It’s safe to call How to Get Away With Murder the surest bet among this fall’s crop of new series thus far. Now that live-plus-3 ratings are in for most of premiere week, the ABC drama stands as the top freshman performer in the adults 18-49 demographic and boasts the biggest DVR viewership increase in history.
The Shonda Rhimes-produced series skyrocketed to 20.3 million viewers and a 5.8 rating among adults 18-49. Not only do those gains top the growth of previous freshman demo champ Gotham, they eclipse its total haul as well. Each fall has produced new time-shifting records as more and more viewers choose to watch broadcast series on their own timetable, but How to Get Away With Murder‘s increase of 6 million blows all previous live-plus-3 improvements out of the water.
It’s more good news for ABC, which has managed to post two big premieres in both live and time-shifted viewing. (Comedy Black-ish jumped nearly 40 percent in the key demo.) The network, which ranked third for premiere week, is the only member of the Big Four without any sports.
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