By James Hibberd
March 28, 2014 at 03:43 PM EDT

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: 

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