9:48am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: ABC's 'Murder' Tops All But NFL, 'Gracepoint' Shrinks
How to Get Away With Murder is quickly emerging as the fall's de facto breakout. With a full-season pickup coming just hours ahead of the third episode's premiere, that outing held mostly steady with last week's — and it's outpacing lead-in Scandal as the most watched and highest-rated scripted series of Thursday night in live-plus-same-day returns.
CBS' Thursday Night Football — off 14 percent in preliminary figures but already well ahead by all measures — won the night overall, while How to Get Away With Murder bested the rest with an average 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers. Earlier in the night, ABC's Grey's Anatomy (2.4 adults) and Scandal (3.0 adults) were off a respective 11 and 12 percent from last Thursday.
Over on NBC, a steady outing of The Biggest Loser (1.2 adults) led into the second episode of Bad Judge. The new comedy held its live-plus-same-day premiere score of a 1.2 rating in the key demo, while neighbor A to Z dropped two-tenths to just 1.0. Parenthood held steady at the end of the night with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49.
The second outing of Fox's Gracepoint was already looking fatigued on Thursday. It dropped three-tenths of a point from its soft premiere to a 0.9 rating in the key demo. (The series rose 42 percent in its first round of live-plus-three-day ratings to a 1.7.) Trusty Bones kicked off the night for Fox, even with its last episode, averaging a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49.
The Vampire Diaries (0.7 adults) lost two-tenths of a point from its season premiere, while Reign (0.4 adults) matched last week's score.