Grey’s Anatomy returned from its 10-week break on Thursday night to 9.6 million total viewers and a 2.6 rating (per finals), rising 20 and 18 percent from its previous episode to hit not just season highs but its best numbers since its Season 12 premiere (Sept. 24, 2015).
Leading out of that, Scandal‘s long-delayed Season 6 opener did 7.6 mil and a 2.0, down from its previous premiere (10.3 mil/3.3) but up from its May finale (6.7 mil/1.8) and more than doubling placeholder Notorious‘ demo average.
How to Get Away With Murder, now with a proper lead-in, hit season highs of 5.4 mil and 1.5.
Elsewhere in the land of ratings….
THE CW | Now opening Thursdays, Supernatural (1.72 mil/0.6) matched its midseason finale, while down a tick from Legends of Tomorrow‘s fall average (1.8 mil/0.7) in the lead-off spot. Riverdale debuted to 1.38 mil and a 0.5 (and an average reader grade of “A-“), on par with fellow freshman No Tomorrow‘s launch (1.5 mil/0.5) while besting Frequency‘s (1.35 mil/0.4).
CBS | Leading out of that disappointing
Oprah Mary Tyler Moore tribute (6.6 mil/0.8), the Pure Genius finale (5.2 mil/0.7) ticked down to a series low in the demo.
FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (4 mil/1.2) and Kitchen Rules (2.2 mil/0.7) each dipped.