NBC's Entire Thursday Lineup Sinks to Season Lows; Soft Premiere for ABC's New Shonda Rhimes Drama TVbytheNumbers

ABC's new drama from "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes premiered to mediocre ratings Thursday night, reports. “Scandal” pulled in a 2.1 average rating in the 18-49 demo, finishing second in its 10 p.m. time period to CBS’s “The Mentalist” (2.4).

That was still better than the results for NBC, which saw season lows for its prime-time lineup, including “Community” (down four-tenths to a 1.3 average in 18-49), “30 Rock” (down three-tenths to a 1.2), “Up All Night” (down two-tenths to a 1.1) and “Awake” (down one-tenth to a 0.9).

CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” was down too, but still led all shows with a 4.2 average in 18-49, while “American Idol” plunged six-tenths of a ratings point to a 3.8 average, still good enough to help Fox eke out a narrow win for prime time.

Fox finished with a 3.0 average rating for the night in the 18-49 demo, ahead of CBS (2.9), ABC (2.1), Univision (1.5) and NBC (1.1). CBS won total viewers with 12.3 million, followed by Fox (10.6 million), ABC (7.6 million), Univision (3.6 million) and NBC (2.7 million).