RATINGS: Fewer People are Watching 'Scandal and 'Blacklist'

ABC's 'Blacklist' season finale ratings are down from last year.

According to reports, few people cared to see what happened to Kerry Washington last night. Variety reports that the season finale of 'Scandal' had only 8.1 million viewers that is down 32% from last year.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s season finales of “Scandal” (2.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) stood as Thursday’s top two series in 18-49. While each was up a tick from last week, they were down 32% and 15% respectively vs. last year’s season-enders. “Grey’s,” for a show in its 11th season and in an earlier timeslot, is still performing admirably, but anchor “Scandal’s” decline this spring and must be sending off some alarm bells at the Alphabet. The shows will return as a combo in the fall, followed by “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Scandal While, NBC's 'The Blacklist' had only 7.3 million viewers which is down 40% in comparison to last year.
Over at NBC, “The Blacklist” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) was up for a second straight week as its wrapped season two. While it has given the network’s Thursday a nice boost — and does very well in DVR playback — “Blacklist” finished down about 40% from last year’s finale (2.6), which aired after “The Voice” on Monday. It nearly doubled its lead-in from a repeat “Law & Order: SVU” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), and was followed at 10 p.m. by “Dateline” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), which was up 0.2 from last week for its best delivery during the May sweep.
Meanwhile, Nina Dobrev's final episode on 'The Vampire Diaries' actually caused the ratings for 'The Vampire Diaries' to increase. What do you think? Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.

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