With “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and new show “How to Get Away with Murder,” three dramas from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, ABC witnessed over a 30% gain on the night versus its start a year ago. ABC averaged a 3.5 rating/11 share in the Nielsen preliminary 18-49 viewers live-plus-same-day measure, up from a 2.7 rating.
“Grey’s” was down a bit from its season premiere a year ago to a 3.0 average rating/10 share; “Scandal” at 9 p.m. earned a very strong 3.8/11, up a bit from a year ago. New show “Get Away With Murder” also scored a strong 3.8/11 -- retaining, for a new show, a rare 100% of its lead-in programming.
ABC was the lone network trying to make a showing against strong Thursday night leader CBS.
CBS earned a 4.2/13 on the night with its big “Thursday Night Football” game in which New York easily beat Washington. The game itself pulled in a 4.5 rating among 18-49 viewers, up 1.2 of a rating point versus the game a week ago. NBC, Fox and CW did not put up much of a fight. Fox’s “Bones” earned a 1.6/5 at 8 p.m. against heavy competition, while NBC with its “Biggest Loser” -- two-hours worth beginning at 8 p.m. -- was at a 1.3/4; and a repeat of CW’s “The Vampires Diaries,” also at 8 p.m., was at a 0.2/1.
At 9 p.m., a rerun of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” was at 0.7/2; and a new CW “The Originals” earned a 0.2/1. At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Parenthood” saw a 1.4/4.
After CBS and ABC on Thursday night, NBC averaged a 1.3/4 among 18-49 viewers, while Univision scored a 1.2/4 followed by Fox at a 1.1/4 and CW with a 0.2/1.