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[02/09/18 - 08:41 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: Winter Olympics Open on Top for NBC
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 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (2/8/18):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live events, Fast Nationals for NBC are approximate.]

NBC (14.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was of course the network to beat with the start of its "2018 Winter Olympics" (14.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) coverage.

ABC (5.063 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and FOX (4.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) shared a distant silver with the latter served up a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and the season finale of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (4.327 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

Next up was the Alphabet and originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (4.631 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.263 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up night two of "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.597 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) alongside repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.583 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Young Sheldon" (5.448 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "SWAT" (4.452 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.818 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Arrow" (1.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+9.09% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00
0.00% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Arrow
-13.04% - Grey's Anatomy
-20.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
-21.43% - Scandal

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+55.56% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00 (vs. My Kitchen Rules)
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Arrow (vs. Riverdale)
-4.76% - Grey's Anatomy
-7.69% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00 (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-31.25% - Scandal
-38.46% - How to Get Away with Murder
-39.13% - Celebrity Big Brother (vs. The Big Bang Theory/The Great Indoors)
-41.38% - 2018 Winter Olympics (vs. 2/6/14)

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

Late-night metered market ratings will return following NBC's Olympics coverage.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/9/17):

ABC (6.527 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its dramas "Grey's Anatomy" (8.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Scandal" (6.239 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.917 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (7.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.182 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.865 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mom" (7.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (6.285 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Training Day" (4.421 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.370 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the return of "MasterChef Junior" (4.206 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and a new "My Kitchen Rules" (2.535 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.813 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (3.758 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Powerless" (2.801 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Chicago Med" (6.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "The Blacklist" (4.868 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.714 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Riverdale" (1.215 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - My Kitchen Rules
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Life in Pieces
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
0.00% - Chicago Med
0.00% - The Blacklist
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Riverdale
-3.23% - The Big Bang Theory
-5.88% - The Great Indoors (vs. 1/19/17)
-8.33% - Superstore
-8.70% - Grey's Anatomy
-11.11% - Scandal
-11.11% - Training Day
-18.18% - Powerless

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - Superstore (vs. You, Me and the Apocalypse)
+12.50% - Powerless (vs. You, Me and the Apocalypse)
-5.88% - Mom
-7.14% - Life in Pieces (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
-12.50% - Grey's Anatomy
-14.29% - Chicago Med (vs. The Blacklist)
-18.18% - The Blacklist (vs. Shades of Blue)
-20.00% - Riverdale (vs. The 100)
-21.05% - The Big Bang Theory
-23.81% - The Great Indoors (vs. Life in Pieces)
-23.81% - Scandal
-27.27% - Training Day (vs. Elementary)
-27.78% - How to Get Away with Murder
-33.33% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-38.10% - MasterChef Junior (vs. American Idol)
-57.14% - My Kitchen Rules (vs. American Idol)

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," 2.4/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.8/5; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 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," 1.0/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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