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ABC Gives Full-Season Orders to ‘Black-ish’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

ABC has given full-season orders to “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” two of the highest rated new programs on all broadcast channels.

This brings the episode totals to 22 for “Black-ish” and 15 for “Murder.”

“Murder,” which stars Viola Davis as a mastermind criminal lawyer and professor and has seen heavy promotion from the network’s “TGIT” marketing campaign, is the fall’s highest-rated new series in adults 18-49, averaging a 3.6 “live plus same-day” rating through two airings. The premiere also set DVR playback records, gaining about 6 million viewers within the first three days of its airing. It is created and executive produced by Pete Nowalk (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Bill D’Elia (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing”) also serve as executive producers. “How to Get Away with Murder” is produced by ABC Studios.

Comedy “Black-ish,” which stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as the parental units of an upper middle-class African-American family, is the fall’s top new comedy in 18-49 (2.9 rating) and total viewers (9.1 million) in same-day viewing estimates. This week, the show saw a 12% week-to-week increase in adults 18-49, retaining about 80% of its “Modern Family” lead-in. It was created by Kenya Barris and is executive produced by Barris, Jonathan Groff, Larry Wilmore, Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins.

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