Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, November 21, 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.) 2.6/12 9.41
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.3/7 6.37
Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.0/5 8.33
Superstore (NBC) 0.7/4 2.66
Supernatural (The CW) 0.2/1 1.15
8:30 p.m. The Unicorn (CBS) 0.7/4 5.72
Perfect Harmony (NBC) 0.4/2 1.87
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 0.8/4 6.02
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/4 4.61
The Good Place (NBC) 0.6/3 2.03
Legacies (The CW) 0.2/1 0.85
9:30 p.m. Carol’s Second Act (CBS) 0.6/3 4.89
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.5/3 2.19
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.6/3 3.79
Evil (CBS) 0.5/3 3.45
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.4/2 2.22


“Young Sheldon” experienced an unfortunate ratings hit this week, on an otherwise mostly steady Thursday night for CBS.

At 8 p.m., “Sheldon” kicked off the night for CBS with a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.33 million viewers, down from its season high 1.2 rating and 9.05 million viewers last Thursday. “Mom” similarly slipped from its previous 0.9 to a 0.8 this week, while “The Unicorn” (0.7), “Carol’s Second Act” (0.6), and “Evil” (0.5) all matched their last ratings.

On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” scored the same 1.3 rating that it did a week ago, making it the night’s highest-rated scripted broadcast yet again. “A Million Little Things” stayed similarly steady, and raked in another 0.8 rating. “How to Get Away with Murder,” however, ticked back down from a 0.5 to a 0.4.

The night brought slightly more mixed results for NBC. “Perfect Harmony” (0.4) and “The Good Place” (0.6) both posted the same ratings that they did last week, while “Superstore” (0.7) and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.6) each ticked down a tenth from their previous episodes. “Will & Grace” was the network’s only show of the night to improve week-to-week, ticking up from a 0.4 to a 0.5.

Elsewhere, the CW’s “Supernatural” (0.2) and “Legacies” (0.2) both fell one-tenth from their last outings. Meanwhile, FOX easily topped the other networks with its broadcast of the Indianapolis vs. Houston “Thursday Night Football” game averaging a 2.6 rating and 9.41 million viewers. Pending updates, that puts “TNF” down quite a bit from the 3.3 rating and 11.65 million viewer audience that last week’s game scored in the preliminary numbers.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.6/12 0.8/4 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.41 4.40 5.31 2.72 1.00



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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