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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal’ Season-Enders Lead ABC to Thursday Victory

'MasterChef' on Fox and 'Supernatural' on The CW Also Conclude for the Season

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 4.5/ 8, CBS: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.1/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +19, ABC: +10, NBC: no change, CW: – 8, CBS: -22

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC led this final Thursday of the traditional TV season in the household overnights with its season-ending combination of “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1 for the evening: 5.6 rating/10 at 8 p.m.) and a two-hour edition of “Scandal” (#1: 4.0/ 7 from 9-11 p.m.). As announced earlier this week at ABC’s upfront presentation, “Scandal” will be concluding next season.

There two three other season-finales last night: NBC’s “The Blacklist” (#2: 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m.), which moves to Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET (into “Law & Order: SVU”) next season, a two-hour edition of “MasterChef” on Fox (#4: 2.5/ 4 from 8-10 p.m.), and “Supernatural” on The CW (#5: 1.1/ 2 at 9 p.m.). An 8 p.m. edition of “Supernatural” scored an equivalent 1.1/ 2 at 8 p.m., while a 9 p.m. installment of “The Blacklist” averaged a second-place 3.3/ 6.

Next fall, “Supernatural” will lead into relocated “Arrow” in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour.

Elsewhere, encore telecasts of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (#2: 4.8/ 9 at 8 p.m.) and canceled “The Great Indoors” (#2: 3.3/ 6) led into back to back installments of “The Amazing Race” (9 p.m.: #3, 3.0/ 5; 10 p.m., #3: 2.6/ 5), which will return in 2017-18 in midseason.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, May 18:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy” (season finale): 5.6/10 (#1)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.8/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#3t)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior” (season finale): 2.3/ 4 (#3t)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy” (season finale): 5.6/10 (#1)
CBS – “The Great Indoors” (R): 3.3/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior” (season finale): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (season finale): 4.1/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
NBC –“The Blacklist”: 3.3/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior” (season finale): 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (season finale): 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (season finale): 3.7/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
NBC –“The Blacklist”: 3.2/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior” (season finale): 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (season finale): 1.1/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (season finale): 4.0/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (season finale): 4.0/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.6/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by Marc Berman

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Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  • renamoretti1

    Great example of Pyrrhic victory for ABC…