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[11/20/20 - 08:13 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Delivers Another FOX Win
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/19/20):

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

FOX (9.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) continued its Thursday reign thanks to its latest installments of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.750 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

ABC (5.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was the number two draw with new episodes of "Station 19" (5.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Grey's Anatomy" (5.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) plus the return of "A Million Little Things" (3.975 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was CBS (4.104 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "B Positive" (5.138 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mom" (4.935 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "The Unicorn" (3.822 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.825 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.216 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), a repeat "Superstore" (1.198 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (2.380 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.297 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with its special "Supernatural: The Long Road Home" (1.201 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and the finale of "Supernatural" (1.393 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+38.89% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
+25.00% - The Unicorn
+22.73% - Thursday Night Football
+20.00% - B Positive
0.00% - Young Sheldon
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Supernatural
-14.29% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-18.18% - Station 19
-25.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. 10/29/20)
-33.33% - Star Trek: Discovery

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - A Million Little Things (vs. How to Get Away with Murder)
+50.00% - Supernatural (vs. Legacies)
+50.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. A Million Little Things)
+50.00% - Supernatural: The Long Road Home (vs. Supernatural)
+13.64% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
0.00% - Thursday Night Football
-9.09% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. The Good Place/Will & Grace)
-14.29% - B Positive (vs. The Unicorn)
-16.67% - The Unicorn (vs. Carol's Second Act)
-20.00% - Young Sheldon
-25.00% - Mom
-28.57% - Superstore
-30.77% - Station 19 (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-50.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-60.00% - Star Trek: Discovery (vs. Evil)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/21/19):

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

FOX (9.405 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was still the victor on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.511 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

ABC (4.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver thanks to the fall finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.218 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was CBS (5.308 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.721 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (6.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.887 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Evil" (3.446 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.660 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Perfect Harmony" (1.873 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (2.032 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.187 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.152 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.845 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Will & Grace
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - A Million Little Things
0.00% - The Unicorn
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Carol's Second Act
0.00% - The Good Place
0.00% - Evil
0.00% - Perfect Harmony
-11.11% - Mom
-12.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-14.29% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-16.67% - Young Sheldon
-20.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
-20.59% - Thursday Night Football
-33.33% - Supernatural
-33.33% - Legacies

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+225.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 20/20 - Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic)
+166.67% - A Million Little Things (vs. Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries)
+100.00% - Supernatural (vs. The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 2 (Repeat))
+100.00% - Legacies (vs. The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 2 (Repeat))
+42.11% - Thursday Night Football (vs. MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown)
+33.33% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. I'm Coming Home)
+25.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+15.79% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown)
0.00% - Evil (vs. SWAT (Repeat))
-11.11% - Mom (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
-22.22% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon (Repeat))
-25.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Murphy Brown)
-83.72% - Superstore (vs. Football Night in America)
-89.47% - The Good Place (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-89.47% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-91.23% - Will & Grace (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-92.98% - Perfect Harmony (vs. Sunday Night Football)

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

TBA

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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