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ABC just made a big bet on its TGIT lineup. Granted, the bet is not all that risky considering how ABC's primetime Thursday has been killing it in the ratings this past month, but the network has decided to grant early renewals on all of its high profile Thursday night shows. Grey's Anatomy Season 14, Scandal Season 7, and How To Get Away With Murder Season 4 are all good to go for the 2017-2018 season.
Grey's Anatomy (which is now approaching high school age in years) will see Season 14 offer even more medical and relationship drama. The series has served as an anchor for the TGIT lineup, with Ellen Pompeo its captain narrator, as the hospital sails the seas of primetime. The show has remained a strong winner in key demographics even 13 seasons deep, as it's #1 in all of ABC's programming, #3 in broadcast series and ranks in the Top 10 for all of TV. If there was any doubt with ABC's early renewals, it was pretty much safe to say Grey's Anatomy was good for next season even before the season began.
Scandal's renewal isn't much of a surprise either, and the series' recent return after an extended hiatus has given a big bump to the TGIT lineup and secured its top spot in the demo ratings for the timeslot these past couple weeks. That doesn't mean you should expect it to last anywhere near as long as Grey's Anatomy, however, as writers are already talking the end of the series in Season 7. THR says showrunner Shonda Rhimes acknowledges that the series can't go on "forever," and as the show approaches its 100th episode this season, expect to see fewer episodes in future seasons as the end draws near.
How To Get Away With Murder is also looking strong in 2017. The series has seen not only a season high following the return of Scandal, but its highest ratings in a year The Viola Davis-led drama will see Season 4 and hopefully just as large numbers with Scandal back on television.
With TGIT back at full strength and renewals being delved out, ABC is looking to secure its strong hold on viewers and demo ratings for many Thursday nights to come. All three series join The Middle on the list of renewals by the Disney company. In addition to its continuing programming, ABC also has some exciting premieres (new and old) coming up, so be sure to check out our midseason premiere guide to keep track of what's coming out.