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Stats Spotlight - Thursday Night - Scandal / The Big Bang Theory set new series records, Last Resort & Grey's Anatomy return stronger

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ABC returned after the Christmas/New Years break with an all new original line-up of its three Thursday shows, and all did pretty well, considering the originals over on CBS also had a superb outing

At 8pm, things were back to normal on ABC with Last Resort returning for the eleventh of its thirteen episodes. It earned a 1.2 18-49 rating and 5.81 million viewers. This is the highest audience the show has had since episode 6, back on November 8, which earned 5.98 million viewers

The Big Bang Theory earned series best figures last week with a 6.1 rating and 19.25 million viewers. It wasn't against any originals from the other networks except FOX's poorly performing Mobbed, but this week, despite the return of Last Resort, and 30 Rock on NBC, The Big Bang Theory smashed its series record again, with a huge 6.4 rating, and exactly 20 million viewers. No doubt there will be some thrilled Big Bangers out there!

Also at 8pm, 30 Rock on NBC earned a 1.5 rating and 3.79 million viewers, and FOX's Mobbed earned a 2.1 rating and 3.23 million viewers. At 8:30pm, Two and a Half Men drew a 4.2 rating and 14.40 million viewers, down on last week's season high 4.5 rating and 15.41 million viewers

9pm saw the return of ABC's Grey's Anatomy to a pleasing result of a 3.2 rating and 9.34 million viewers. This is the highest rating episode for Grey's Anatomy since episode 6 on November 15, (which also earned a 3.2 rating) and the episode with the highest audience since episode 3 on October 18 (it drew 9.69 million viewers).

Alongside Grey's Anatomy was CBS's hit drama Person of Interest. After last week's audience series high and ratings equaling series high 3.4 rating and 16.23 million viewers, this week's episode drew in a 3.3 rating and 15.67 million viewers. Though Person of Interest has earned a 3.3 rating before, this episode earned the second highest audience the series has seen, bearing in mind last weeks episode holds the record for the highest audience.

FOX's Glee doesn't return until January 24, which means the Christmas/New Year break will total 6 weeks. The repeat last night earned a 0.7 rating and 2.02 million viewers. The only other new episodes in this timeslot were on NBC, with The Office, which earned a 2.2 rating and 4.54 million viewers. This led in 1600 Penn at 9:30pm, which earned a 1.6 rating and 3.86 million viewers

10pm saw ABC's Scandal return from its hiatus, with the wellbeing of President Grant still uncertain. Scandal continued its meteoric ratings and audience rise over its last four episodes with a new series record of a 2.8 rating and 8.37 million viewers. The previous ratings record for Scandal stood at 2.5, while its audience record was 7.39 million viewers. This means Scandal added another 0.3 of a ratings point, and almost a million viewers to its previous record, which is very impressive

Also at 10pm, CBS's competitor, freshman series Elementary earned a 2.4 rating and 11.44 million viewers, which is down on last weeks series second best 2.6 rating, but barely down on last weeks series second best audience of 11.48 million viewers. Two shows earning well over the 2.0 ratings mark in the 10pm timeslot is pretty impressive, lets hope it continues

The graphs I'll leave you with this week are this season's ratings and audience graphs for ABC's Scandal. The blue line on these graphs is Scandal's lead-in, Grey's Anatomy For stats, analysis, and graphs of most of the other shows I've talked about, go to my website, www.seriesmonitor.com

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Note the decline of Grey's Anatomy, the lead-in, while Scandal holds steady, then rises

Both Grey's Anatomy (the lead-in) and Scandal dropped audience numbers early but they settled down and Scandal's is steadily increasing

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