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[05/01/20 - 08:48 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "A Parks and Recreation Special" Tops 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 (4/30/20):

ABC (4.864 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led a competitive demo race on Thursday with its mix of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Station 19" (5.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

CBS (6.353 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with the season finale of "Young Sheldon" (9.974 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a new "Man with a Plan" (6.636 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a repeat "Mom" (6.166 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and originals from "Broke" (5.051 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Tommy" (5.145 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its special lineup of "The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation" (3.376 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "A Parks and Recreation Special" (3.673 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), a repeat "Council of Dads" (1.818 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and the formal premiere of "Council of Dads" (2.011 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "Last Man Standing" (4.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) plus repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.746 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Mental Samurai" (1.612 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, The CW (0.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed the evening with fresh installments from "Katy Keene" (0.446 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "In the Dark" (0.392 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+60.00% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (vs. 4/22/20)
+16.67% - Man with a Plan
+16.67% - Last Man Standing
+10.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. 4/16/20)
0.00% - Broke
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. 4/16/20)
0.00% - Tommy
0.00% - Katy Keene
0.00% - In the Dark
-30.77% - Station 19 (vs. 4/16/20)
-57.14% - Council of Dads (vs. 3/24/20)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+180.00% - A Parks and Recreation Special (vs. AP Bio)
+20.00% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. For the People)
+11.11% - The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation (vs. Superstore)
0.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. Miss USA 2019)
0.00% - In the Dark
-25.00% - Station 19
-25.00% - Broke (vs. Life in Pieces)
-28.57% - Tommy (vs. SWAT)
-38.89% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-42.86% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-50.00% - Man with a Plan (vs. Young Sheldon)
-50.00% - Katy Keene (vs. iZombie)
-62.50% - Council of Dads (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/2/19):

CBS (7.742 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Young Sheldon" (10.529 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Mom" (7.961 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Life in Pieces" (5.629 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.084 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

ABC (5.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Station 19" (6.379 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "For the People" (2.660 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its presentation of "Miss USA 2019" (2.964 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.658 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (3.031 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "AP Bio" (1.872 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.723 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Abby's" (1.492 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.915 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, the return of "iZombie" (0.752 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a new "In the Dark" (0.513 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.632 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Abby's
+33.33% - Station 19 (vs. 4/18/19)
+28.57% - Superstore
+25.00% - AP Bio
+16.67% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 4/18/19)
+14.29% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+5.88% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Young Sheldon
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Life in Pieces
0.00% - SWAT
0.00% - For the People (vs. 4/18/19)
0.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
-50.00% - In the Dark

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Miss USA 2019 (vs. 5/21/18)
+12.50% - Superstore
+9.09% - Station 19
0.00% - Abby's (vs. Champions)
0.00% - For the People (vs. Quantico)
0.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. Will & Grace (Repeat))
-12.50% - Grey's Anatomy
-12.50% - SWAT
-16.67% - AP Bio
-20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Chicago Fire)
-21.43% - Mom
-21.74% - The Big Bang Theory
-26.32% - Young Sheldon
-27.27% - Life in Pieces
-50.00% - iZombie (vs. Supernatural)
-75.00% - In the Dark (vs. Arrow)

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," 2.6/7; 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," 0.4/3; "Late Show," 0.4/3 and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/4 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," 1.0/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/5. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 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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