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

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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  1. Patricia says:

    I love “How to Get Away With Murder.” It is the best show this season. I really like Viola Davis’s character and she does a great job in portraying a complicated, strong woman that is also vulnerable. I can’t wait for each episode each week. I find it spellbinding. You love some of the characters and hate others. But the cast is well suited for the show. I hope it stays on for a long, long time.

  2. Pat says:

    I’ve seen the trailer, most definitely won’t be watching the program, looks a load of crap and the trailers usually show the best bits to try to tempt you.

  3. Mel says:

    Most highest? Well played with the racist show in the material.

  4. Patricia Koenig says:

    I can’t imagine being about to fill 22 episodes of the junk they have displayed so far. How can anyone sit and stew about racism that long and not want to jump off a cliff. It was disturbing to watch.

    • carbar475 says:

      People view the same way they sit & hear spewing on Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo Boo etc. Its all about mass taste for the subjects being aired. In essence, to each its own.

  5. carbar475 says:

    Both shows are good but mostly for acting than writing. Viola’s killing it & the breakout for me is Fishburne on Black-ish. Shocked how, Fish is funnier than Anthony & Tracee who has been very funny in their previous works.

  6. Benny Ace says:

    “two of the most highest rated new programs” ???

    I weep for the future of journalism.

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