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[09/27/19 - 08:34 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Dominates with "Thursday Night Football"
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 (9/26/19):

FOX (12.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) overshadowed the competition on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.081 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (13.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (4.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "A Million Little Things" (5.004 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.525 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Next up was CBS (5.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its debut lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "The Unicorn" (6.007 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.224 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.965 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (4.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.856 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the openers to "Superstore" (2.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.601 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14), "The Good Place" (2.432 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Sunnyside" (1.794 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening the penultimate "The Outpost" (0.651 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and the season finale of "The Outpost" (0.506 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-50.00% - The Outpost

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+20.59% - Thursday Night Football
+12.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
0.00% - Evil (vs. SWAT)
0.00% - The Outpost - 9:00 (vs. The Originals (Repeat))
-20.00% - Superstore (vs. The Good Place)
-21.05% - Grey's Anatomy
-25.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
-30.00% - The Good Place (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-36.36% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Murphy Brown)
-38.46% - Mom
-38.89% - A Million Little Things (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-41.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-44.44% - Perfect Harmony (vs. The Good Place)
-50.00% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon)
-50.00% - The Outpost - 8:00 (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
-52.38% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-60.00% - Sunnyside (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

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," 1.3/4; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.3/2; "Late Show," 0.4/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.3/2.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline," averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/27/18):

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

FOX (10.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) got a big boost on Thursday with the network premieres of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.393 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

ABC (5.519 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a distant second with the season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.079 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), a second hour of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.492 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and the return of "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.986 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was CBS (7.865 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup debuts of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.793 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Mom" (7.991 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Murphy Brown" (7.420 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "SWAT" (4.979 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.427 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up the return of "The Good Place" (3.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), a second "The Good Place" (2.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), the season premiere of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.678 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and also a second "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.489 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.784 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "The Originals" (0.504 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.644 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-4.71% - Young Sheldon (vs. 9/24/18)
-10.83% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 9/24/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+239.00% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Gotham/The Orville)
+217.50% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. Gotham)
-6.96% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. Thursday Night Football Pre-Game)
-16.96% - Grey's Anatomy - 8:00
-18.33% - The Good Place - 8:00 (vs. Superstore)
-22.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 10:00 (vs. Chicago Fire)
-23.04% - Grey's Anatomy - 9:00
-25.45% - How to Get Away with Murder
-30.00% - The Good Place - 8:30
-49.38% - Young Sheldon (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-50.95% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 9:00 (vs. Will & Grace/Good News)
-59.38% - Mom (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-66.88% - Murphy Brown (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-77.50% - SWAT (vs. Thursday Night Football)

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," 1.7/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 3.0/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 ratings were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; 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 0.3/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.2/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," ZXZXZX. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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