/// All Hail Shonda Rhimes

February 28, 2014  |  Media Week

It may be time to rename ABC “The House That Shonda Built.” After a two-and-a-half-month hiatus, showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ twin Thursday night hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal came storming back as if they’d never left. In fact, both series posted their highest ratings since October. According to Nielsen fast national data, Grey’s last night averaged 9.31 million viewers and a 3.0 in the adults 18-49 demo, marking an 11 percent increase when compared to its most recent original airdate (Dec. 12). Moreover, Grey’s gathered steam as the night went on, improving from a 2.9 in the demo between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to a 3.1 rating in its second half-hour. The hits just kept coming at 10 p.m., as the return of Olivia Pope and the rest of the Beltway crisis management crew delivered 9.27 million viewers and a 3.3 in the dollar demo. Scandal’s preliminary deliveries topped its most recent new broadcast by one-tenth of a point and tied the Oct. 17 installment as the second highest-rated episode of Season 3. In fact, that 3.3 rating trails only the Season 3 premiere as the highest rated show in Scandal history

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