‘Scandal’ & ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Deliver Blockbuster Ratings

Published: Friday 26th Sep 2014 by Sam
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When it was announced that Shonda Rhimes would “own” ABC’s Thursday night prime-time schedule with a whopping three shows (‘Scandal’, new series ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, and ‘Greys Anatomy’), many lauded praise on the TV writer.

And with the first back-to-back run of the shows having aired last night, the accolades looks set to keep rolling in.

Details below…

Entertainment Weekly reports:

‘How To’, a soapy legal murder mystery starring Viola Davis as a tough defense attorney and law professor delivered a whopping 14 million viewers and a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 at 10 p.m. Murder tied in the adult demo its lead-in—the fourth season return of Rhimes’ hit D.C. soap Scandal (11.9 million, 3.8). In fact, among total viewers, Murderdelivered an even bigger audience than Scandal. While the 11th season premiere of Rhimes’ medical drama Grey’s Anatomy (9.8 million, 3.0) impressively opened the night at 8 p.m. in a time slot that ABC has long struggled to fill. This across-the-board performance is, frankly, pretty incredible.

The actual, undiluted slayage!

We caught both shows last night and each delivered the same cutting edge entertainment that makes Shonda’s shows such engrossing watches. What’s more, for a freshman series, ”Murder’ delivered enough angles to ensure itself ample longevity. Here’s hoping the audience stick with it to ensure it realizes that potential.

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  1. Applause September 26, 2014

    Something on the run tour couldn’t do ki.

    • 2bad2bme September 26, 2014

      we all went to see in person anyway so what does it matter

    • JuJu September 27, 2014

      And it grossed 100 million dollars from 19 shows before the two paris shows.

  2. maurice September 26, 2014

    Who runs Thursday night TV?

    African Americans!!!
    Proud moment

    • SMH September 26, 2014

      Yes! Just like we ran Thursday night TV in the 80’s.

      • maurice September 26, 2014

        with two shows surpassing 10 million mark, shown after each other, by the same african american executive producer?

        bish go stan for your lessor.

  3. BubblePopElectric September 26, 2014

    Slay Queen Shonda, Queen Kerry and Queen Viola! This Is How Black Women Are Changing The Industry!

    On That Note, Shoutout To Queen Octavia As Well. Red Band Society Is An Amazing Show, As Well.

    • Messy September 26, 2014

      GREAT!

      I watched both and HTGAWM gave me what the pilot of Scandal gave me and I’m hoping Pete utilizes Violas supreme acting skills, unlike Shondas failure to pour any depth or development into KW’s character.

    • B September 26, 2014

      “Queen Betsy (Shondas’ right hand), Queen Bellamy Young (Mellie) and Queen rest of the cast except Viola” – If these white tv critics were to tell it.

      Some TV critics have a serious problem with a black lead, championing Tom Mison and the woman who plays his wife above the lead female Nicole Beharie and Mellie (Bellamy Young) over Kerry. I guess these figures show you that people tune in because of the name of the three BLACK women attached to it!!!!

  4. LOL September 26, 2014

    LOL JAY Z’S HOOKER WILL NEVER SEE THOSE KIND OF NUMBERS IN THIS LIFETIME LOL

    • Molly September 26, 2014

      Lol fact

    • CIci September 26, 2014

      u mean rihanna?

      • LOL September 26, 2014

        LOL I MEAN THE HOOKER HE MARRIED BYTCH.

        THE ONE WHO COULDN’T GET ANYBODY TO WATCH HER STRIP SHOW LOL

      • LOL September 26, 2014

        LOL I MEAN THE HOOKER HE MARRIED BYTCH.

        THE ONE WHO COULDN’T GET ANYONE TO WATCH HER STRIP SHOW LOL

  5. NOLIES September 26, 2014

    I just finished watching Scandal at my desk a few minutes ago, and have Murder on my DVR. Congratulations to all. I’m hoping they stay around. This also just shows that with the correct time slot and etc., that sitcoms beat out reality shows. 14 million >>>>>>>>>> 2.8 million

  6. SCHEISSE*RETURNS September 26, 2014

    I thought Scandal was going to have the highest ratings that night! But then again its Season 4 for Scandal and they are getting their highest ratings ever, I supposed How To Get Away With Murder still slated because it came on at 10 PM EST Time! Crayyyy

  7. Mark111 September 26, 2014

    Aww, Beyoncé isn’t among these women in ratings. Poor dat.

    • Molly September 26, 2014

      Kiii Wendy Williams put her on blast saying spongebob movie got more views then on the run flop tour

    • ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) September 26, 2014

      Where did Rihanna fashion show go though?????? Better yet, how were the ratings for that 777 bullsh*t she was a sloppy drunk through??????

  8. VH1access Blog September 26, 2014

    How To Get Away With Murder was really good! and so was Scandal

  9. FutureCIARA September 26, 2014

    HTGAWM is easily becoming my favorite show this Fall season!
    The script is well written, The characters are super cute with great acting skills, The story is sooo juicy even on the first episode, And the Sexxx Scenes were HOT, Given what they were allowed by ABC!!

    I Never seen a episode of Scandal! (I know, dont attack me) But I know this woman Shonda has a great vision for TV and wants to keep our black actors and actresses in the fore-front! I applaud and respect her for that! She has great ideas, and the shows capture everyones attenton!

    These ratings SLAYED!!!!!!!!!!!!! That woman is COINED!

  10. TheDutchessOfCynicism September 26, 2014

    How To Get Away With Murder was so good I completely forgot what took place on Scandal. I literally had to rewatch that episode. Viola Davis is captivating. There was nothing but gut wrenching blows at every corner, fantastic acting & great writing. Side note why is the Queens name swarming on amongst this topic? On The Run was broadcasted through premium cable these shows were transmitted through a network television channel nearly EVERYONE receives. You illogical mules do nothing but reiterate the notion/fact that she is the standard that your incompetent ass favs just can’t simply live up to. Enjoy your weekend.

  11. Blacksista September 27, 2014

    Goes to show there is room for everyone

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