ABC has announced that its entire current TGIT lineup — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder — has been renewed for the 2017-18 season.
“Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder continue to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and wanting more. I’m thrilled to bring back these shows and the OMG moments that come with them,” said ABC President Channing Dungey.
The TGIT renewals come as no surprise, as the trio of shows just helped ABC win Thursdays for the third consecutive week while generating strong numbers through DVR and social media. The last two hours of ABC Thursdays were sagging earlier this season when Notorious was asked to step in for Scandal, so there’s power in these three shows airing together and being promoted using the TGIT branding. Also helping the case for ABC’s early renewal is the poor state of their dramas, as the only other hour-long that can regularly clear a 1.0 is Designated Survivor, which is in the middle of a lengthy hiatus and will return in a very volatile political environment. By contrast, Grey’s Anatomy is regularly above a 2.0, Scandal‘s series low is a 1.5, and How to Get Away with Murder hovers around a 1.3 with gigantic gains made in delayed viewing.
Despite their success, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder actually aren’t the first official renewals that ABC has granted for next season. That honor belongs to underrated family comedy The Middle, which was renewed for a ninth season late last month. The four shows join a 2017-18 lineup for ABC that includes Marvel’s The Inhumans, set to premiere its first two episodes in theaters before moving to the small screen, and straight-to-series drama Ten Days in the Valley.
Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder will all air new episodes next week, with Murder’s two-hour season finale set for Thursday, February 23rd at 9:00.