The Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) series starring Viola Davis as a Philadelphia university law professor who, along with her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot had 14.3 million viewers for its Live broadcast. The show’s lead-in was another Rhimes hit: Scandal on 12.2m.
But Murder has since netted another 6 million viewers —pushing its three-day total above the 20 million mark.
That breaks the previous record set by an episode of The Blacklist which rose by 5.6 million in January.
The numbers are a boon to the power of Rhimes (pictured), entrusted with ABC’s Thursday nights because she “gets” audiences. In more ways than one.
Her shows also scored in social media, topping Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings.
The news is also good for Seven which plans to screen Murder in 2015. Meanwhile Nine is currently promoting Gotham and TEN’s NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary and Scorpion -all 0f which are performing well in the US.