Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, November 14, 2019

Note: FOX’s live NFL broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals later today.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Thursday Night Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 3.3/16 11.65
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.3/7 6.30
Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.2/6 8.98
Superstore (NBC) 0.7/4 2.74
Supernatural (The CW) 0.3/2 1.32
8:30 p.m. The Unicorn (CBS) 0.7/4 5.67
Perfect Harmony (NBC) 0.4/2 1.86
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 0.9/4 6.26
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/4 4.61
The Good Place (NBC) 0.6/3 2.06
Legacies (The CW) 0.3/1 0.88
9:30 p.m. Carol’s Second Act (CBS) 0.6/3 4.75
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.4/2 2.14
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.7/4 3.76
Evil (CBS) 0.5/3 3.28
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.5/2 2.33


Thursday’s primetime ratings winners stayed the same week-to-week.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” remained the night’s highest-rated scripted show, with the same 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 that it scored a week ago. “A Million Little Things” followed it with a 0.8 rating for the second week in a row, while “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.5) ticked up one-tenth from its last episode.

CBS’ “Young Sheldon” once again raked in the largest audience (8.98 million viewers) of any of the night’s scripted shows, and rose from its previous 1.1 to a season high 1.2 rating. “Mom” similarly hit a new season high in the 18-49 demo, after ticking up from a 0.8 to a 0.9. “The Unicorn” (0.7) and “Carol’s Second Act” (0.6), however, both slipped a tenth from their most recent outings, and “Evil” held steady with another 0.5 in the 10 p.m. hour.

On NBC, “Superstore” (0.7) and “The Good Place” (0.6) both stayed even week-to-week. “Law & Order: SVU” (0.7) managed to climb up a tick, but the same could not be said for “Perfect Harmony” (0.4) or “Will & Grace” (0.4), both of which fell one-tenth from their episodes last week.

Elsewhere, the CW’s “Supernatural” maintained its previous 0.3 rating, and “Legacies” (0.3) ticked up a tenth. Meanwhile, FOX’s broadcast of the “Thursday Night Football” game between Pittsburgh and Cleveland topped the night with a 3.3 rating and 11.65 million viewers. Pending updates, that puts the game notably up from the 2.6 preliminary rating and 9.42 million viewer audience that last week’s “TNF” game scored.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.3/16 0.9/4 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.65 4.41 5.37 2.72 1.10



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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