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[01/29/21 - 08:40 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Splits Demos with FOX
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 (1/28/21):

ABC (4.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was still the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (6.387 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), "The Chase" (4.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "The Hustler" (2.983 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Sharing in the demo honors however was FOX (2.464 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (2.489 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "Call Me Kat" (2.421 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Last Man Standing" (2.457 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.715 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "Mr. Mayor" (3.185 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Superstore" (1.970 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.493 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.140 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (4.649 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (4.109 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Mom" (3.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus a new "The Unicorn" (3.056 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.781 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

And finally, week two of "Walker" (2.103 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Legacies" (0.733 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.418 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Dateline NBC
+20.00% - Call Me Kat
0.00% - Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
0.00% - Hell's Kitchen
0.00% - Mr. Mayor
0.00% - The Hustler
0.00% - Last Man Standing
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Star Trek: Discovery
0.00% - Legacies
-14.29% - The Chase
-25.00% - The Unicorn
-25.00% - Walker

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+7.69% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. Last Man Standing/Outmatched)
0.00% - Call Me Kat (vs. Deputy)
0.00% - Walker (vs. Supernatural)
-16.67% - Dateline NBC (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-16.67% - The Hustler (vs. A Million Little Things)
-20.00% - Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (vs. Station 19)
-28.57% - Mr. Mayor (vs. Superstore)
-33.33% - Last Man Standing (vs. Deputy)
-33.33% - Legacies
-42.86% - Superstore (vs. The Good Place)
-45.45% - The Chase (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-50.00% - The Unicorn (vs. Carol's Second Act)
-60.00% - Star Trek: Discovery (vs. Evil)


Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/30/20):

ABC (5.150 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (6.078 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.552 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.819 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

CBS (5.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) remained the most-watched network with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.596 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "The Unicorn" (5.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mom" (6.009 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.635 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and the season finale of "Evil" (3.209 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Next up was FOX (3.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its lineup of "Last Man Standing" (3.931 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Outmatched" (2.324 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Deputy" (3.286 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.796 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up a new "Superstore" (2.776 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), part one "The Good Place" (2.449 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) finale, part two of "The Good Place" (2.246 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) finale, "The Good Place Post Special" (2.062 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.620 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the Monday-bound "Supernatural" (1.085 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and a new "Legacies" (0.864 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Supernatural
+50.00% - Legacies
+20.00% - Deputy
+16.67% - The Good Place
0.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. 1/16/20)
0.00% - Mom (vs. 1/16/20)
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - The Unicorn (vs. 1/16/20)
0.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. 1/16/20)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 1/16/20)
0.00% - Evil (vs. 1/16/20)
-12.50% - Last Man Standing
-14.29% - Outmatched
-16.67% - Station 19
-21.43% - Grey's Anatomy
-25.00% - A Million Little Things

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Legacies
0.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. Gotham)
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. A Million Little Things)
0.00% - A Million Little Things (vs. How to Get Away with Murder)
-12.50% - The Good Place - 9:00 (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
-14.29% - Deputy (vs. The Orville)
-14.29% - Outmatched (vs. Gotham)
-25.00% - Supernatural
-25.00% - The Good Place Post Special (vs. Will & Grace)
-33.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-36.36% - The Good Place - 8:30 (vs. The Titan Games)
-36.36% - Superstore (vs. The Titan Games)
-40.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Fam)
-41.18% - Station 19 (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-44.44% - Evil (vs. SWAT)
-46.15% - Mom
-58.33% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-68.42% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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