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Ratings Update: “Scandal” Ties “How to Get Away with Murder”

Update: ABC’s 9PM drama “Scandal” and 10PM entry “How to Get Away with Murder” delivered equivalent 3.0 adults 18-49 ratings.

The number represented a week-over-week gain of 0.1 for “Scandal” and 0.2 for “HTGAWM.”

With an audience of 9.98 million, “Scandal” narrowly won the viewership race.  “Murder” drew 9.97 million viewers.

Earlier in the night, “Grey’s Anatomy” drew a 2.5 rating with 8.62 million watchers.


This week’s edition of “Scandal” took a slight hit in the overnight household ratings. This week’s “How to Get Away with Murder” enjoyed a slight boost in the overnights.

The results? ABC’s 9PM and 10PM dramas tied in the overnight metered market ratings race.

While there is no guarantee the same will be true of their adults 18-49 numbers, there is no denying that the two series connected with approximately the same number of households Thursday. Both shows delivered 7.4 overnight household ratings.

Last week, “Scandal” delivered a 7.7 overnight household rating, a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and a viewership average of 9.90 million. “HTGAWM” drew a 7.2 overnight household rating, a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating and a viewership average of 9.79 million.

Higher-profile than last week’s game, this week’s CBS Thursday Night Football showdown between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers will claim an even more dominant ratings victory over ABC’s dramas. As far as the overnights go, “Scandal” and “HTGAWM” do, however, tie as the night’s top-rated non-sports programs.

Earlier in the night, ABC offered “Grey’s Anatomy” (6.7 overnight household rating).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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