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[03/06/20 - 08:11 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Grey's Anatomy" Tops Demo Race for ABC
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 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (3/5/20):

ABC (5.379 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its drama mix of "Station 19" (6.089 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (6.308 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.741 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (5.623 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then edged the total viewer race with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "The Unicorn" (5.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (5.794 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.678 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Tommy" (4.615 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (3.533 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Outmatched" (2.062 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Deputy" (3.310 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "Superstore" (2.062 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) alongside new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.863 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Will & Grace" (2.089 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Indebted" (1.400 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.264 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.515 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and a repeat "Legacies" (0.309 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.412 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Will & Grace
+20.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
+18.18% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Station 19
0.00% - Mom (vs. 2/20/20)
0.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. 2/20/20)
0.00% - A Million Little Things
0.00% - Tommy
0.00% - Outmatched
0.00% - Katy Keene
-10.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. 2/20/20)
-14.29% - The Unicorn (vs. 2/20/20)
-14.29% - Last Man Standing
-16.67% - Deputy
-25.00% - Indebted

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+30.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Station 19)
+20.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. AP Bio)
0.00% - A Million Little Things (vs. For the People)
0.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. Gotham)
-16.67% - Will & Grace (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
-16.67% - Outmatched (vs. Gotham)
-16.67% - Deputy (vs. The Orville)
-33.33% - Station 19 (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-33.33% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Fam)
-41.67% - Mom
-44.44% - Tommy (vs. SWAT)
-57.14% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-57.14% - Indebted (vs. Will & Grace)
-64.71% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon)
-75.00% - Katy Keene (vs. Supernatural)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/7/19):

CBS (8.258 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.781 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.507 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (8.402 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Fam" (5.722 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "SWAT" (5.569 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

ABC (5.060 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (6.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) followed by the return of "Station 19" (5.375 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "For the People" (3.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.110 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "The Orville" (2.926 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up the return of "Superstore" (3.074 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "AP Bio" (1.881 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14); new episodes from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.990 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Will & Grace" (2.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9); plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.483 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.299 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) and "Legacies" (0.852 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Will & Grace
+12.50% - Fam
+12.50% - SWAT (vs. 2/21/19)
0.00% - Gotham
-5.56% - Young Sheldon (vs. 2/21/19)
-6.25% - Grey's Anatomy
-7.69% - Mom (vs. 2/21/19)
-8.70% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 2/21/19)
-14.29% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
-20.00% - Supernatural (vs. 2/7/19)
-25.00% - The Orville
-33.33% - Legacies

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Orville (vs. Showtime at the Apollo)
-9.09% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-10.00% - SWAT
-11.76% - Grey's Anatomy
-12.50% - Will & Grace (vs. Champions)
-14.29% - Gotham
-19.23% - The Big Bang Theory
-20.00% - Supernatural
-20.00% - Mom
-22.73% - Young Sheldon
-25.00% - Fam (vs. Life in Pieces)
-27.27% - Superstore
-33.33% - For the People (vs. How to Get Away with Murder)
-37.50% - AP Bio
-45.45% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
-50.00% - Legacies (vs. Arrow)

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," 1.4/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.9/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· 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," 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/5. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.5/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.1/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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