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[05/08/20 - 08:11 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Tops Demo Race for ABC
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/7/20):

ABC (4.836 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.204 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "Station 19" (5.526 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.778 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

CBS (5.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (6.503 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), a new "Man with a Plan" (6.082 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Mom" (5.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a new "Broke" (4.799 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the season finale of "Tommy" (5.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with an original "Council of Dads" (3.023 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), the return of "Blindspot" (2.143 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.262 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.634 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up the launch of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.785 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a repeat "Mental Samurai" (1.483 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "Katy Keene" (0.471 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.340 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.406 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Council of Dads
+12.50% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
0.00% - Man with a Plan
0.00% - Broke
0.00% - Tommy
0.00% - Katy Keene
0.00% - In the Dark
-11.11% - Station 19
-16.67% - How to Get Away with Murder

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. For the People)
-11.11% - Station 19 (vs. Station 19)
-20.00% - Celebrity Watch Party (vs. Paradise Hotel)
-25.00% - Broke (vs. Life in Pieces)
-28.57% - Tommy (vs. SWAT)
-30.77% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-40.00% - Blindspot (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Abby's)
-46.67% - Council of Dads (vs. Superstore/Superstore)
-50.00% - Katy Keene (vs. iZombie)
-50.00% - In the Dark
-53.33% - Man with a Plan (vs. Young Sheldon)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/9/19):

CBS (7.775 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to the penultimate weeks of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Young Sheldon" (10.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) followed by the season finale of "Mom" (8.188 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and new episodes from "Life in Pieces" (5.710 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "SWAT" (5.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.563 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Station 19" (5.061 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "For the People" (2.341 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was NBC (2.670 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with its lineup of "Superstore" (2.997 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), another "Superstore" (2.523 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.867 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), "Abby's" (1.425 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.602 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.435 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the return of "Paradise Hotel" (1.452 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a second hour of "Paradise Hotel" (1.419 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, fresh installments of "iZombie" (1.002 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "In the Dark" (0.837 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) on The CW (0.919 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - In the Dark
+20.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
+7.14% - Young Sheldon
+5.56% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Life in Pieces
0.00% - SWAT
0.00% - Abby's
0.00% - iZombie
-7.14% - Grey's Anatomy
-11.11% - Superstore
-12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-20.00% - For the People
-25.00% - Station 19

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+60.00% - Superstore - 8:00 (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+40.00% - Superstore - 8:30 (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
0.00% - Station 19
-16.67% - Paradise Hotel - 9:00 (vs. Showtime at the Apollo)
-20.00% - For the People (vs. Quantico)
-22.22% - SWAT
-26.67% - Mom
-27.78% - Grey's Anatomy
-28.57% - Young Sheldon
-28.57% - Paradise Hotel - 8:00 (vs. Gotham)
-32.14% - The Big Bang Theory
-33.33% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. Chicago Fire)
-36.36% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Chicago Fire)
-38.46% - Life in Pieces (vs. Mom)
-50.00% - In the Dark (vs. Arrow)
-55.56% - Abby's (vs. Chicago Fire)
-66.67% - iZombie (vs. Supernatural)

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," 1.6/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.4/2.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 0.9/3 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," 0.2/2 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 0.1/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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