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[10/04/19 - 08:59 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Keeps FOX on Top
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/3/19):

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

FOX (12.054 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.571 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (4.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.658 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Next up was CBS (5.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.133 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (6.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (4.248 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.141 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "The Good Place" (2.147 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Sunnyside" (1.278 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the conclusion of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2" (0.760 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+3.57% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
0.00% - Young Sheldon
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - The Unicorn
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Carol's Second Act
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Perfect Harmony
-4.88% - Thursday Night Football
-13.33% - Grey's Anatomy
-14.29% - Evil
-14.29% - The Good Place
-16.67% - How to Get Away with Murder
-18.18% - A Million Little Things
-25.00% - Sunnyside

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.81% - Thursday Night Football
+20.83% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
0.00% - iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 (vs. Supernatural/The Originals (Repeats))
-11.11% - Superstore
-14.29% - Evil (vs. SWAT)
-18.18% - A Million Little Things (vs. Station 19)
-18.75% - Grey's Anatomy
-30.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Murphy Brown)
-30.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-37.50% - How to Get Away with Murder
-38.46% - Mom
-40.00% - The Good Place (vs. Will & Grace)
-44.44% - Perfect Harmony (vs. The Good Place)
-54.55% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-55.56% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon)
-57.14% - Sunnyside (vs. I Feel Bad)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/4/18):

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

FOX (9.576 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) took home top honors last night with its second week of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.193 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.853 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (4.935 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (6.532 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) followed by the return of "Station 19" (5.219 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and a new "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.055 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Next up was CBS (8.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.002 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.593 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (7.938 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Murphy Brown" (7.171 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.253 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.517 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its lineup of "Superstore" (3.167 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "The Good Place" (2.973 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Will & Grace" (3.942 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "I Feel Bad" (2.627 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.198 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.656 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "The Originals" (0.417 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - Young Sheldon
+2.80% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Mom
-1.10% - The Good Place
-2.44% - How to Get Away with Murder
-2.78% - SWAT
-5.51% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-5.66% - Murphy Brown
-8.55% - Thursday Night Football
-12.50% - I Feel Bad (vs. 9/18/18)
-13.79% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-16.23% - Grey's Anatomy

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+244.44% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Gotham/The Orville)
+166.67% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. Gotham)
0.00% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. Thursday Night Football Pre-Game)
-11.11% - How to Get Away with Murder
-16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Chicago Fire)
-20.00% - Grey's Anatomy
-21.43% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-25.00% - The Good Place
-25.00% - Superstore
-30.00% - I Feel Bad (vs. Good News)
-43.75% - Young Sheldon (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-50.00% - Will & Grace
-59.38% - Mom (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-68.75% - Murphy Brown (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-78.13% - SWAT (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," 1.7/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 3.0/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "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 1.1/4 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," 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.5/5. 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 0.6/3 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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