Thursday TV Ratings: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Opens Big; SCANDAL Returns to Series High

     September 26, 2014


TV ratings for Thursday, September 25th are in and the takeaway is that it’s very good to be Shonda Rhimes right now.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s series premiere of the Rhimes-produced legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder performed excellently, debuting to a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 14 million viewers.  The show is a swell vehicle for star Viola Davis, and carries with it a twisty mystery hook in addition to the procedural aspect.  It was the most-watched show of the night and shared the title of highest-rated program with another Rhimes-produced series…
  • Which would be Scandal, also on ABC.  The buzzy soap returned for its fourth season with a 3.8 rating and 11.9 million viewers, marking series highs in both departments.
  • Rhimes’ other, long-running ABC series Grey’s Anatomy kicked off the night with a 3.0 rating and 9.8 million viewers, which is up from the May finale’s 2.6 rating.
  • Over on NBC, Parenthood kicked off its final season with a 1.4 rating and 4.3 million viewers, up from its last finale’s 1.3 rating.
  • The surprising season premiere of Bones on Fox notched a 1.6 rating and 6.2 million viewers, which was on par with its previous season finale.