Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Some random thoughts:
Still catching up on the fall season. It took about 20 minutes of "The Gifted" for me to remember that I am not of fan of this genre. I slogged through "Legion" because it was "art," but I'm not coming back for that puppy.
"The Gifted" was a strange one. I thought it was a show about a family of mutants, but the cold open introduces yet another group of X-Men types who throw hands and stuff comes out of them. When you finally meet the family, it turns out the mom had no idea that her kids were mutants, and when she asks her daughter why she hadn't told her, the kid's response is "Mom, don't you think I've been trying to?" Bad parenting and I'm out.
I have been asked if CBS was smart in previewing "Young Sheldon" more than a month before it returns to the air. Yes. We did something similar with "Glee's" first episode, and it helps to build up anticipation for a well-crafted comedy. It also gave CBS a more eventful kickoff to the fall season.
"Mr. Robot" is fading fast. I enjoyed the first season, but like "Legion," it's all style, no substance. Puzzle-TV only gets you so far.
I've been finding it hard to get back into the dramas that are piling up on my DVR. Catching up on the comedies. I have a growing appreciation of "The Goldbergs." Funny and heart is an excellent combination. Please, we don't need a '90s spinoff.
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Oct. 26, 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) 1.8/7 7.61
NFL Thursday Night Kickoff (CBS) 1.5/6 6.55
Superstore (NBC) 1.2/5 4.57
Gotham (FOX) 0.9/3 2.83
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.94
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (CBS) (8:30-11 p.m.) 2.2/8 8.12
The Good Place (NBC) 1.1/4 3.98
9 p.m. Will & Grace (NBC) 1.8/7 6.64
The Orville (FOX) 1.2/5 4.15
Scandal (ABC) 1.1/4 4.91
Arrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.37
9:30 p.m. Great News (NBC) 1.0/4 4.00
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.2/5 6.54
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.9/3 3.61


NBC and FOX had an up night in the ratings Thursday, as all but one show on the two networks built on last week’s numbers.

“Gotham” (0.9 in adults 18-49) rose a tenth of a point for FOX, and “The Orville” (1.2) improved by two tenths vs. its last episode two weeks ago. That’s the show’s best rating since moving to Thursdays.

At NBC, “Superstore” (1.2 , +0.1), “Will & Grace” (1.8, +0.1), “Great News” (1.0, +0.2) and “Chicago Fire” (1.2, +0.1) all rose a little. “The Good Place” was even with last week at 1.1.

“Grey’s Anatomy” returned to ABC from a week off with a 1.8, tied for the night’s best scripted performance but off 0.3 vs. its last episode. “Scandal” (1.1) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.9) were steady.

On The CW, “Arrow” was even with last week, while “Supernatural” was off a tenth at 0.6. CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” was low: Its preliminary 8.12 million viewers and 2.2 in adults 18-49 are down from 9.9 million and 2.8 last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/8 1.3/5 1.3/5 1.0/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.86 5.38 5.38 3.49 1.65


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.1/6

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

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/5

“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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