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The debut of Shonda Rhimes’ new series “How to Get Away With Murder” drew 14 million viewers to become Thursday night’s most-watched scripted series – beating its lead-in “Scandal” by nearly 2 million.

This gives ABC its second consecutive day of ratings bliss following Wednesday’s strong debut for “Black-ish.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is the first network to have opened two formidable freshman series this premiere week.

Capping off a night of Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas, “Murder” opened with a 3.8 rating, which put it on the same level as “Scandal” among the key demo of adults 18-49. However, “Scandal’s” 3.8 rating was actually an improvement of two-tenths of a point from last fall.

It’s total viewership was just short of 12 million, meaning a significant portion of the audience avoided “Scandal” completely before tuning back in for “Murder” at 10 p.m.”

“Grey’s Anatomy,” even entering its eleventh season, finally gave ABC something solid at 8 p.m. on Thursday. The drama returned with a 3.0 adults rating in the long-troubled time slot and 9.8 million viewers. Altogether, the Rhimes threesome gave ABC its highest-rated Thursday night in five years.

CBS won the night overall with its “Thursday Night Football” game – up from last week’s preliminary numbers by 36 percent, according to Nielsen.

Other new entries included the tenth season of Fox’s “Bones,” with a 1.6 rating in the key demo and 6.2 million viewers for its latest schedule move.

On NBC, “Parenthood” fetched a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 (building on its steady “Biggest Loser” lead-in) and 4.3 million viewers.

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6 thoughts on “‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Ratings Top ABC’s Shondaland Trifecta

  1. I will not be watching this show. I love Ms. Davis she is an incredible actress, and yet the degrading of her character sexually just to be “hip and in” completely ruined it for me. Not to mention the need for the blatant gay sex scene, which was totally disgusting and disturbing…I’m done!

  2. seriously on said:

    Congrats Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Murder…That’s how you answer your haters…with another bad ass show, ratings etc,,,,success is the best revenge…..You nailed it…All I have to say is do not talk to me on Thursday 8-11….I am on Shonda’s time

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