Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Note: CBS’ live NFL broadcast will likely result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.0/8 7.95
NFL Thursday Night Kickoff (CBS) 1.9/8 7.92
Superstore (NBC) 1.1/4 4.28
Gotham (FOX) 0.8/3 2.69
Supernatural (The CW) – P 0.7/3 2.10
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (CBS) (8:30-11 p.m.) 3.1/11 10.45
The Good Place (NBC) 1.2/5 3.98
9 p.m. Will & Grace (NBC) 1.7/6 6.59
Scandal (ABC) 1.2/4 5.05
The Orville (FOX) 1.0/4 3.38
Arrow (The CW) – P 0.6/2 1.57
9:30 p.m. Great News (NBC) 1.0/4 4.28
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.1/4 6.01
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.0/4 3.86


Two of the longest-running dramas currently on TV put up solid ratings Thursday night.

“Grey’s Anatomy,” in its 14th season, was the top non-sports show in primetime with a 2.0 rating, even with last week’s preliminary number (it adjusted up to 2.1 in the finals). “Supernatural” began its 13th season with a 0.7 on The CW, off a tenth of a point from last season’s debut but a little ahead of its 2016-17 average.

“How to Get Away with Murder” (1.0) ticked up a tenth vs. last week for ABC, but “Scandal” fell two tenths from its premiere to 1.2. “Arrow’s” premiere scored a 0.6 for The CW, down from 0.7 for last fall’s debut but in line with its average last season.

At NBC, “The Good Place” and “Great News” were even with last week, but “Superstore” (1.1, -0.1), “Will & Grace” (1.7, -0.3) and “Chicago Fire” (1.1, -0.1) were down. “The Orville” (1.0) rose a tenth for FOX, but “Gotham” slid a tenth to 0.8.

CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” broadcast is currently down slightly in both the fast nationals and in metered market households (10.6 vs. 11.1 last week).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.9/10 1.4/5 1.2/5 0.9/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 10.03 5.62 5.19 3.04 1.83


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 2.0/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: n/a, delayed by NFL overrun

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 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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