In the world of network TV, Shondaland is a superpower.
Grey's Anatomy and Scandal — the two current shows produced by the Shonda Rhimes company — are among only ten primetime network TV shows to gain viewers in the vital 18-to-49 demographic between the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 seasons, according to Vulture.
For Grey's, the increase between Seasons 9 and 10 was 7 percent. For Scandal, the gain from Season 2 to Season 3 was a whopping 45 percent.
It makes sense: Sandra Oh's (Cristina Yang) exit this season on Grey's was widely publicized, and fans also seemed to dig Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona's (Jessica Capshaw) marriage turbulence and the resurfaced 'ship between Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April (Sarah Drew).
And Scandal, this past season more than ever, has established itself as one of TV's buzziest and most surprising dramas.
The only other shows to gain viewers were Supernatural, Kitchen Nightmares, Chicago Fire, How I Met Your Mother, Law & Order: SVU, Shark Tank, Bob's Burgers, and The Big Bang Theory.
Meanwhile, six shows were flat, and the other fifty-nine lost viewers. Second-from-last on the list, with a disastrous 45 percent decline, is Glee.
So yes, actors on Shonda Rhimes-led shows must be counting their lucky stars right about now. And those on her newest effort, How to Get Away With Murder, must be feeling pretty optimistic!
Grey's Anatomy Season 11 airs this fall.