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'Scandal' ends biggest season ever with highest finale yet

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Scandal Finale

Scandal crushed Thursday rivals with its highest-rated season finale. The closer was up 15 percent from last year to draw its second-largest audience of all time — 10.5 million viewers and a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Overall this season, the soapy drama was up 43 percent in the demo to post its best season ever, at least in the ratings.

As for the rest of the broadcast lineup … well … not so great. The Community finale was down 23 percent from last season and the Parenthood finale was down 28 percent from last season. And CBS’ one-hour Crazy Ones finale was really soft for a CBS comedy, with its second episode hitting a series low — this did not help Robin Williams’ odds for a second-season renewal.

Also: NBC’s Parks & Rec sank under the 1.0 line to hit a series low, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen climbed 21 percent, Idol was up 12 percent, and new comedy Surviving Jack ain’t gonna survive. Full chart:

FOX 8-9P HELL KTCHN- 1.7 4,823
9:00P AM IDOL- 1.9 7,884
9:30P SURVIVING- 1.0 4,297
ABC 8-9P GREYS-THU8- RP 0.8 3,417
9-10P GREY ANTMY- 2.5 8,100
10-11P SCANDAL- 3.4 10,451
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- R 2.2 9,668
8:30P BG BNG-SPC- RS 2.6 10,829
9:00P CRAZY1- S 1.6 6,303
9:30P CRAZY ONES- 1.3 5,362
10-11P NCIS RS 1.0 6,026
NBC 8:00P COMMUNITY- 1.0 2,902
8:30P PARK & REC- 0.9 2,386
9-10P HLLYWD GME- 0.9 3,196
10-11P PARENTHOOD- 1.3 3,961
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DRS 0.7 1,663
9-10P REIGN 0.4 1,394