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[10/25/19 - 08:15 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Thursday Night Football" Remain on Top
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/24/19):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

FOX (9.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its weekly telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

ABC (4.285 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then remained the silver draw with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.053 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.387 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.415 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (5.502 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Young Sheldon" (8.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.875 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.354 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.114 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (3.588 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up new episodes of "Superstore" (2.932 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15), "The Good Place" (1.943 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), the return of "Will & Grace" (2.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.631 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.246 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Legacies" (0.883 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the evening over on The CW (1.064 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - A Million Little Things
+22.22% - Young Sheldon
+16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+14.29% - The Unicorn
8.33% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Carol's Second Act
0.00% - The Good Place
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
0.00% - Perfect Harmony
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Legacies
-3.33% - Thursday Night Football
-16.67% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-28.57% - Evil

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+7.41% - Thursday Night Football
0.00% - A Million Little Things (vs. Station 19)
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
0.00% - Will & Grace (vs. I Feel Bad)
-11.11% - Superstore
-12.50% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Murphy Brown)
-13.33% - Grey's Anatomy
-22.22% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-28.57% - How to Get Away with Murder
-28.57% - Evil (vs. SWAT)
-33.33% - Mom
-33.33% - Legacies
-33.33% - The Good Place (vs. Will & Grace)
-50.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-50.00% - Perfect Harmony (vs. The Good Place)
-52.94% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

TBA


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/25/18):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

FOX (8.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday thanks to the "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.285 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

CBS (8.071 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then remained the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Young Sheldon" (10.900 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Mom" (8.051 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Murphy Brown" (6.090 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "SWAT" (5.343 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was ABC (4.860 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.512 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Station 19" (5.022 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.046 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.240 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes of "Superstore" (3.058 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Good Place" (2.690 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Will & Grace" (3.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "I Feel Bad" (2.137 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.156 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.362 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and the premiere of "Legacies" (1.199 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - Thursday Night Football
+17.65% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
+12.50% - Station 19
+12.50% - Superstore
+10.00% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Young Sheldon
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 10/11/18)
0.00% - Will & Grace
0.00% - The Good Place
0.00% - SWAT
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
-7.69% - Mom
-10.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-11.11% - Murphy Brown
-16.67% - I Feel Bad
-40.00% - Supernatural

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+157.14% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Gotham/The Orville)
+122.22% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. Gotham)
+46.67% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. Thursday Night Football Pre-Game)
-16.67% - Grey's Anatomy
-18.18% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-22.22% - How to Get Away with Murder
-22.73% - Young Sheldon (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-25.00% - Superstore
-25.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Chicago Fire)
-27.27% - The Good Place
-40.00% - Legacies (vs. Arrow)
-45.45% - Mom (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-50.00% - Will & Grace
-50.00% - I Feel Bad (vs. Good News)
-50.00% - Supernatural
-63.64% - Murphy Brown (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-68.18% - SWAT (vs. Thursday Night Football)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.3/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.3/5. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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