampire Diaries (which was down too) and was resoundingly beaten by ABC’s annual telecast of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. NBC’s Halloween-themed SNL special — which is also a clip show — delivered more than double Factor‘s rating. Again, this wasn’t a “normal” X Factor episode, but still: Just seeing that “0.8” next to a non-repeat of Factor is pretty dramatic. Factor fell to a series-low 1.5 rating earlier this week against NBC’s The Voice, and this is nearly half that number.

Apparently, nobody really was all that excited about meeting the top 12. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  ADULT DEMO RATING TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P X-FACTOR- 0.8 3,248
9-10P GLEE- R 0.6 1,958
ABC 8-9P GRT PUMPKIN- RS 2.2 6,957
9-10P GREY ANATOMY- 2.6 8,881
10-11P SCANDAL- 2.9 9,227
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- R 2.5 11,563
8:30P MILLERS- 2.0 9,568
9:00P CRAZY ONES- 1.9 8,061
9:30P BIG BNG– RS 2.0 8,392
10-11P ELEMENTARY- 1.7 9,348
NBC 8-9P SNL HALLOWEEN S 1.7 5,514
9:00P SEAN-WORLD- 1.2 4,109
9:30P MJ FOX SHW- 1.1 3,615
10-11P PARENTHOOD- 1.3 3,966
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DIARIES- 0.8 2,108
9-10P REIGN-CW 0.6 1,590

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