Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Oct. 19, 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. NFL Thursday Night Kickoff (CBS) 1.9/8 7.56
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC) – S 1.4/5 5.99
Superstore (NBC) 1.1/4 4.21
Gotham (FOX) 0.8/3 2.71
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.90
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (CBS) (8:30-11 p.m.) 2.8/11 9.90
Toy Story of Terror (ABC) – S 1.1/4 4.76
The Good Place (NBC) 1.1/4 3.92
9 p.m. Will & Grace (NBC) 1.7/6 6.51
Scandal (ABC) 1.1/4 4.67
The Orville (FOX) – R 0.6/2 2.20
Arrow (The CW) 0.6/2 1.53
9:30 p.m. Great News (NBC) 0.8/3 3.78
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.1/4 6.32
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.9/4 3.58

 

With “Grey’s Anatomy” taking the week off, “Will & Grace” was Thursday’s top scripted show in adults 18-49. The NBC comedy posted a 1.7 rating in the demographic, even with last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up in the finals).

“Superstore” and “Chicago Fire” (1.1 each) were also steady for NBC, while “The Good Place” (1.1, -0.1) and “Great News” (0.8, -0.2) dipped some.

“Supernatural” (0.6) came down a tenth of a point from its premiere last week but is in line with last season’s average on The CW. “Arrow” matched the 0.6 for its premiere. FOX’s “Gotham” equaled last week’s 0.8, while “The Orville” aired a rerun.

ABC’s annual Halloween specials were both down a good amount from last year, when they aired on a Wednesday night. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1.4) fell by 0.8, and “Toy Story of Terror” (1.1) dropped 0.9. “Scandal” (1.1) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.9) each ticked down a tenth.

CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” (2.8, 9.9 million viewers, pending updates) is currently down from last week’s preliminary numbers of 3.1 and 10.45 million viewers.

Network averages:

CBS NBC ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.7/10 1.2/5 1.1/4 0.7/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.51 5.18 4.54 2.46 1.72

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.2/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/2, 1.7/4

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

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.5/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: n/a, delayed

Definitions:
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: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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