American Horror Story taught us How To Get Away With Murder by hitting bullseye with a Scandal-ous Arrow. Note that in your Vampire Diaries before reading our ratings roundup for the best TV series of the week!
This will forever be remembered as the week The Walking Dead Season 6 sliced through Empire to become the highest rated show so far this year. But while the zombies were encroaching on Alexandria, mythic beasts were overrunning Mystic Falls in the follow-up to last week's The Vampire Diaries Season 7 premiere. While the blood suckers were legion, the fans remained pretty steady with 1.4 million viewers congregating over The CW show this week, with a modest live + same day rating of 0.6 among audiences in the 18-49 bracket. Meanwhile in The CW's superhero division, Arrow Season 4: Episode 2 scooped 2.5 million viewers, seeing an 18% drop in ratings over last week's season opener, finishing at 1.0 in the 18-49 demo, a disappointing showing alongside its sister show The Flash, with its 3.3 million viewers.
This week's other big cable show, FX's American Horror Story Season 5, whose premiere beat out Empire and became the No. 2 show in FX history, experienced a significant drop from last week, crossing the live + same day line with 4.1 million viewers and a 2.2 Nielsen rating, 27% below last week's 3.0. That being the case, however, AHS was still the highest ranking cable show on Wednesday night, only falling behind the MLB's playoff game with its 5.9 million viewers. On the broadcast side of things, ABC's Scandal continued its downward trend over previous weeks, with Thursday night's Season 5: Episode 4, "Dog-Whistle Politics," clocking in at 2.3 with same day viewers against last week's 2.6 and the season premiere's 3.2, garnering 8 million viewers last night. Its ABC sister show How To Get Away With Murder was comparatively steady, dropping slightly by one-tenth of a point, finishing 2.0 in the 18-49 bracket and totaling 6.8 million viewers overall. What was your favorite TV show this week?