Also promising for ABC was the debut of praised new comedy Speechless (2.0 L+SD demo rating at 8:30 PM on Wednesday). And The Goldbergs made a successful move to the anchor 8 PM position on the night with a solid 2.0 18-49 L+SD rating. Additionally, the resurgence of veteran Grey’s Anatomy continues with a second consecutive solid season start as the highest-rated ABC drama series, and fellow veteran Dancing With The Stars is having a good showing with buzzy contestants like Olympians Ryan Lochte and Laurie Hernandez.
But it was not all good news for ABC. New drama Notorious was panned by critics and opened low, with a 1.1 18-49 L+SD rating behind Grey’s, which gave it a 2.5 lead-in. There was no big boost in L3 either, with the freshman climbing to a 1.6 in the demo. Also of concern is the underperforming ABC Sunday lineup, with Once Upon A Time, Secrets And Lies and last fall’s breakout Quantico all opening way down. We will find out in a couple of days whether any of the three have been able to partially close the ratings gap with strong DVR gains in L3.
ABC also has been seriously challenged by CBS on Friday where it used to dominate, and reality stalwart Shark Tank is showing its age with year-to-year declines.