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[04/23/21 - 10:05 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Charts in Total Viewers
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 (4/22/21):

ABC (4.013 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on a competitive Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (4.312 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.626 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "Rebel" (3.101 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Next was NBC (3.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its own trio of "Manifest" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Law & Order: Organized Crime" (4.240 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

FOX (2.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) likewise shared in the demo honors with the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.756 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), a new "Last Man Standing" (2.533 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and the departing "The Moodys" (1.287 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "Young Sheldon" (6.615 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "United States of Al" (5.123 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Mom" (4.865 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "B Positive" (3.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a repeat "Clarice" (1.486 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the feature "2040" (0.302 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Last Man Standing
+14.29% - Hell's Kitchen
0.00% - Station 19
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Law & Order: Organized Crime
0.00% - United States of Al
0.00% - B Positive
0.00% - Manifest
0.00% - The Moodys
-11.11% - Grey's Anatomy
-12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-14.29% - Young Sheldon
-20.00% - Rebel

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Last Man Standing (vs. Mental Samurai (Repeat))
+45.45% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. Last Man Standing/Last Man Standing (Repeat))
+40.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Will & Grace/A Will & Graceful Goodbye)
+20.00% - Mom (vs. Mom (Repeat))
0.00% - The Moodys (vs. Mental Samurai (Repeat))
0.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. Young Sheldon (Repeat))
0.00% - 2040 (vs. Katy Keene/In the Dark)
-14.29% - Law & Order: Organized Crime (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-16.67% - United States of Al (vs. Man with a Plan)
-16.67% - B Positive (vs. Broke)
-23.08% - Manifest (vs. Superstore/Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
-50.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 2020 NFL Draft - Round 1)
-56.25% - Station 19 (vs. 2020 NFL Draft - Round 1)
-75.00% - Rebel (vs. 2020 NFL Draft - Round 1)


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/23/20):

ABC (6.141 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) got a boost on Thursday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "2020 NFL Draft - Round 1" (6.141 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

CBS (5.081 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.740 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Mom" (4.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and originals from "Broke" (4.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Tommy" (4.644 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.141 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its season finales of "Superstore" (3.099 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.322 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) plus the final episode of "Will & Grace" (3.133 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), the special "A Will & Graceful Goodbye" (2.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.677 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.527 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up a new "Last Man Standing" (4.071 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) alongside repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.890 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Mental Samurai" (1.573 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

And finally, fresh installments of "Katy Keene" (0.503 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "In the Dark" (0.398 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) closed out the night on The CW (0.450 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Superstore (vs. 4/2/20)
0.00% - Last Man Standing
0.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
0.00% - Tommy
0.00% - Katy Keene
0.00% - In the Dark
-14.29% - Man with a Plan
-14.29% - Broke
-16.67% - Will & Grace

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - A Will & Graceful Goodbye (vs. Abby's)
+50.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. AP Bio)
+33.33% - 2020 NFL Draft - Round 1
+20.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. Gotham)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Will & Grace (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
-25.00% - Broke (vs. Life in Pieces)
-28.57% - Tommy (vs. SWAT)
-50.00% - In the Dark
-57.14% - Man with a Plan (vs. Young Sheldon)
-66.67% - Katy Keene (vs. Supernatural)

Source: Nielsen Media Research, ShowBuzzDaily.com





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