Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, October 17, 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.) 2.9/14 9.75
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.2/6 5.73
Young Sheldon (CBS) 0.9/5 7.75
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/4 2.99
Supernatural (The CW) 0.3/2 1.16
8:30 p.m. The Unicorn (CBS) 0.7/4 5.28
Perfect Harmony (NBC) 0.4/2 2.09
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 0.8/4 5.76
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.7/4 4.04
The Good Place (NBC) 0.6/3 2.02
Legacies (The CW) 0.2/1 0.85
9:30 p.m. Carol’s Second Act (CBS) 0.7/3 4.97
Sunnyside (NBC) 0.3/2 1.22
10 p.m. Evil (CBS) 0.7/4 3.78
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.6/3 3.37
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.5/2 2.20


It was a mixed bag of upticks and downticks in the Thursday primetime ratings this week.

Once again, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was the night’s no. 1 scripted show, with a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.73 million viewers, down from its 1.4 and 6.09 million viewer audience from a week ago. “A Million Little Things” similarly ticked down from its previous 0.8 to a 0.7, while “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.5) stayed even.

Elsewhere, FOX’s live “Thursday Night Football” broadcast put the network on top of the night’s ratings yet again, with a 2.9 average rating and 9.75 million viewers. That puts “TNF” down quite a bit from the 3.4 and 11.97 million viewer audience that last week’s game scored in the preliminary ratings, before adjusting up to a 4.8 with 15.95 million viewers in the finals.

NBC’s “Superstore” held steady with yet another 0.8, and hit a new season high in total viewers (2.99 million). “Perfect Harmony” (0.4), “The Good Place” (0.6), and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.6) all matched their ratings from a week ago as well, as did “Sunnyside” (0.3), with its last episode to air on TV.

CBS’ “Young Sheldon” fell from a 1.0 to a 0.9, while “The Unicorn” (0.7) and “Mom” (0.8) stayed even with their last outings. “Carol’s Second Act” (0.7) and “Evil” (0.7) capped off the night for the network by ticking up a tenth week-to-week.

On the CW, “Supernatural” (0.3) and “Legacies” (0.2) each ticked down one-tenth from their season premiere ratings last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.9/14 0.8/4 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.75 3.99 5.22 2.51 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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