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[11/22/19 - 08:14 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Remains 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 (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):

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Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/22/18):

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

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

NBC (18.341 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) got a Thanksgiving boost from its special holiday editions of "Football Night in America" (15.032 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.003 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

FOX (6.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with its special "MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown" (6.000 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.698 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Young Sheldon" (5.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.302 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), a new "Murphy Brown" (4.745 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.523 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.584 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its specials "20/20 - Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic" (3.076 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), "Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries" (2.645 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "I'm Coming Home" (2.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, an encore of "The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 2" (0.632 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.632 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-11.11% - Murphy Brown

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+375.00% - MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown (vs. Gotham/The Orville (Repeats))
+34.38% - Football Night in America
+33.33% - 20/20 - Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic (vs. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (Repeat))
+29.55% - Sunday Night Football
-25.00% - Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries (vs. The Good Doctor (Repeat))
-38.46% - Murphy Brown (vs. Life in Pieces)
-40.00% - I'm Coming Home (vs. The Good Doctor (Repeat))

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

· "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has generated its highest Nielsens since February in both metered-market households and adults 18-49 in the local people meters with its Thanksgiving night telecast that followed NBC Sports' primetime coverage of Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans Saints NFL football.

· "Tonight" dominated the competition with a 3.0 rating in metered-market households and a 1.3 in 18-49 in the local people meters. Both the 3.0 and 1.3 are the show's best figures since Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 with the telecast that followed the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics (3.2 and 1.4 respectively).

· "Tonight" grew +11% versus the same night last year in metered-market households (3.0 vs. 2.7) and is up +67% versus the show's season average for originals (1.8). In 18-49 in the local people meters, Fallon jumped +160% versus his season-average 0.5.

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," a 3.0 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.3, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.3/2 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/1 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," a 1.8 rating in metered-market households, delayed by an NFL overrun; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.8 in 18-49, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly," delayed by an NFL overrun, averaged a 1.3 rating in metered-market households and a 0.6 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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