Ratings: ABC-Shondaland’s #TGIT Lineup Outpaces ‘Heroes Reborn,’ ‘The Player’

All three returning Shonda Rhimes shows lead in viewers, key demo among non-NFL programming

Last Updated: September 26, 2015 @ 9:32 AM

The returns of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away With Murder” easily bested NBC’s new offerings of “Heroes Reborn” and “The Player” in Thursday night’s ratings.

“Grey’s” got a 2.8 rating/10 share in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic and attracted 9.4 million viewers. “Scandal” scored a 3.2/10 and 10.2 million viewers. And fresh off of Viola Davis‘ historic Emmy win, “How to Get Away With Murder” got a 2.6/9 and 8.4 million viewers

“Heroes Reborn” opened to a 1.9/6 in addition to attracting 6 million viewers. While a solid start, the debut of the original “Heroes” back in 2006 attracted 14.3 million viewers and a 5.9/14. Wesley Snipes-led “The Player” sputtered in its debut, drawing only a 1.2/4 and 4.9 million viewers.

CBS was first for the night thanks to the NFL game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. The game got a 4.3/14 along with 12.9 million viewers in the 8:30 p.m. -11 p.m. time slot. The network finished the night with 4.0/13 and an average of 12.2 million viewers.

The Shondaland #TGIT block from was good enough to carry ABC to second. The network averaged a 2.9/9 for the night and 9.3 million viewers with “Grey’s” airing at 8 p.m. ET, “Scandal” at 9, and “How to Get Away With Murder” at 10.

NBC was third with a 1.7/6 and 5.6 million viewers. “Heroes Reborn” aired its two-hour premiere, followed by “The Player” at 10 p.m.

Fox tied with Telemundo and Univision for fourth place in the key demo with a 0.7/2, airing a rerun of the two hour “Scream Queens” premiere from 8-10pm.

Fox edged out both networks in total viewers, however, averaging 2.06 million viewers versus 2.05 on Univision and 1.8 million on Telemundo.

The CW came in seventh with a 0.3/1 and 959,000 viewers, airing only reruns.