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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., April 17) -- Scandal season finale scores big

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ABC’s bragging rights have been minimal this season. But Thursday’s Scandal season-ender gave the network a chance to muscle up.

Scandal easily ranked as prime-time’s most-watched attraction in both total D-FW viewers (319,559) and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (159,579).

A preceding new episode of Grey’s Anatomy also gave ABC control of the 8 p.m. hour with 284,052 viewers and 133,525 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. CBS’ pair of Big Bang Theory repeats had the most total viewers from 7 to 8 p.m., but Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen took the 18-to-49 prize.

NBC’s season and possibly series finale of Parenthood took the bronzes at 9 p.m., beating only CBS’ competing rerun of NCIS. CBS’ double-pronged Season 1 finale of Robin Williams’ The Crazy Ones likewise may have breathed its last with third place finishes from 8 to 9 p.m. (ahead of only NBC’s Hollywood Game Night).

Jimmy Kimmel also profited from Scandal. His late night “Behind the Scandalabra” special routed Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show in both ratings measurements. But Fallon offered a rerun and Kimmel still ran second among 18-to-49-year-olds to Fox4’s competing syndicated combo of Modern Family and TMZ.

In Thursday’s local news derby results, WFAA8 romped to twin wins at 10 p.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 notched another pair of 6 a.m. wins while NBC5 ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and WFAA8 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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