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Shonda Rhimes Night Is a Big Success for ABC. ‘How to Get Away With Murder” Draws 14 Million Viewers Total

Shonda Rhimes Night Is a Big Success for ABC. 'How to Get Away With Murder" Draws 14 Million Viewers Total

Wow! What a night for Shonda Thursday as it’s been labeled apparently! Specifically, the season premiere of her latest contribution to ABC’s primetime lineup, “How to Get Away With Murder,” drew a whopping 14 million viewers total (live+SD), even beating out the other 2 ABC Shonda Rhimes dramas, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” last night, which attracted 9.8 million and 11.9 millions viewers respectively.

A heck of a start for the new Viola Davis starrer, suggesting heavy interest in the series. Now the question is whether it has legs – how many of those 14 million viewers will return for episode 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on. Will it strengthen as the season continues, or will some of you gradually stop watching for one reason or another?

Read Abdul’s recap of last night’s premiere here, and share your thoughts on the episode.

A great night for ABC certainly, because, during every hour (8pm, 9pm, and 10pm), it beat the competition (except for CBS’ Thursday Night Football, which started at 8:30pm).

I expect that relationship (between Rhimes and ABC) to blossom even more. Next, she might create/produce new series for other nights on the network, beyond Thursdays. 

Ratings for the night below. By the way, “Live+SD” means “Live-plus-same-day,” which is the number of people who watched a program either while it was broadcast OR watched via DVR on the same day the program was broadcast.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Grey‘s Anatomy 3.0 10 9.80
CBS Thursday Night Football Kickoff 2.7 10 8.45
FOX Bones 1.6 5 6.20
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 1.3 4 4.50
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.64
8:30PM CBS Thursday Night Football 4.5 14 12.50
9:00PM ABC Scandal 3.8 11 11.90
FOX Sleepy Hollow -R 0.7 2 2.50
CW The Originals 0.2 1 0.57
10:00 PM ABC How to Get Away With Murder 3.8 11 14.00
NBC Parenthood 1.4 4 4.30

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