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[09/29/17 - 08:27 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Thursday Night Football" Hold Off Premieres
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/28/17):

CBS (10.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the top draw on premiere Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.305 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

ABC (6.640 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver medal with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), a second "Grey's Anatomy" (7.751 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.027 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its debut lineup of "Superstore" (4.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "The Good Place" (4.624 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Will & Grace" (10.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "Good News" (5.125 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Chicago Fire" (7.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.791 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "The Orville" (3.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), the season finale of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.048 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.095 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.393 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Orville
0.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
-7.14% - The Good Place (vs. 9/20/17)
-20.00% - Gotham
-50.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+180.70% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Various (Repeats))
+123.08% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
+109.09% - Grey's Anatomy - 9:00 (vs. Notorious)
+64.29% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+36.36% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist)
+10.00% - The Orville (vs. Pitch)
8.33% - The Good Place
0.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (vs. The Flash (Repeat))
0.00% - Gotham (vs. Rosewood)
0.00% - Good News (vs. Chicago Med)
0.00% - Superstore
-4.17% - Grey's Anatomy
-15.38% - How to Get Away with Murder
-33.33% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))

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

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household averages were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.2/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," delayed by an NFL overrun; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 ratings were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/4; "Late Show," delayed by an NFL overrun; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.2/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," delayed by an NFL overrun. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," delayed by an NFL overrun.

· 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.


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/29/16):

ABC (5.767 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Thursday with week two of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Notorious" (4.573 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.388 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

NBC (5.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Superstore" (4.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "The Good Place" (4.379 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Chicago Med" (6.705 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (6.049 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.313 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.800 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Keving Can Wait" (5.492 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.832 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), another "Keving Can Wait" (4.817 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Bull" (4.470 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (3.599 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and "Pitch" (3.690 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.185 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Supernatural" (0.957 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (1.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Rosewood
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
-7.14% - Chicago Med
-7.14% - How to Get Away with Murder
-7.69% - The Good Place
-8.33% - Notorious
-9.09% - Pitch
-14.29% - Superstore
-15.38% - The Blacklist

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - The Blacklist (vs. The Player)
+4.35% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Pitch (vs. Sleepy Hollow)
-25.00% - The Good Place (vs. Heroes Reborn)
-25.00% - Superstore (vs. Heroes Reborn)
-27.78% - Chicago Med (vs. The Blacklist)
-38.46% - Rosewood (vs. Bones)
-43.48% - How to Get Away with Murder
-60.71% - Notorious (vs. Scandal)

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

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household averages were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.5/7; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.1/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 ratings were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 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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