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‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Ratings Cement Shonda Rhimes’s Ownership of Thursday-Night TV

Fourteen million viewers tuned in for the series premiere. And that’s after ‘Scandal’ hit a new series high, and after almost 10 million people watched ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ now in its 11th season.

Shonda Rhimes’s How to Get Away With Murder is built around a long-awaited meaty lead role for the unimpeachable Viola Davis, a two-time Oscar nominee. The new series is also responsible for upping ABC’s Thursday-night Shonda Rhimes fare from two to three hours. Oh, and it was watched by a massive 14 million people.

And that’s after 11.9 million people tuned in to Scandal‘s Season 4 premiere, marking a new best for the series. And that was after 9.8 million watched Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 11 premiere. Indiewire writes that the three Rhimes shows — which run straight from 8 through 11 p.m. — beat all the competition except for CBS’s Thursday Night FootballScandal and How to Get Away With Murder both scored 3.8 ratings in the 18-to-49 demographic, which is classified as “pretty damn great.” Murder isn’t the fall season’s most-watched show (CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans pulled 17 million viewers), but it’s up there. Scorpion and Madam Secretary, both CBS, also notched 14 million.

Rhimes’s production banner is already called Shondaland, and ABC already opted to name Thursdays “Thank God It’s Thursday.” So should we just go ahead and re-christen Earth as Shondaworld, or … ?