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Stats Spotlight - Highlights from Wednesday & Thursday - Criminal Minds, POI, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and more

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Here are some ratings highlights from 5 shows on last Wednesday and Thursday nights

Criminal Minds
Wednesday's episode earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and 10.08 million viewers. While this is not a series low rating, it is a series low audience. The previous series low audience was 10.13 million viewers from the previous week's episode, which also set a series low rating, a 2.4. Despite dropping 50,000 viewers on the previous week, Wednesday's episode did manage to earn a 0.1 ratings point increase on the previous week. With one more episode this Wednesday before the 2 part finale the following week, it'll be interesting to see whether there's a slight pickup in ratings and audience, with this season averaging a 2.89 rating and 11.51 million viewers - down on last season's averages of a 3.39 rating and 12.63 million viewers. More data from this season is avaiable on this page

Modern Family
Alongside Criminal Minds on Wednesday night was ABC's Modern Family. The 22nd episode of the season came away with a 3.3 rating and 9.02 million viewers. The rating was enough to ensure the episode didn't equal the lowest rated episode of the season, (episode 18 with a 3.2 rating and 9.09 million viewers) but it did become the episode which holds the season low audience. You have to go back to the freshman season of Modern Family in 2009/2010 to find the last episodes which dropped below 9 million (of which there were several). The season comparison ratings and audience graphs on this page show how close all three previous season finales have rated, but the drop on Wednesday could mean this season's finale won't arrive at the cluster with its predecessors

Person of Interest
Person of Interest wound up its second season on Thursday night. The finale earned a 2.4 rating and 13.16 million viewers. This continues the rather bizarre ratings trends that this season has seen. The final three episodes of the season all earned series low equalling 2.4 ratings, with the finale being the most viewed of the trio, at 13.16 million viewers. The graphs at the bottom of this page, and the quarters breakdown chart, show the unusual trends in Person of Interest's statistics this season

In the 'Guess the Ratings' poll for the finale, just 1.8% of voters correctly guessed that the finale would earn a 2.4 rating, with the vast majority of the votes sitting between 2.6 and 3.0 or higher. I have to say I was amazed and rather disappointed to see no ratings increase whatsoever from the finale. Person of Interest will be back for a third season, which is excellent to hear

Glee
The fourth season finale of Glee ran against Person of Interest on Thursday night. It earned a 2.0 rating and 5.92 million viewers, making it by far the lowest rated finale in the history of the series. See the season comparison graphs here to see the margins between all four finales

In the 'Guess the Ratings' poll, 10.4% of voters correctly picked the 2.0 rating ,with the most popular selection being the 2.7 or above option - showing there's a pretty optimistic group of voters out there. The majority of votes sat between a 2.2 and 2.4, showing voters were hopeful. Glee has been renewed for 2 further seasons though, so no biggie for the fans

Grey's Anatomy
Up against Person of Interest and Glee, Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy garnered a 3.1 rating and 8.97 million viewers. This makes it the best rated episode in the last seven episodes, and the most viewed in the last 4, which is good to see ahead of the finale this week. Last season's penultimate episode earned a 3.5 rating and 9.82 million viewers, while the finale the following week leaped to a 4.1 rating and 11.44 million viewers. While Grey's Anatomy finales are very consistent at jumping above their penultimate episodes, it would be a long shot to bet on a 0.6 ratings point jump for this week's finale. I could very well be wrong, but fans won't be too worried either way thanks to ABC announcing the return of Grey's Anatomy for its tenth season

Scandal
Like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal aired its penultimate episode on Thursday. It obliterated its previous series high ratings and audience records, with a 3.2 rating and 8.87 million viewers. This is a 0.4 point increase on the previous ratings series high 2.8, and an 430,000 viewer increase on the previous series audience high of 8.37 million viewers. The 3.2 rating was enough to eclipse its lead-in Grey's Anatomy's 3.1 rating - the second time in 3 weeks Scandal has managed to do this. For a show that has survived 2 possible cancellation opportunities, it’s a remarkable result, and a renewal for a third season is fantastic news, and shows ABC are committed. I think the odds are very good for seeing this week's finale achieve a 3.0 or greater rating too, and this will be helped by the usual bump in ratings that Grey's Anatomy normally experiences. Have a look at the graphs at the bottom of this page to see the massive ratings increase that occurred mid way through this season

Thanks for reading. What were your ratings highlights from Wednesday & Thursday, or the week in general?? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Jimmy

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