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[01/24/20 - 08:12 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC's Dramas Return 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 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/23/20):

ABC (5.943 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with the return of "Station 19" (6.981 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (6.648 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (4.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

The silver went to FOX (3.508 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with a new "Last Man Standing" (4.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), the premiere of "Outmatched" (3.233 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a new "Deputy" (3.178 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was CBS (3.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (5.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "The Unicorn" (3.800 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), another "Young Sheldon" (4.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Mom" (3.973 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) plus "The Gayle King Grammy Special" (2.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.733 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "The Good Place" (2.106 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Will & Grace" (2.302 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) alongside the season finale of "Perfect Harmony" (1.420 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.394 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.015 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and "Legacies" (0.718 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Will & Grace
+20.00% - The Good Place
+16.67% - Superstore
+7.69% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 11/21/19)
0.00% - Last Man Standing
0.00% - A Million Little Things (vs. 11/21/19)
0.00% - Perfect Harmony
0.00% - Legacies
-16.67% - Deputy
-33.33% - Supernatural

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Last Man Standing (vs. Gotham)
+33.33% - A Million Little Things (vs. How to Get Away with Murder)
+27.27% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. A Million Little Things)
+16.67% - Outmatched
-25.00% - Station 19 (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-28.57% - Deputy (vs. The Orville)
-33.33% - Legacies
-41.67% - Superstore (vs. The Titan Games)
-50.00% - Will & Grace (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
-50.00% - The Good Place (vs. The Titan Games)
-50.00% - Supernatural
-50.00% - The Gayle King Grammy Special (vs. SWAT (Repeat))
-62.50% - Perfect Harmony (vs. The Good Place)


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/24/19):

ABC (5.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "A Million Little Things" (5.440 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.744 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

CBS (5.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), a new "Fam" (6.380 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "The Big Bang Theory" (6.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another new "Fam" (5.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "SWAT" (4.195 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.602 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with fresh installments from "The Titan Games" (4.857 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.030 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by the season finale of "The Good Place" (2.656 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.107 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.786 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) with originals from "Gotham" (2.427 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Orville" (3.144 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.407 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and the return of "Legacies" (1.046 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.227 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
0.00% - A Million Little Things
0.00% - The Good Place
0.00% - The Orville
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Legacies (vs. 12/13/18)
-7.69% - The Titan Games
-14.29% - How to Get Away with Murder
-14.29% - Gotham
-15.79% - Grey's Anatomy
-20.00% - Fam

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. Will & Grace (Repeat))
+60.00% - The Good Place (vs. Great News)
+42.86% - Fam - 8:30 (vs. MVP: Most Valuable Performer)
+4.35% - The Titan Games (vs. Superstore/The Good Place)
-15.38% - A Million Little Things (vs. Scandal)
-25.00% - Legacies (vs. Arrow)
-27.27% - Grey's Anatomy
-27.27% - Fam - 9:30 (vs. Young Sheldon (Repeat))
-33.33% - Supernatural
-40.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
-45.45% - Gotham (vs. The Four: Battle for Stardom)
-46.15% - The Orville (vs. The Four: Battle for Stardom)

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," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.3/2; 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 0.2/2 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," 1.1/4. 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 with an encore 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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