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.
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.