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TV Ratings: ‘Scandal,’ soft ‘McCarthys’ and ‘Elementary’ premieres pace Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 30, 2014.

“Scandal” led ABC to a Thursday night victory among young viewers, while CBS held on to the overall title despite soft premieres for “The McCarthys” and “Elementary.”

Even “The Big Bang Theory” was lackluster in its return to Thursday, though the boosted lead-in gave “Mom” a relatively high number.

Perhaps viewers were lured away by night-before-Halloween revelries, or maybe by the off-network Thursday Night Football action, but numbers were generally depressed throughout. 

The ugliest numbers were on NBC where “Bad Judge” slipped below The Mulaney Line to a 0.9 key demo rating and “A to Z” fell to a low enough key demo number that it may be time to keep an eye out for cancellation.

On to all of Thursday's ratings…

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.5 rating for Thursday night, edging out CBS' 2.4 rating in the key demographic. NBC and FOX were tied for third with an equally unimpressive 1.0 key demo rating, followed by the 0.6 key demo rating for The CW.

Overall, though, CBS won easily with an estimated 10.68 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/11 share for Thursday primetime. ABC was a distant second with 7.97 million viewers and a 5.2/9. There was a big gap to FOX's 4.43 million viewers and 2.8/5, which was followed closely by NBC's 3.84 million viewers and 2.6/4. The CW averaged 1.43 million viewers and a 1.0/2.

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