By James Hibberd
Updated May 10, 2013 at 03:44 PM EDT
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Go Scandal!

ABC’s soap continued its gravity-defying ratings ascent this season, leaping 23 percent this week to its best rating ever.

Scandal had 8.9 million viewers and a 3.2 rating at 10 p.m., easily squashing rivals. In fact, Scandal beat every broadcast show Thursday night except CBS’ comedy block power duo of Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. Scandal is on track to rank as TV’s No. 1 drama for the second time in three weeks. ABC is set to announce its fall schedule next week. I wonder if Scandal will be the show that finally replaces Grey’s as the network’s 9 p.m. anchor on Thursdays?

ABC also had some bad news, though. The season premiere of reality competition Wipeout face-planted at 8 p.m., plummeting 56 percent from last year’s debut. Guess viewers are tired of the Big Balls.

Meanwhile, NBC’s Community finale was up 8 percent this week. We expect NBC to make a decision on a Community renewal by Sunday, and very possibly today. The Office bounced 28 percent to its best rating since November as it ramps up to its finale.

CBS had two season finales: Men was up 6 percent from last week and down 13 percent from last year’s finale. Person of Interest was steady with last week and down 4 percent from last year’s finale.

Full Chart:

ADULT DEMO RANK

ADULTS 18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8-9P

AMERICAN IDOL

#5

2.8

11,199

9-10P

GLEE

#8

2.1

6,083

ABC

8-9P

WIPEOUT

P

#11

1.2

4,325

9-10P

GREY ANATOMY

#4

2.9

8,598

10-11P

SCANDAL

#3

3.2

8,886

CBS

8:00P

BIG BANG

#1

4.6

15,696

8:30P

TWO&HLF MEN

#2

3.4

12,618

9-10P

PERSON-INTEREST

#6

2.4

12,979

10-11P

ELEMENTARY

#9

1.8

9,147

NBC

8:00P

COMMUNITY

#10

1.3

3,141

8:30P

OFFCE 830P

R

#12t

1.1

2,399

9-10P

OFFICE-

#7

2.3

4,408

10-11P

HANNIBAL

#12t

1.1

2,659

CW

8-9P

VAMPIRE

#14

0.9

2,155

9-10P

BEAUTY&BST

#15

0.5

1,293

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