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[09/22/17 - 08:24 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Pulls in Front with "Gotham," "Orville"
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/21/17):

FOX (3.585 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the demo competition on Thursday with the season premiere of "Gotham" (3.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and the time slot debut of "The Orville" (4.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

CBS (4.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Mom" (5.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), second doses of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.009 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Mom" (4.996 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the season finale of "Zoo" (2.907 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Chicago Fire" (3.291 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.608 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Scandal" (2.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.015 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.596 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.206 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) alongside a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.131 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.382 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
0.00% - Zoo
0.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
-35.29% - The Orville (vs. 9/17/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - Gotham (vs. Rosewood)
+33.33% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+33.33% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (vs. The Flash (Repeat))
0.00% - The Orville (vs. Pitch)
-88.37% - Zoo (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," 1.6/4; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· 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," 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/22/16):

CBS (12.424 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (13.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1).

ABC (6.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a distant second with the debut of its lineup "Grey's Anatomy" (8.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "Notorious" (5.429 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.154 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was NBC (6.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its mix of premieres from "Superstore" (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "The Good Place" (5.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Chicago Med" (6.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (6.400 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the openers to "Rosewood" (3.593 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Pitch" (4.275 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.317 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.955 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.136 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.16% - Thursday Night Football
+12.50% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-43.48% - The Good Place (vs. 9/19/16)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+83.33% - Pitch (vs. Scream Queens (Repeat))
+8.33% - The Blacklist (vs. The Player)
+3.85% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
0.00% - Thursday Night Football
-12.50% - Rosewood (vs. Scream Queens (Repeat))
-14.29% - Grey's Anatomy
-26.32% - Chicago Med (vs. Heroes Reborn)
-30.00% - Superstore (vs. Heroes Reborn)
-35.00% - The Good Place (vs. Heroes Reborn)
-46.15% - How to Get Away with Murder
-62.50% - Notorious (vs. Scandal)

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," 2.4/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," delayed by an NFL overrun; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· 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 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 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 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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