ABC’s 2014-15 season is finally starting to fall into place. After months of customary radio silence on the renewal front, the first scripted series to get season orders for the coming year are Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, Castle, Once Upon a Time and midseason freshman Resurrection. (As for new series, ABC has thus far committed to Black-ish, American Crime and Shonda Rhimes‘ How to Get Away With Murder.)
Resurrection, starring Omar Epps, had the right concept at the right time, as the show about dead people returning to life in the small town of Arcadia debuted to a network Sunday best with a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.3 million total viewers. Adding DVR, the drama from exec producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas is averaging an impressive 4.0 in the demo — up 48 percent from its same-day delivery. Based on the book by Jason Mott, the series set up a second season during its May 4 season finale, with a major reveal and cliffhanger that changes the game for its second run. The series is one of only two freshman dramas to earn a second season at the network.
Meanwhile, writing duo Butters and Fazekas will likely have two series on the air in 2014-15, with the pair serving as showrunners on Marvel’s Captain America spinoff Agent Carter, which, like Resurrection, is expected to have a short order.
Scandal, the fast-paced Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn starrer from Shonda Rhimes, achieved mega-hit status in its third season, regularly topping lead-in Grey’s Anatomy and averaging a 3.0 among adults 18-49 and growing to a 4.6 when adding seven days of DVR viewing. Among total viewers, Scandal‘s 9 million weekly average grows to nearly 13 million when adding seven days of DVR for its third season, which was trimmed to 18 episodes to accommodate Emmy nominee Washington’s pregnancy. Likely helping the show’s breakout ratings performance was the show’s early syndication deal with BET, with episodes airing shortly after they bow on ABC.
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