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[02/02/18 - 08:30 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Edges ABC in Tight Demo Race
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 (2/1/18):

CBS (9.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) inched past the competition on Thursday with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "Young Sheldon" (12.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "Mom" (9.236 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Life in Pieces" (7.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "SWAT" (6.211 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

ABC (6.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a tight second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.847 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "Scandal" (5.602 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.662 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

Next up was FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (4.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up its mix of "Superstore" (3.460 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), the season finale of "The Good Place" (3.172 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Will & Grace" (4.066 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), a preview of "AP Bio" (3.178 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.611 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.688 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Arrow" (1.235 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+7.69% - Scandal
+7.69% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00
+4.55% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Mom (vs. 1/18/18)
0.00% - Life in Pieces (vs. 1/18/18)
0.00% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00
0.00% - The Good Place
0.00% - SWAT (vs. 1/18/18)
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Arrow
-3.45% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 1/18/18)
-4.17% - Young Sheldon (vs. 1/18/18)
-7.69% - Will & Grace (vs. 1/18/18)
-8.33% - Superstore
-9.09% - Chicago Fire

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00 (vs. My Kitchen Rules)
+21.05% - Young Sheldon (vs. Superior Donuts)
+11.11% - SWAT (vs. Training Day)
+11.11% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist)
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00 (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
0.00% - The Good Place (vs. Powerless)
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Arrow (vs. Riverdale)
0.00% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
-7.69% - Life in Pieces
-8.33% - Superstore
-9.68% - The Big Bang Theory
-22.22% - Scandal
-23.08% - How to Get Away with Murder
-25.00% - AP Bio (vs. Chicago Med)

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," 2.0/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.8/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

· 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," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· 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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/2/17):

ABC (6.566 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with new episodes from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Scandal" (6.568 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.687 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (8.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a competitive second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.550 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), the premiere of "Superior Donuts" (10.606 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Mom" (8.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and the launch of "Training Day" (4.733 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its new lineup of "Superstore" (3.986 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Powerless" (3.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Chicago Med" (6.252 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Blacklist" (4.999 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.943 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.690 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and a new "My Kitchen Rules" (2.197 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.748 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and week two of "Riverdale" (1.136 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Chicago Med (vs. 1/19/17)
0.00% - Superstore (vs. 1/12/17)
0.00% - Supernatural
-5.88% - Mom (vs. 1/19/17)
-6.06% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 1/19/17)
-8.33% - Hell's Kitchen
-10.00% - The Blacklist (vs. 1/19/17)
-11.54% - Grey's Anatomy
-12.50% - My Kitchen Rules
-13.33% - Life in Pieces (vs. 1/19/17)
-13.33% - How to Get Away with Murder
-14.29% - Scandal
-20.00% - Riverdale

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+130.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Madoff, Part 2)
+80.00% - Scandal (vs. Madoff, Part 2)
+33.33% - Superstore (vs. You, Me and the Apocalypse)
+22.22% - Powerless (vs. You, Me and the Apocalypse)
+8.33% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. Madoff: After the Fall)
-7.14% - Life in Pieces (vs. Angel from Hell)
-11.11% - Mom
-16.22% - The Big Bang Theory
-17.39% - Superior Donuts (vs. Life in Pieces)
-18.18% - The Blacklist (vs. Shades of Blue)
-18.18% - Training Day (vs. Elementary)
-20.00% - Chicago Med (vs. The Blacklist)
-33.33% - Riverdale (vs. The 100)
-33.33% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-50.00% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. American Idol)
-69.57% - My Kitchen Rules (vs. American Idol)

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," 2.2/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; 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," 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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