Thursday TV Ratings: ABC’s Shonda Night Returned Strong with SCANDAL, GREY’S ANATOMY and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

The TV ratings for Thursday, January 29th are in.  Here are some of the highlights: TGIT returned with Grey's Anatomy ticking up to 2.7 and 8.6 million viewers at 8 p.m., while Scandal jumped way up to 3.6 and 10.4 million viewers at 9 p.m. (it left off at 3.1 before the winter hiatus).  How to Get Away with Murder at 10 p.m. had a slight slump, down a tenth to 3.0 with 9.1 million, but it's still kicking ass overall. Fox's new House-esque series Backstrom took a nosedive to 1.4 and 5.3 million viewers, after last week's premiere notched a 1.9 and 7.98 million. The Big Bang Theory blew everyone else out of the water at 8 p.m., though, with a 4.4 rating and 17 million viewers.  Yet, the CBS comedy was actually down from its last episode, which pulled a 4.6. On the CW, The Vampire Diaries slid down to a 0.7 with 1.45 million viewers at 8 p.m., while Reign held steady at 0.4, with 1.04 million viewers (despite low numbers, the CW has no plans to get rid of it, so fans can remain calm). The series finale of Parenthood on NBC finished out with a season high of 1.7 and 5.5 million viewers, jumping up from last week's 1.3 rating.

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January 30, 2015