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[10/26/18 - 08:14 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Charts with NFL Coverage
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 (10/25/18):

[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.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/26/17):

CBS (7.858 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was back on top last night thanks to the NBC-bound "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.120 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

ABC (5.378 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.610 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "Scandal" (4.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.612 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Next up was NBC (5.380 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Superstore" (4.571 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "The Good Place" (3.981 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Will & Grace" (6.641 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "Good News" (3.999 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Chicago Fire" (6.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.490 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.828 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "The Orville" (4.151 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

And finally, The CW (1.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.924 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Arrow" (1.372 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Good News
+20.00% - The Orville (vs. 10/12/17)
+12.50% - Gotham
+9.09% - Chicago Fire
+9.09% - Superstore
+5.88% - Will & Grace
0.00% - Scandal
0.00% - The Good Place
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
0.00% - Supernatural
-10.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 10/12/17)
-16.67% - Arrow
-21.05% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-21.43% - Thursday Night Football

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - The Orville (vs. Pitch)
+46.67% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Various)
+37.50% - Scandal (vs. Notorious)
+28.57% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
+12.50% - Gotham (vs. Rosewood)
0.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist)
0.00% - The Good Place
0.00% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-7.69% - Superstore
-16.67% - Arrow (vs. Supernatural)
-18.18% - Grey's Anatomy
-25.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
-28.57% - Good News (vs. Chicago Med)
-55.88% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. The Big Bang Theory)

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," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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," 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 0.8/3 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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