Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Note: NBC’s live “Thursday Night Football” broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.7/11 13.58
Football Night in America (NBC) 2.1/8 7.91
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.9/7 8.13
Gotham (FOX) 0.9/3 2.69
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.74
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 2.5/9 8.84
Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.2/8 12.31
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.5/6 8.79
Scandal (ABC) 1.1/4 5.00
The Orville (FOX) 1.0/4 3.66
Arrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.33
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.2/5 6.58
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) 1.0/4 6.58
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.9/3 3.73


The 300th episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” had a ratings uptick for ABC Thursday night.

The episode scored a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, up a tenth of a point vs. last week. Its 8.13 million viewers are a season high.

“Scandal” (1.1) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.9) were even with last week — as were most shows in primetime Thursday.

“The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon” and “Life in Pieces” are all matching last week’s finals on CBS. “Mom” (1.5) is up a tenth of a point for CBS, and “SWAT” is down a tenth at 1.0.

“Gotham” and “The Orville” held steady for FOX, and so did “Supernatural” and “Arrow” on The CW.

NBC’s first “Thursday Night Football” broadcast of the season drew a 9.4 household rating in the metered markets — on par with both last week’s “Sunday Night Football” (9.6) and its first Thursday game last season (9.3). Since the game involved two teams out west (Arizona and Seattle), its fast national ratings will likely adjust up a good amount in the finals.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.4/8 1.6/6 1.3/5 1.0/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.69 9.07 5.62 3.17 1.53


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.6/3, 2.9/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: n/a, delayed by NFL overrun

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: n/a, delayed

: 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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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