Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, January 23, 2020

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Station 19 (ABC) – P 1.2/7 6.98
Last Man Standing (FOX) 0.8/5 4.45
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.7/4 5.58
Superstore (NBC) 0.7/4 2.73
Supernatural (The CW) 0.2/1 1.02
8:30 p.m. Outmatched (FOX) – P 0.7/4 3.23
The Good Place (NBC) 0.6/3 2.11
The Unicorn (CBS) – R 0.4/3 3.80
9 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.4/7 6.65
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.5/3 4.12
Deputy (FOX) 0.5/3 3.18
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.5/3 2.30
Legacies (The CW) 0.2/1 0.72
9:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.97
Perfect Harmony (NBC) – F 0.3/2 1.42
10 p.m. A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/4 4.20
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.4/3 2.39
The Gayle King Grammy Special (CBS) – S 0.3/2 2.63


A crossover event helped carry ABC to a strong win over the other networks in the Thursday primetime ratings this week.

At 8 p.m., a crossover with “Grey’s Anatomy” boosted the season 3 premiere of “Station 19” to a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and the largest audience of the night (6.98 million viewers). Those numbers put “Station 19” predictably above its second season’s overall demo and viewer averages from last year (1.0, 5.29 million), but on par with how its crossover episodes performed last season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” followed “Station 19” with a 1.4 rating and a 6.65 million viewer audience in the 9 p.m. hour – scoring the same demo rating as its last episode of 2019. Meanwhile, “A Million Little Things” (0.8) also returned from its winter break, and similarly held steady with its most recent outing.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “Last Man Standing” aired only one episode this week, but still scored the same 0.8 rating that its pair of episodes did last week. The veteran series acted as the lead-in this week for the series premiere of “Outmatched” at 8:30 p.m., which got off to an OK start last night with a 0.7 rating and a 3.23 million viewer audience. It scored the same 18-49 rating that the “Deputy” premiere did on Jan. 2, when it similarly had a new “Last Man Standing” episode as its lead-in.

Speaking of “Deputy,” the freshman drama’s ratings decline continued this week, as the series ticked down from its 0.6 rating last week to a 0.5 this time around.

Unlike “Deputy,” NBC’s “Superstore” (0.7), “The Good Place” (0.6), and “Will & Grace” (0.5) all managed to tick up one-tenth from their previous outings. The same could not be said for the “Perfect Harmony” finale, which posted the same 0.3 rating that the show’s penultimate episode did last Thursday.

On the CW, “Supernatural” took a small hit week-to-week, falling from its previous 0.3 to a 0.2. “Legacies,” however, stayed even with another 0.2. Rounding out the night, “The Gayle King Grammy Special,” which was CBS’ only original primetime broadcast, raked in a 0.3 rating and 2.63 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/6 0.6/4 0.5/3 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.94 3.51 3.79 2.23 0.87



Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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