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Parenthood Ratings

In a sluggish night in the ratings, ABC’s Scandal crushed rivals to utterly dominate the field while NBC’s Parenthood is on the rise.

First, the over-the-top D.C. political soap (that would be Scandal) rose 7 percent this week to 8.8 million viewers and a 3.0 rating — the show’s best since its midseason return last month. That dwarfed the show’s lead-in Grey’s Anatomy as well as a half-hour pocket-sized version of Fox’s American Idol.

Speaking of Idol, the veteran music competition series was almost matched in the demo by Hell’s Kitchen — the latest ignominy for the once incredibly popular series. The premiere of Fox’s new comedy series Surviving Jack starring Christopher Meloni won’t survive long based on this debut — 5.1 million viewers and a 1.3 rating. Granted that’s where Brooklyn Nine-Nine ended up this season, but this is a premiere, which is often a show’s best-rated episode of its season.

Over on NBC, Parenthood rose for the second week in a row to hit its best rating in nearly six months, plus its viewership is the show’s best since its season premiere. Not bad for a drama with Hollywood Game Night for a lead-in. Parenthood isn’t officially renewed yet, but we keep hearing it’s coming.

Also Thursday: The CW’s Vampire Diaries abruptly dropped 36 percent to a series low — what’s that about? Spring break? Or are regular viewers of steamy vampire love triangles also huge NCAA fans? Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW

18-49

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8-9P

HELL KTCHN-

1.8

5,246

9:00P

AM IDOL–

P

1.9

7,942

9:30P

SURVIVING-

P

1.3

5,115

ABC

8-9P

ONCE-WNDLD-

0.9

3,296

9-10P

GREY ANTMY-

2.5

8,132

10-11P

SCANDAL-

3.1

8,844

CBS

8-930P

NCAA-CH1TH-

S

2.5

8,157

9:30P

CBS-BRG-PRTH1

S

2.5

7,866

10-11P

NCAA-CH2TH-

S

2.5

7,206

NBC

8-9P

HOLLYWD-

RS

1.2

4,637

9-10P

HLLYWD GME-

R

1.1

3,727

10-11P

PARENTHOOD-

1.4

4,393

CW

8-9P

VAMPIRE DRS-

0.7

1,708

9-10P

REIGN-CW

0.6

1,507

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