Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, October 24, 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.) 2.8/13 9.92
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.3/6 6.05
Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.1/5 8.50
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/4 2.93
Supernatural (The CW) 0.3/2 1.25
8:30 p.m. The Unicorn (CBS) 0.8/4 5.88
Perfect Harmony (NBC) 0.4/2 2.07
9 p.m. A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.9/4 4.39
Mom (CBS) 0.8/4 6.35
The Good Place (NBC) 0.6/3 1.94
Legacies (The CW) 0.2/1 0.88
9:30 p.m. Carol’s Second Act (CBS) 0.7/3 5.11
Will & Grace (NBC) – P 0.5/3 2.28
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.7/3 3.63
Evil (CBS) 0.5/3 3.59
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.5/3 2.42


“Young Sheldon” kicked off a mostly steady Thursday night for CBS with a small week-to-week uptick.

At 8 p.m., the comedy series scored a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 with 8.5 million viewers, up one-tenth from its rating a week ago and tying its current season high in the 18-49 demo. “The Unicorn” followed it with a 0.8, also up a tenth from its last episode, while “Mom” (0.8) and “Carol’s Second Act” (0.7) stayed even. “Evil” capped off the night for the network by falling back down from its previous 0.7 to a 0.5.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was the night’s highest-rated scripted show yet again, after ticking up from a 1.2 to a 1.3 this week. “A Million Little Things” similarly rose two-tenths to a 0.9, and “How to Get Away with Murder” climbed back up from a 0.4 to a 0.5 as well.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Will & Grace” kicked off its final season in disappointingly quiet fashion. Replacing “Sunnyside” in the night’s 9:30 p.m. time slot, the “Will & Grace” premiere raked in only a 0.5 rating, down from both its season premiere last year (1.0) and its overall 2018-19 season average (0.7).

It was an unfortunate note on an otherwise steady night for NBC, as “Superstore” (0.8), “Perfect Harmony” (0.4), and “The Good Place” (0.6) all matched their ratings from a week ago. “Law & Order: SVU” (0.7) even topped its scripted competition in the 10 p.m. hour with a one-tenth uptick week-to-week.

On the CW, “Supernatural” held steady with its second straight 0.3. “Legacies,” however, slipped from its 0.3 final rating last Thursday to a 0.2 this time around.

Meanwhile, “Thursday Night Football” kept FOX on top of the night’s primetime ratings, averaging a 2.8 with 9.92 million viewers in this morning’s preliminary numbers. That puts it on par with the preliminary ratings for last week’s “TNF” broadcast (2.9, 9.75 million), which adjusted up to a 4.2 with 13.68 million viewers in the finals.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.8/13 0.9/4 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.92 4.29 5.50 2.75 1.06



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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