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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

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.


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