Wednesday, June 19, 2024

It’s a Shonda! ABC’s Viola Davis Drama from “Scandal” Producer Beats CBS NFL in Total Viewers


It’s Shonda Rhimes’ world and we just live in it. Last night, ABC scored the most viewers of the night with three back to back shows from Rhimes: “Grey’s Anatomy” had 9.80 million viewers, “Scandal” had 11.9 million and the new “How to Get Away with Murder” had 14 million. If they were all different people, that would be 26 million viewers.

“Murder” brings the great Viola Davis to TV. This is the equivalent of having Meryl Streep or Cate Blanchett lead a series. Meanwhile, Kerry Washington is still rocking “Scandal.” One of them had better win Best Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globes this January, or we’re going to have some real things to talk about.

“Murder” had more total viewers than Thursday Night Football on CBS– two million more viewers in fact. In the key demo, “Murder” also did a 3.8, which ain’t bad. Football did a 4.5.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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