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[11/06/20 - 08:17 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Thursday Night Football" Hold Off Competition
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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/5/20):

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

FOX (8.602 million viewers, #T; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with fresh installments of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.982 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

The silver went to ABC (4.458 million viewers, #T; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with a special "The Bachelorette" (5.318 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) followed by "Your Voice/Your Vote: Election 2020" (2.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (3.879 million viewers, #T; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its season premieres of "Young Sheldon" (6.536 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "B Positive" (4.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Mom" (4.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) alongside a repeat "Young Sheldon" (3.065 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and the special "CBS News 2020: America Decides" (1.993 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.883 million viewers, #T; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a new "Superstore" (2.312 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), a repeat "Superstore" (1.353 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "NBC News: Decision 2020: Election Special" (1.908 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.746 million viewers, #T; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Supernatural" (1.032 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "The Outpost" (0.459 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Supernatural
+22.22% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
+16.67% - The Bachelorette (vs. 10/27/20)
+8.70% - Thursday Night Football
0.00% - The Outpost
-16.67% - Superstore

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - The Bachelorette (vs. Grey's Anatomy/A Million Little Things)
+25.00% - Your Voice/Your Vote: Election 2020 (vs. How to Get Away with Murder)
0.00% - Supernatural
-7.41% - Thursday Night Football
-12.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-25.00% - B Positive (vs. The Unicorn)
-25.00% - Mom
-28.57% - Superstore
-31.03% - NBC News: Decision 2020: Election Special (vs. Various)
-36.36% - Young Sheldon
-40.00% - CBS News 2020: America Decides (vs. Evil)
-50.00% - The Outpost (vs. Legacies)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/7/19):

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

FOX (9.424 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to the "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.401 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

ABC (4.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two network with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.485 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.271 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Next up was CBS (5.466 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its original mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.725 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.929 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (6.198 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.994 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Evil" (3.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.651 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Perfect Harmony" (1.986 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "The Good Place" (1.989 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.175 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.572 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.123 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Legacies" (0.787 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (0.955 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+18.18% - Grey's Anatomy
+14.29% - A Million Little Things
+4.17% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
0.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. 10/24/19)
0.00% - Mom (vs. 10/24/19)
0.00% - The Unicorn (vs. 10/24/19)
0.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. 10/24/19)
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Evil (vs. 10/24/19)
0.00% - Perfect Harmony
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
0.00% - Supernatural (vs. 10/24/19)
0.00% - Legacies (vs. 10/24/19)
-6.90% - Thursday Night Football
-14.29% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-14.29% - The Good Place
-16.67% - Will & Grace

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Supernatural
-3.85% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-12.50% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Murphy Brown)
-14.29% - The Good Place (vs. The Voice: Road to Live Shows)
-15.63% - Thursday Night Football
-18.75% - Grey's Anatomy
-20.00% - A Million Little Things (vs. Station 19)
-22.22% - Superstore
-28.57% - Evil (vs. SWAT)
-28.57% - Will & Grace (vs. The Voice: Road to Live Shows)
-33.33% - Mom
-33.33% - Legacies
-33.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-37.50% - Perfect Harmony (vs. The Good Place)
-42.86% - How to Get Away with Murder
-52.17% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-55.56% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon)

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

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Source: Nielsen Media Research





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