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TV ratings: 'Scandal' wins Thursday,'Surviving Jack' opens soft

TV ratings: 'Scandal' wins Thursday,'Surviving Jack' opens soft
Jack (Christopher Meloni) has a man-to-man conversation with his son, Frankie (Connor Buckley) in Fox's "Surviving Jack." (Beth Dubber / Fox)

ABC's beltway drama "Scandal" was Thursday night's highest-rated show while Fox's new comedy "Surviving Jack" got off to a slow start, according to early numbers from Nielsen. 

"Scandal" drew 8.8 million viewers overall and a rating of 3.1 among the advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old audience, marking a 7% improvement from last week's episode in the key demographic. The show starring Kerry Washington has enjoyed strong numbers this season, with Thursday's installment up 19% from its comparable year-ago telecast in 18-49. 

"Grey's Anatomy" was the No. 2 show, earning a 2.5 in the demo, while the fairy tale spin-off "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" rose week to week to a still-low 0.9. On average, ABC scored a 2.1 in 18-49, in which a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers, finishing in second place behind NCAA basketball regional semifinals on CBS.

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Preliminary ratings for live sports are often unreliable because they are not adjusted for time zones, but early numbers indicate a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and about 7.8 million viewers overall for the network in prime time.

Fox's new "Surviving Jack," starring Christopher Meloni as an unconventional father in early 1990s Southern California, opened with a 1.3 in the demo and 5.1 million viewers overall, which is not a spectacular start for a show with an "American Idol" lead-in. "Idol" itself earned a 1.9 in 18-49, flat with last week's series low. "Hell's Kitchen" was steady week-to-week at a 1.8. 

NBC had two reruns of "Hollywood Game Night." Thursday's episode of the tear-jerker drama "Parenthood" notched a 1.4 in 18-49, up 8%. 

On the CW, "Vampire Diaries" hit a series low of 0.7, while "Reign" fell to a 0.6. 

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